2021 Valencia Moto2 Qualifying Result: Well That Came Out Of Nowhere

It was quite a surprise to look at the Moto2 parc fermé on a Saturday afternoon and not see overwhelming orange shades, but a rather dramatic ending to the final qualifying day of the season wrote some surprising headlines. First and foremost, class veteran Simone Corsi cruised through Q1 and then attacked for pole in the final handful of minutes of Q2. Although the Italian saw his name briefly drop to second, cancelled lap times for Fabio Di Giannantonio allowed Corsi to secure his first pole position since 2012 and return to an ecstatic MV Agusta crew in pitlane. Behind the grinning poleman, Celestino Vietti got his first front row start for his final race as a rookie and Augusto Fernandez starts his last race for Marc VDS from third on the grid.

Although Di Giannantonio put in a couple of pole-worthy laps, he couldn’t keep between the white lines and had to settle for fourth, only seven hundredths of a second off the pole time. Raul Fernandez made a promising start to qualifying by leading the way for much of Q2, but things quickly went downhill and the rookie crashed out at turn 2, dropping to fifth on the grid by the chequered flag. After admirably escaping Q1, Tom Luthi will start his final race before retirement from the back of row two.

Aron Canet opens the third row from championship leader Remy Gardner, who struggled to progress on the timesheets and only joined the top 10 in the final minute of the session, when he jumped to 8th. Jorge Navarro closes row three, while Sam Lowes completes the top 10, his best time only two tenths of a second off pole. The Englishman will be in familiar company on row four with Marco Bezzecchi and Xavi Vierge. A notable absence throughout the weekend has been Ai Ogura, the fast rookie suffering a fracture in his leg last time out in Portimão and is forced to miss the final race of the season.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'34.956    
2 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'35.005 0.049 0.049
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.026 0.070 0.021
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'35.034 0.078 0.008
5 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'35.036 0.080 0.002
6 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.091 0.135 0.055
7 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'35.103 0.147 0.012
8 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'35.117 0.161 0.014
9 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'35.153 0.197 0.036
10 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'35.179 0.223 0.026
11 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'35.232 0.276 0.053
12 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'35.242 0.286 0.010
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'35.244 0.288 0.002
14 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'35.410 0.454 0.166
15 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.496 0.540 0.086
16 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'35.575 0.619 0.079
17 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'35.620 0.664 0.045
18 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'35.961 1.005 0.341
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'35.155    
Q2 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.208 0.053 0.053
Q2 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'35.270 0.115 0.062
Q2 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'35.323 0.168 0.053
19 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'35.368 0.213 0.045
20 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'35.468 0.313 0.100
21 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'35.477 0.322 0.009
22 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'35.508 0.353 0.031
23 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'35.528 0.373 0.020
24 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'35.620 0.465 0.092
25 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.818 0.663 0.198
26 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'35.916 0.761 0.098
27 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'36.218 1.063 0.302
28 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'36.418 1.263 0.200
29 20 Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex 1'37.476 2.321 1.058
  70 Barry Baltus NTS      
Round Number: 
18
2021
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