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.
|9||24||Simone Corsi||MV Agusta||1:36.665||0.866||0.008|
|14||42||Marcos Ramirez||MV Agusta||1:37.034||1.235||0.006|
|Q2||24||Simone Corsi||MV Agusta||1:36.882||0.418||0.012|
|25||84||Zonta Van Den Goorbergh||Kalex||1:37.582||1.118||0.146|
|27||19||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Kalex||1:37.843||1.379||0.218|
|30||4||Sean Dylan Kelly||Kalex||0.000||0.000|