2022 Motegi Moto2 Qualifying Result: Delaying The Inevitable

Following on from a soaking wet morning at Motegi, the weather disruption continued into the qualifying sessions, the rain getting particularly heavy by the time the intermediate class tackled Q2. So much so that the red flag waved a handful of minutes into the session and led to over an hour of delays, but it was definitely worth the wait for Aron Canet, who topped Q1 and then proceeded to dominate the restarted Q2 session. The Spaniard claimed his third pole position of the season with an advantage of seven tenths of a second over Jake Dixon, who inherited second when Fermín Aldeguer’s top time got cancelled for a yellow flag infringement. The penalty also promoted Tony Arbolino to the front row of the grid, dropping Aldeguer to the back of the second row, behind Somkiat Chantra and Filip Salac.

Despite a late tumble at turn four, Jorge Navarro kept seventh position, opening the third row ahead of Q1 graduates Cameron Beaubier and Keminth Kubo, while Barry Baltus rounded out the top 10 positions. The main title contenders seemed less keen to risk it all in the post-red flag Q2 rush and that saw Augusto Fernandez dropping down to 11th position and Ai Ogura to 13th place on the grid, with Alonso Lopez in between.

With his injury woes probably still fresh on his mind, Pedro Acosta also took it easy and ended Q2 last, over four seconds behind the poleman. On the topic of injuries, Sam Lowes’ return to action meant a return to the gravel as well, with a big tumble in Q1 leaving him out of the Q2 drama and down in 24th grid position. Meanwhile, Celestino Vietti also abandoned the fight in Q1, only qualifying 22nd.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 40 Aron Canet Kalex 2:04.939    
2 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2:05.669 0.730 0.730
3 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2:05.891 0.952 0.222
4 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2:06.111 1.172 0.220
5 12 Filip Salac Kalex 2:06.123 1.184 0.012
6 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 2:06.311 1.372 0.188
7 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 2:06.468 1.529 0.157
8 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2:06.680 1.741 0.212
9 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 2:06.785 1.846 0.105
10 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 2:07.119 2.180 0.334
11 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2:07.348 2.409 0.229
12 21 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 2:07.443 2.504 0.095
13 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2:07.697 2.758 0.254
14 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2:07.764 2.825 0.067
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2:07.831 2.892 0.067
16 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 2:08.284 3.345 0.453
17 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 2:08.634 3.695 0.350
18 51 Pedro Acosta Kalex 2:09.394 4.455 0.760
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 40 Aron Canet Kalex 2:05.543    
Q2 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 2:05.734 0.191 0.191
Q2 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 2:06.501 0.958 0.767
Q2 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2:06.513 0.970 0.012
19 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2:06.790 1.247 0.277
20 29 Taiga Hada Kalex 2:07.002 1.459 0.212
21 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2:07.087 1.544 0.085
22 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2:07.114 1.571 0.027
23 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 2:07.296 1.753 0.182
24 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2:07.423 1.880 0.127
25 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 2:08.067 2.524 0.644
26 28 Niccolò Antonelli Kalex 2:08.684 3.141 0.617
27 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 2:09.131 3.588 0.447
28 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2:09.950 4.407 0.819
29 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 2:10.530 4.987 0.580
Not Classified
30 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex   0.000 0.000
Round Number: 
16
2022
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