2022 Austin Moto2 Qualifying Result: Written In The Stars (And Stripes)

Moto2 cowboys started the chase for pole position with some clear favourites following practice but some of those took themselves out of contention early on and others just couldn’t cope with Cameron Beaubier’s pace in the final few minutes of Q2. The home favourite managed to secure a first pole position in Moto2 and put American Racing on pole on American soil in quite commanding fashion, over three tenths ahead of the opposition. Celestino Vietti turned things around after a difficult morning and although he did not find the smoothest way out of Q1, the extra track time served him well to claim second in Q2. Aron Canet briefly looked like spoiling the locals’ party, but the Spaniard tucked the front at turn 16 on a very hot final flying lap and had to settle for the final position on the front row.

Tony Arbolino seemed like he threw all the good work away as he took a tumble at turn eight before posting a timed lap, but the Italian was able to rejoin the action and went from 17th to 4th on his last lap. Albert Arenas and Jake Dixon will be joining him on the second row of the grid, while Jorge Navarro secured seventh but also a long lap penalty for crashing under a yellow flag in FP3. Fermín Aldeguer couldn’t quite follow up on a fantastic showing in practice with anything better than eighth grid position, eight tenths off pole and starting in the middle of third row. Sam Lowes was over a second behind the leader, closing row three, while Pedro Acosta rounded out the top 10 and opens row four. Ai Ogura also joined the crash list in the closing stages of Q2 and had to make do with 11th on the grid, ahead of Q1 leader Bo Bendsneyder.

Marcel Schrotter will lead Q1 escapees Marcos Ramirez and Jeremy Alcoba off the line from fifth row, while Joe Roberts, Somkiat Chantra and Augusto Fernandez make up a very competitive row six – the Spaniard crashing out at turn 17 halfway through the session, before even posting a timed lap and unable to rejoin the action.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2:08.751    
2 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2:09.091 0.340 0.340
3 40 Aron Canet Kalex 2:09.283 0.532 0.192
4 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2:09.329 0.578 0.046
5 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 2:09.358 0.607 0.029
6 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2:09.434 0.683 0.076
7 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 2:09.462 0.711 0.028
8 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 2:09.614 0.863 0.152
9 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2:09.900 1.149 0.286
10 51 Pedro Acosta Kalex 2:09.925 1.174 0.025
11 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2:10.003 1.252 0.078
12 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2:10.020 1.269 0.017
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2:10.069 1.318 0.049
14 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 2:10.127 1.376 0.058
15 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 2:10.152 1.401 0.025
16 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2:10.325 1.574 0.173
17 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2:10.707 1.956 0.382
18 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex   0.000 0.000
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2:09.791    
Q2 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2:09.807 0.016 0.016
Q2 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 2:10.154 0.363 0.347
Q2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 2:10.157 0.366 0.003
19 12 Filip Salac Kalex 2:10.209 0.418 0.052
20 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 2:10.471 0.680 0.262
21 5 Romano Fenati Boscoscuro 2:10.599 0.808 0.128
22 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 2:10.619 0.828 0.020
23 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 2:11.078 1.287 0.459
24 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Kalex 2:11.113 1.322 0.035
25 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2:11.288 1.497 0.175
26 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 2:11.486 1.695 0.198
27 28 Niccolò Antonelli Kalex 2:13.291 3.500 1.805
28 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 2:13.562 3.771 0.271
29 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2:17.038 7.247 3.476
Round Number: 
4
2022
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Looking forward to seeing what he can do with clear track from the start.