2021 Austria Moto2 Qualifying Result: Experience Vs Enthusiasm

The intermediate class had much hotter conditions to contend with than in practice and that seemed to make a difference on the timesheets for qualifying. For a long while it looked like we would be celebrating another rookie pole, but veteran Sam Lowes had different plans and secured a 15th career pole position by six hundredths of a second. The Red Bull KTM Ajo boys who usually dominate proceedings on Saturday afternoon made a slower start but Raul Fernandez climbed up to second in the closing stages of Q2, demoting the early leader of the session, Ai Ogura, to the back of the front row.

Augusto Fernandez got pushed off the first row by his namesake and will open row two ahead of Remy Gardner, who uncharacteristically ended the session with a small crash at turn 1. Aron Canet in sixth place was three tents of a second off pole, while Somkiat Chantra, Celestino Vietti and Lorenzo Dalla Porta make up a pretty impressive third row. After a tough first half of the season, Tom Luthi is back into the top ten, opening row four ahead of Marcel Schrotter and Marcos Ramirez.

Although Gardner ended the day in less than ideal fashion, rival Marco Bezzecchi started it pretty poorly too, the Italian down at turn 9 halfway through Q2, which left him stranded down in 16th grid position and sharing sixth row with Q1 leader Stefano Manzi and Nicolò Bulega.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'28.659    
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'28.727 0.068 0.068
3 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'28.802 0.143 0.075
4 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'28.811 0.152 0.009
5 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'28.961 0.302 0.150
6 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'29.015 0.356 0.054
7 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'29.059 0.400 0.044
8 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'29.199 0.540 0.140
9 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'29.220 0.561 0.021
10 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'29.283 0.624 0.063
11 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'29.333 0.674 0.050
12 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'29.355 0.696 0.022
13 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'29.359 0.700 0.004
14 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'29.380 0.721 0.021
15 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'29.450 0.791 0.070
16 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'29.488 0.829 0.038
17 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'29.563 0.904 0.075
18 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'29.624 0.965 0.061
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'29.164    
Q2 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'29.182 0.018 0.018
Q2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'29.237 0.073 0.055
Q2 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'29.365 0.201 0.128
19 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'29.375 0.211 0.010
20 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'29.393 0.229 0.018
21 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'29.409 0.245 0.016
22 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'29.457 0.293 0.048
23 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'29.470 0.306 0.013
24 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'29.483 0.319 0.013
25 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'29.504 0.340 0.021
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'29.507 0.343 0.003
27 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'29.694 0.530 0.187
28 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'29.786 0.622 0.092
30 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'29.815 0.651 0.029
31 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'29.841 0.677 0.026
32 29 Taiga Hada Kalex 1'30.327 1.163 0.486
Round Number: 
11
2021
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