2022 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Result: The Time Has Come

The final qualifying session of the day at Le Mans kept us on our toes, starting with a closely fought Q1 seeing the top five men covered by five hundredths of a second and the unlucky party being the world championship leader. Q2 followed it up with a dramatic crash, a fine save and the arrival of the Chosen One, Pedro Acosta improving his own lap record from earlier today as he secured a maiden pole position in Moto2. The rookie was unchallenged once he picked up the lead in the final four minutes of the session and ended the day one tenth of a second ahead of Jake Dixon. Augusto Fernandez joins his teammate onto the front row of the grid, while Sam Lowes started the session in prime position but then suffered a nasty high side at turn eight and quickly got punished on the timesheets, dropping back to fourth.

The Marc VDS rider will be in the company of Albert Arenas and the surprise addition to the intermediate class, Alonso Lopez, who qualifies sixth on his return to the paddock, only four tenths off pole. Aron Canet kept calm and claimed seventh, opening the third row of the grid ahead of Ai Ogura, whose session ended in the gravel at turn six, and Bo Bendsneyder, who successfully escaped Q1. Tony Arbolino rounded out the top 10, with Somkiat Chantra settling for 11th due to a late tumble at turn 10 and Jorge Navarro a decent 12th after going through Q1.

Marcel Schrotter, Marcos Ramirez and Lorenzo Dalla Porta make up row five, the Italian getting some airtime as he led the way in Q1 before performing a nice save for the highlights reel. Stefano Manzi opens row six ahead of Cameron Beaubier and Fermín Aldeguer, while championship leader Celestino Vietti had a tough task on his hands in Q1, missing out by six thousandths of a second and forced to defend his lead from 19th on the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 51 Pedro Acosta Kalex 1:35.803    
2 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1:35.921 0.118 0.118
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1:35.963 0.160 0.042
4 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:36.071 0.268 0.108
5 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 1:36.088 0.285 0.017
6   Alonso Lopez   1:36.269 0.466 0.181
7 40 Aron Canet Kalex 1:36.303 0.500 0.034
8 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1:36.309 0.506 0.006
9 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1:36.341 0.538 0.032
10 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1:36.351 0.548 0.010
11 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1:36.461 0.658 0.110
12 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:36.472 0.669 0.011
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:36.502 0.699 0.030
14 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 1:36.743 0.940 0.241
15 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1:36.962 1.159 0.219
16   Stefano Manzi   1:36.979 1.176 0.017
17 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1:37.037 1.234 0.058
18 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1:37.098 1.295 0.061
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1:36.259    
Q2 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1:36.278 0.019 0.019
Q2 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1:36.297 0.038 0.019
Q2 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:36.304 0.045 0.007
19 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1:36.310 0.051 0.006
20 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Kalex 1:36.434 0.175 0.124
21 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1:36.478 0.219 0.044
22 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 1:36.528 0.269 0.050
23 12 Filip Salac Kalex 1:36.599 0.340 0.071
24 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 1:36.623 0.364 0.024
25 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1:36.766 0.507 0.143
26 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 1:37.031 0.772 0.265
27 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 1:37.105 0.846 0.074
28 28 Niccolň Antonelli Kalex 1:37.422 1.163 0.317
29 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 1:37.778 1.519 0.356
30 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 1:38.454 2.195 0.676
Round Number: 
7
2022
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