2022 Silverstone Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Tango To Pole

The final battle of the day was that of the intermediate class and once the local favourite wiped himself out of contention, the fight came down to Augusto Fernandez and Joe Roberts. The American started the session at the top of the timing screens before getting challenged by the Spaniard with five minutes remaining. The two traded places once more on their respective final flying laps and Fernandez was the eventual winner, the Red Bull KTM rider taking his first pole position in a couple of years. Although Roberts tried to retaliate, he came three hundredths of a second short and settled for second, with Ai Ogura completing the front row of the grid.

Albert Arenas got demoted to the second row in the final couple of minutes of Q2 and will be joined by Celestino Vietti and Jake Dixon, both of whom sampled the gravel during Q2. Dixon was first to crash at turn 14, with five minutes left on the clock, but was able to pick up the bike and climb back into sixth position. Vietti was less lucky, following his example at turn 9 but unable to rejoin and lucky to save fifth place out of only three timed laps. However, the championship leader will lose some more ground after the first few laps on Sunday, having to serve a long lap penalty for his poor practice-start etiquette on Friday.

Bo Bendsneyder made a late jump into seventh position, joined by Alonso Lopez and Marcel Schrotter on the third row, while Aron Canet somewhat underwhelmingly rounded out the top 10, opening fourth row ahead of Tony Arbolino and Q1 leader Jorge Navarro. Cameron Beaubier shares fifth row with rookies Jeremy Alcoba and Manuel Gonzalez, with Somkiat Chantra starting 16th, ahead of the Gresini duo of Filip Salac and Alessandro Zaccone on sixth row.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2:04.103    
2 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2:04.137 0.034 0.034
3 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2:04.280 0.177 0.143
4 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 2:04.386 0.283 0.106
5 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2:04.498 0.395 0.112
6 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2:04.505 0.402 0.007
7 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2:04.560 0.457 0.055
8 21 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 2:04.697 0.594 0.137
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2:04.887 0.784 0.190
10 40 Aron Canet Kalex 2:04.891 0.788 0.004
11 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2:04.899 0.796 0.008
12 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 2:04.909 0.806 0.010
13 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2:04.934 0.831 0.025
14 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 2:05.058 0.955 0.124
15 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 2:05.090 0.987 0.032
16 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2:05.197 1.094 0.107
17 12 Filip Salac Kalex 2:05.342 1.239 0.145
18 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 2:05.449 1.346 0.107
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 2:04.670    
Q2 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 2:04.788 0.118 0.118
Q2 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 2:04.905 0.235 0.117
Q2 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2:05.156 0.486 0.251
19 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2:05.175 0.505 0.019
20 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 2:05.227 0.557 0.052
21 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 2:05.485 0.815 0.258
22 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 2:05.691 1.021 0.206
23 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 2:05.763 1.093 0.072
24   Rory Skinner   2:05.937 1.267 0.174
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2:06.138 1.468 0.201
26 28 Niccolň Antonelli Kalex 2:06.220 1.550 0.082
27 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 2:06.441 1.771 0.221
28 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 2:06.543 1.873 0.102
29 74 Piotr Biesiekirski Kalex 2:07.270 2.600 0.727
Round Number: 
12
2022
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I was stationed a few miles from the circuit in the late 60's. Took driving lessons there with Motor Racing Stables on the old, old course in clapped out Formula Fords and Cortina GTs. Got to scare an instructor through Woodcote full lock and pinned. Came out perfect, somehow. Got to race for the school afterwards in the "B" series in a not so bad FF.. 

That sounds fantastic. I be envious! Though given my druthers & despite my user name... I'll take a T340 @ Oulton Intl., sans chicanes please.