2022 Mandalika Moto2 Qualifying Result: Achievement Unlocked

After the pre-FP3 downpour, conditions for Moto2 qualifying were cloudy but dry and steadily hotting up as the sessions progressed. However, some damp patches at troublesome turn two meant that the initial stages of Q2 were in a perpetual yellow flag state, with crashes for Jorge Navarro, Cameron Beaubier and Albert Arenas, while Manuel Gonzalez struggled with bike issues on his outlap. Once the gravel trap cleared, Jake Dixon took up the mantle and the fastest man in practice became the fastest man in qualifying, the Brit effortlessly claiming a maiden Moto2 pole position. Augusto Fernandez missed out by a tenth of a second, while a rodeo moment at turn 17 lost Sam Lowes a final chance to improve on third.

Somkiat Chantra led the way in Q1 and climbed as high as fourth, while Bo Bendsneyder also joined him from Q1 to reward his team with a second row start in their home GP. Albert Arenas qualified sixth but pending some investigations following a crash at turn 2 while yellow flags were possibly showing and then riding the wrong way down pitlane in his rush to rejoin the action. Celestino Vietti will defend his lead in the championship from seventh on the grid, ahead of Tony Arbolino and Simone Corsi.

Pedro Acosta also joined the crash list at turn 2 in the final minute of the session, which left him 10th on the grid and not making things easy for himself, the Spaniard already having a long lap penalty to serve in tomorrow’s race. Despite an early tumble of his own at notorious turn 2,  Beaubier kept a fourth row start, behind the reigning Moto3 champion and ahead of Fermin Aldeguer, with Aron Canet demoted to 13th after a late lap cancellation.

Navarro failed to post a time in Q2 after his early crash, while Gonzalez was also unable to rejoin the action. There was disappointment in Q1 as well, where Barry Baltus looked promising initially but failed to improve on 20th place due to a nasty crash at turn 2, while Ai Ogura qualified only 21st and Marcel Schrotter 22nd.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff    
1 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1:35.799    
2 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1:35.901 0.102 0.102
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:35.953 0.154 0.052
4 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1:36.260 0.461 0.307
5 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1:36.337 0.538 0.077
6 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 1:36.581 0.782 0.244
7 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1:36.588 0.789 0.007
8 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1:36.657 0.858 0.069
9 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1:36.665 0.866 0.008
10 51 Pedro Acosta Kalex 1:36.751 0.952 0.086
11 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1:36.900 1.101 0.149
12 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1:37.006 1.207 0.106
13 40 Aron Canet Kalex 1:37.028 1.229 0.022
14 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 1:37.034 1.235 0.006
15 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 1:37.072 1.273 0.038
16 5 Romano Fenati Boscoscuro 1:37.312 1.513 0.240
17 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex   0.000 0.000
18 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex   0.000 0.000
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1:36.464    
Q2 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1:36.738 0.274 0.274
Q2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 1:36.870 0.406 0.132
Q2 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1:36.882 0.418 0.012
19 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1:36.905 0.441 0.023
20 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 1:36.908 0.444 0.003
21 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1:36.913 0.449 0.005
22 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:37.033 0.569 0.120
23 12 Filip Salac Kalex 1:37.218 0.754 0.185
24 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Kalex 1:37.436 0.972 0.218
25 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 1:37.582 1.118 0.146
26 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 1:37.625 1.161 0.043
27 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1:37.843 1.379 0.218
28 28 Niccolò Antonelli Kalex 1:38.066 1.602 0.223
29 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 1:38.609 2.145 0.543
30 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex   0.000 0.000
Round Number: 
2
2022
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