2021 Algarve Moto2 Qualifying Result: No Surprises Here

The asphalt got a bit warmer and the wind calmed down a touch in preparation for Moto2 qualifying but the improved conditions just confirmed what we already knew, that Aki Ajo’s boys are unstoppable this season. Raul Fernandez was circulating on lap record pace straight away and then improved further to give himself a comfortable advantage at the front. Remy Gardner was slower to warm up and started the final time attack down in 17th position but eventually closed the gap to his teammate to only two tenths of a second. The title contenders will be joined on the front row by Fabio Di Giannantonio, who cruised through Q1 to finish four tenths off pole.

Aron Canet looked set for a top two until a late crash at turn 13 cost him the front row and dropped him to fourth. After a tricky start to his weekend, Augusto Fernandez made solid progress to line up fifth on the grid, ahead of an impressive Cameron Beaubier. Marco Bezzecchi and Sam Lowes are pretty used to sharing space on the grid, just not as low as third row usually, with rookie Ai Ogura joining them there.

Jorge Navarro opens the fourth row of the grid ahead of Xavi Vierge and Hector Garzo, while bruised Q1 escapee Marcos Ramirez joins row five together with Celestino Vietti and Marcel Schrotter. Hafizh Syahrin, Stefano Manzi and Albert Arenas finished the session over a second down on the poleman and making up row six. Crashes for the likes of Joe Roberts and Jake Dixon left them out of Q2 contention and on the lower half of the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'42.101    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'42.370 0.269 0.269
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'42.506 0.405 0.136
4 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'42.511 0.410 0.005
5 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'42.616 0.515 0.105
6 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'42.620 0.519 0.004
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'42.697 0.596 0.077
8 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'42.701 0.600 0.004
9 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'42.783 0.682 0.082
10 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'42.822 0.721 0.039
11 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'42.829 0.728 0.007
12 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'42.980 0.879 0.151
13 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.023 0.922 0.043
14 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'43.034 0.933 0.011
15 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.078 0.977 0.044
16 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'43.178 1.077 0.100
17 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'43.353 1.252 0.175
18 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'43.367 1.266 0.014
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'42.816    
Q2 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.078 0.262 0.262
Q2 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.193 0.377 0.115
Q2 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'43.200 0.384 0.007
19 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'43.288 0.472 0.088
20 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.545 0.729 0.257
21 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'43.554 0.738 0.009
22 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.554 0.738  
23 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'43.605 0.789 0.051
24 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'43.617 0.801 0.012
25 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'43.642 0.826 0.025
26 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'43.781 0.965 0.139
27 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'43.895 1.079 0.114
28 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'43.979 1.163 0.084
29 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'44.014 1.198 0.035
30 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'44.691 1.875 0.677
31 74 Piotr Biesiekirski Kalex 1'45.819 3.003 1.128
Round Number: 
17
2021
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