2016 Aragon Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Low-Key Battle

A hot afternoon greeted the intermediate class for their qualifying session, although the action proved to be both calmer and closer than the class that preceded them. There was no dramatic last minute fight, no major incidents and no big surprises at the top.

For the first part of the session it looked like a straight affair between early leader Jonas Folger and the two closest challengers, Johann Zarco and Alex Marquez. With eight minutes left of the session, Sam Lowes crashed the party to snatch pole position from home boy Marquez by a slender margin of five hundredths of a second.

Marquez did have another go at pole but the mission proved impossible, the Spaniard settling for second position. Takaaki Nakagami also looked like challenging the lead but will complete the first row for Sunday’s race.

Folger couldn’t improve on an early fast lap, dropping him back to fourth, just ahead of Zarco, the championship leader also struggling towards the end of the session. They will share second row with Lorenzo Baldassarri, who added another small crash to his portfolio.

Franco Morbidelli will be somewhat disappointed to have qualified seventh after a good showing during practice, to which a one-place grid penalty will be applied for the incident that saw Miguel Oliveira injured and out of the race. That means Thomas Luthi gains a spot, with Axel Pons closing the third line of the grid.

A thirteenth position means that Alex Rins will start the race from the fifth row, with quite a lot to do and hoping to feel better by Sunday afternoon.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'53.207    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'53.261 0.054 0.054
3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'53.491 0.284 0.230
4 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'53.501 0.294 0.010
5 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'53.659 0.452 0.158
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'53.750 0.543 0.091
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'53.844 0.637 0.094
8 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'53.998 0.791 0.154
9 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'54.001 0.794 0.003
10 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'54.027 0.820 0.026
11 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'54.075 0.868 0.048
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'54.154 0.947 0.079
13 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'54.163 0.956 0.009
14 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'54.199 0.992 0.036
15 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'54.240 1.033 0.041
16 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'54.312 1.105 0.072
17 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'54.350 1.143 0.038
18 4 Steven ODENDAAL Kalex 1'54.761 1.554 0.411
19 77 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex 1'54.764 1.557 0.003
20 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'54.775 1.568 0.011
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'54.830 1.623 0.055
22 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'54.959 1.752 0.129
23 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'54.984 1.777 0.025
24 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'54.998 1.791 0.014
25 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'55.068 1.861 0.070
26 89 Alan TECHER NTS 1'55.088 1.881 0.020
27 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'55.096 1.889 0.008
28 52 Danny KENT Kalex 1'55.245 2.038 0.149
29 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 1'55.548 2.341 0.303
30 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 1'56.363 3.156 0.815
  44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Kalex      

 

Round Number: 
14
2016
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Comments

Good to see Sam on pole. Glad the past couple of races haven't dented his 'drive'...
Shame about his brother Alex, who won't be racing this weekend after damaging his ankle quite badly.