Moto2: Sam Lowes sets the pace but Gardner claims pole
Sam Lowes has taken pole position ahead of the San Marino Grand Prix but will have to start the Moto2 Grand Prix from pit lane, promoting Remy Gardner onto pole position.
Sam Lowes dominated the second 15-minute session to claim pole by +0.254 over Remy Gardner while Luca Marini finished third, however the pair will be promoted onto the first two positions with Marco Bezzecchi jumping onto the front row.
The opening Moto2 qualifying session from Misano saw Fabio Di Giannantonio lead the charge into Q2. The Italian’s 1:36.964 was +0.055s quicker of Hector Garzo and ahead of Joe Roberts, who crashed out in the dying moments of qualifying one while Marcos Ramirez completed the top four.
Q2 got underway and it was Marco Bezzecchi who came out the blocks strongest. The Italian fired the early benchmark of a 1:37.276 which was later bettered by Sam Lowes who stormed to the top of the timesheets with a 1:36.666. The British rider later improved his time to move himself half a second clear of the chasing pack with an impressive time of a 1:36.170.
Hector Garzo had a bright start, putting his HP 40 Kalex into second but later suffered a technical problem which forced him out of the session.
The first faller of the session came from Speed UPs Jorge Navarro, the Spaniard tipped off at the final corner and was later joined in the gravel trap by Bezzecchi.
Second Sky VR46 rider, Luca Marini, cut the gap to Lowes down to 0.4s but was knocked back by a late-charging Remy Gardner to finish second.
With Lowes starting from pitlane, Remy Gardner will line up on pole position, his second of his career with Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi completing the front row.
Enea Bastianini will start fourth ahead of the leading PETRONAS Sprinta of Xavi Vierge and Dynavolt rider Marcel Schrotter.
Row three is headed by EG 0,0 Marc VDS’ Augusto Fernandez who lines up alongside former championship leader and Qatar winner Tetsuta Nagashima and Fabio Di Giannantonio.
Marcos Ramirez rounds out the top ten, his best effort of a 1:37.083 sees him start alongside Thomas Luthi and Jorge Navarro while row five is filled by Hector Garzo, Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Jake Dixon.
Joe Roberts will head up row six with Niccolo Bulega, who suffered a nasty highside in the closing minutes of Q1 promoted into 18th and Lorenzo Baldassarri in 19th.
Moto2 gets underway for their 25 lap race tomorrow at 12:20 local time.
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