2017 Phillip Island Moto2 Qualifying Result: What’s Practice Got To Do With It?

More than the washout the various weather forecasts predicted for Saturday in Phillip Island, the intermediate class qualifying ended a run of significant airtime for slick tyre options punctuated with cold but light drizzles here and there.

Based on performance in practice, Mattia Pasini had nothing to do at the top of the timesheets but the Italian bounced back to lead the session with the first time into the 1:33s and marginally the fastest of the weekend. Marcel Schrotter showcased the benefits of the new Suter frame by getting within eight thousandths of a second of Pasini. The duo was followed by all the usual contenders and the order settled until the final five minutes.

The first big moves came from the Red Bull KTM duo running together like they got us used to and suddenly bringing Brad Binder into the mix, right ahead of the world championship leader. The usual contenders left it late to fight back for pole position after tripping each other up, no big changes taking place until the very last lap.

Pasini was the only rider still posting red sector times and, although not improving in the end, the Italian snatched yet another pole position on a track where he does not have the best record. Schrotter did not improve either but his initial time was sufficient for him to score a career best qualifying position. The front row was completed by Miguel Oliveira, the Portuguese rider recording his fourth front row start of the year.

Binder will start from the second row of the grid in his best qualifying result of the year and in very competitive company with the Marc VDS duo. Morbidelli encountered some late issues on his second run and could not improve on fifth, while Alex Marquez steadily improved to sixth spot, half a second down on Pasini.

Takaaki Nakagami went from “top of the timesheets” to “nowhere in sight” throughout the weekend but managed to reach a compromise for qualifying and finished seventh. The third row of the grid will also feature Dominique Aegerter and a surprising name in Jesko Raffin.

On the other hand, Tom Luthi did not put his best experience to good use and could only manage tenth place, five grid spots behind his title rival and surrounded by people eager for their time in the limelight.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'33.300    
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'33.308 0.008 0.008
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'33.422 0.122 0.114
4 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'33.453 0.153 0.031
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'33.495 0.195 0.042
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'33.749 0.449 0.254
7 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'33.921 0.621 0.172
8 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'33.944 0.644 0.023
9 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'33.982 0.682 0.038
10 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'34.098 0.798 0.116
11 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'34.163 0.863 0.065
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'34.213 0.913 0.050
13 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'34.218 0.918 0.005
14 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'34.283 0.983 0.065
15 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'34.500 1.200 0.217
16 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'34.500 1.200  
17 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'34.570 1.270 0.070
18 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'34.699 1.399 0.129
19 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'34.730 1.430 0.031
20 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'34.969 1.669 0.239
21 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'35.005 1.705 0.036
22 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'35.011 1.711 0.006
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'35.068 1.768 0.057
24 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'35.076 1.776 0.008
25 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'35.120 1.820 0.044
26 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'35.352 2.052 0.232
27 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'35.579 2.279 0.227
28 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'35.918 2.618 0.339
29 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'35.943 2.643 0.025
30 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'36.219 2.919 0.276
  19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex      

 

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