2021 Portimao Moto2 Qualifying Result: Top And Tumble

The final session of the day got underway in beautiful conditions in Portimao and it was Sam Lowes who achieved a pole hat-trick and all time lap record after leading the way throughout Q2. The British rider ended the day with a little tumble at turn 11 but Remy Gardner could not find those couple hundredths of a second to demote him and settled for second. If the top two was quite predictable, there were a few more surprises behind them, where Xavi Vierge went through Q1 to climb onto the front row of the grid, under two tenths off pole.

Rookie Ai Ogura did another phenomenal job to open the second row of the grid, initially ahead of fellow rookie Raul Fernandez, but the Spaniard’s best time got cancelled due to a yellow flag infringement and it promoted Marco Bezzecchi and Augusto Fernandez to row two. Albert Arenas also overcame Q1 to join row three, while Joe Roberts seemed to struggle more than in practice and could only achieve eighth position. Aron Canet’s early hot lap was good enough to break the lap record but the Spaniard slid all the way down to ninth place as the session progressed.

Fernandez had to make do with tenth, opening the fourth row ahead of Q1 leader Somkiat Chantra and Hector Garzo, while Cameron Beaubier, Jake Dixon and Nicolo Bulega completed row five. The likes of Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marcos Ramirez did not feature greatly in proceedings and could only qualify 16th and 17th, while Tom Luthi took his sweet time to do a flying lap in Q1 and once he did, it was only fast enough for 22nd. Still not as unlucky as Jorge Navarro, who started Q1 with a big highside at turn 11 and will have to fight from the back of the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'42.901    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'42.924 0.023 0.023
3 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.075 0.174 0.151
4 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'43.121 0.220 0.046
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.170 0.269 0.049
6 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.259 0.358 0.089
7 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'43.304 0.403 0.045
8 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.314 0.413 0.010
9 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'43.359 0.458 0.045
10 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'43.389 0.488 0.030
11 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'43.454 0.553 0.065
12 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.472 0.571 0.018
13 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'43.475 0.574 0.003
14 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.664 0.763 0.189
15 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'43.676 0.775 0.012
16 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'43.744 0.843 0.068
17 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.841 0.940 0.097
18 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'44.003 1.102 0.162
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'43.318    
Q2 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'43.419 0.101 0.101
Q2 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'43.482 0.164 0.063
Q2 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.504 0.186 0.022
19 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.523 0.205 0.019
20 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'43.772 0.454 0.249
21 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'43.778 0.460 0.006
22 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'43.993 0.675 0.215
23 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'44.195 0.877 0.202
24 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'44.269 0.951 0.074
25 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'44.462 1.144 0.193
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'44.773 1.455 0.311
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'44.908 1.590 0.135
28 77 Miquel Pons MV Agusta 1'46.176 2.858 1.268
29 89 Fraser Rogers NTS 1'46.753 3.435 0.577
30 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'49.000 5.682 2.247
Round Number: 
3
2021
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