Moto2: Joe Roberts Takes Third Moto2 Pole Position

Published on October 10, 2020
By Jack Hammersley

American Racing Team’s Joe Roberts secures his third pole position of the season, continuing his fast pace from this morning’s Free Practice Three session. Joe has had one podium so far this season with a third-place at Brno, can he go and take his first victory at Le Mans tomorrow?

Sam Lowes takes his fifth front-row start, finishing 0.087 seconds from the American. Lowes has struggled with his starts this season, and he’ll be looking to get past that and be able to get the holeshot into turn one.

Remy Gardner returns to the front row for the first time since his pole position in the Austrian Grand Prix. Remy has overcome his injury from Misano and the bad luck in Catalunya to put his ONEXOX TKKR SAG Kalex on the front row. Remy is still yet to win a Moto 2 race despite showing some great pace over the past two seasons. Can the Australian clinch his first victory in the French Grand Prix tomorrow?

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jorge Martin continued to show his immense pace during the Q2 session but was stopped in his tracks when he lost the front going into turn three, the corner which has claimed the most crashes so far this weekend. This was Jorge’s second crash of the day, he’ll look to not repeat this tomorrow.

Championship leader Luca Marini defied all odds to get his SKY Racing VR46 Kalex on to the second row of the grid alongside his team-mate Marco Bezzecchi. Luca has dealt brilliantly with his left ankle injury today, however, he’s going to have to have the pain fresh-hold to do the 25 lap race tomorrow. It will surely be a damage limitation round for Luca.

The Petronas Sprinta Racing Team of Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon have secured seventh and eighth places respectively and have shown to have a top-five pace for tomorrows race. Can Jake achieve his first top-five of his Moto 2 career and can Xavi Vierge take his first podium of the season?

Enea Bastianini was not able to make the most out of his time in Q1 as he qualified in ninth position which isn’t too bad given the fact he could have been on the seventh row. However, he is behind Marini and Bezzecchi so it will be crucial for the Italian to get a good start to fight for the podium positions.

MV Agusta Forward Racing’s Stefano Manzi was able to achieve his best qualifying of the year qualifying in 10th place. The Italian has shown his potential in previous races such as the Valencia Grand Prix from last year, so this is a good step forward for Manzi and he’ll be looking to continue with this momentum as the season continues.

Will Joe Roberts be the first American to win a Moto 2 race? The Moto 2 race will take place at 14:30 (GMT+2) due to MotoGP being moved forward due to the Formula One Grand Prix in Germany.

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