2017 Assen Moto2 Qualifying Result: Finding The Secret To a Drying Track

An engine blow-up courtesy of Aprilia in the MotoGP qualifying session caused a delay in proceedings for the intermediate class. The clean-up operation gave the track some precious minutes to dry a little bit more, slick tyres proving the correct choice on the damp track in the early part of the session, as drizzle was threatening to return soon.

Franco Morbidelli, Alex Marquez and Lorenzo Baldassarri appeared to be the main contenders for pole position, trading fastest laps in the early part of the session, before a scary highside in turn fifteen for Baldassarri brought out the red flags. The session was restarted after the Italian was attended to, reported conscious and taken to the Medical Centre.

The battle for pole resumed with Morbidelli over a second fastest than the field but his advantage was negated soon, times dropping as the track was steadily drying. Takaaki Nakagami temporarily took the mantle of the lead, as did Marquez, but Morbidelli fought his way back into prime position and took a fourth pole position of the season by one tenth of a second.

Nakagami was disappointed not to get pole after hitting some traffic on his final lap but will start the race in second position. Tom Luthi also set off on a mission to improve on his practice performance, the Swiss rider not taking long to get up to speed in damp conditions and eventually qualifying third on the grid.

And while we’re on results popping up out of nowhere, Miguel Oliveira did a brilliant recovery after a dismal FP3, the KTM rider taking fourth and accompanied by Fabio Quartararo, whose fantastic final lap put him in fifth spot. A second row full of surprises was completed by Xavier Simeon, half a second down on the leader.

No session is ever boring for Mattia Pasini, the Italian crashing twice during the session and still finding time to jump from thirty-first to seventh on the grid. Marquez looked to challenge for pole as he slid out with seven minutes to go, getting pushed back to eighth after he failed to improve once his bike was sorted for a final push. The third row was completed by Marcel Schrotter.

Following his injury in practice, which resulted in a broken thumb, Xavi Vierge was deemed unfit to take part in the qualifying session and race.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'38.468    
2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'38.569 0.101 0.101
3 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'38.583 0.115 0.014
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'38.615 0.147 0.032
5 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'38.896 0.428 0.281
6 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'38.931 0.463 0.035
7 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'38.934 0.466 0.003
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'38.938 0.470 0.004
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'38.965 0.497 0.027
10 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'39.136 0.668 0.171
11 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'39.157 0.689 0.021
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'39.160 0.692 0.003
13 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'39.275 0.807 0.115
14 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'39.300 0.832 0.025
15 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'39.442 0.974 0.142
16 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'39.522 1.054 0.080
17 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'39.523 1.055 0.001
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'39.545 1.077 0.022
19 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'39.545 1.077  
20 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'39.602 1.134 0.057
21 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'39.780 1.312 0.178
22 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'39.958 1.490 0.178
23 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'40.469 2.001 0.511
24 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'40.575 2.107 0.106
25 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'40.613 2.145 0.038
26 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'40.721 2.253 0.108
27 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'41.334 2.866 0.613
28 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'41.391 2.923 0.057
29 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'41.554 3.086 0.163
30 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'42.032 3.564 0.478
31 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'45.195 6.727 3.163
  97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3      

 

Round Number: 
8
2017
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