AustrianGP: Second career pole and lap record for Gardner at Austrian GP
Remy Gardner has set a new lap record on his charge to pole position aboard his SAG Kalex with Jorge Martin and Marcel Schrotter joining him on the front row.
It was a messy end to the first of two 15-minute qualifying session which saw Marcel Schrotter head the charge into Q2, joined by Joe Roberts, Nicolò Bulega and Lorenzo Baldassarri. In Moto3 fashion, the Moto2 field was cruising into the penultimate corner as they aimed for a slipstream to gain those crucial tenths of a second.
Moto2 riders were eager to get on track as riders waited at the end of pitlane, however, the session was delayed due to technical problems.
After a lengthy delay, Moto2 roared into action for the final session of the day with SKY VR46 Racing Duo Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi leading the field.
As the opening laps poured in, it was Enea Bastianini who claimed provisional pole with Remy Gardner and Aron Canet provisionally on the front row.
Somkiat Chantra tipped off his Honda Team ASIA Kalex at turn seven, ending his session before it had began.
The SKY Racing riders quickly fired themselves into contention, going second and third behind Aron Canet who fired his Speed UP chassis onto provisional pole.
We had another crasher, this time it was Tetsuta Nagashima. The 2019 pole man tipped off at the penultimate corner, losing the front, hampering the Q2 session for the early Moto2 championship leader. While Nagashima was getting his Red Bull KTM AJO bike out of the gravel, Sam Lowes completed his first flying lap and immediately put himself on the front row before being shuffled back by Jorge Martin with a lap time that was +0.001s under the out-right lap record.
As the field continued to sort their grid positions out, Jorge Martin held the advantage over Qualifying one participant Marcel Schrotter and Enea Bastianini. However, Remy Gardner sprung to the top of the timesheets, setting a 1:28.681 thanks to slipstream from Jorge Navarro.
Once again, red sectors lit up the timing screens, however many riders had their laps impeded due to a late fall from Xavi Vierge.
As riders started their final flying laps of the day, Marini was the first rider to take the flag, followed by team-mate Bezzecchi. The pair provisionally qualified eighth and tenth as we awaited the final few laps to come in.
No improvements inside the top ten meant that Remy Gardner took pole position with Jorge Martin and Marcel Schrotter joining him on the front row.
Enea Bastianini will line up fourth with Moto2 rookie Aron Canet alongside Sam Lowes, who will be disappointed with a second row start given the pace showed so far this weekend.
Jorge Navarro put his Speed UP at the head of the third row with Luca Marini and Moto2 veteran Tom Luthi in eighth and ninth.
Marco Bezzecchi wraps up the top ten with Joe Roberts in 11th and Augusto Fernandez down in 12th position.
Lorenzo Baldassarri will start from 13th ahead of Bulega and Jake Dixon, who lost his best lap due to a yellow flag infringement.
Xavi Vierge will start 16th ahead of the two riders who failed to set a time in Q2 of Chantra and Nagashima.
Moto2 starts on Sunday with lights out at 12:20 local time.