Moto2: Jorge Navarro Tops Damp Free Practice Three

Published on November 7, 2020
By Jack Hammersley

Due to the damp weather conditions, most of the riders decided to not go out on track, meaning yesterdays combined standings have determined the Q1 and Q2 positions, with Luca Marini having to go through Q1.

It was a quiet session with only 13 riders putting in lap times for most of the session, with four more riders going out at the end of the session. Enea Bastianini was one rider who didn’t go out, but he will be going into Q2 as the fastest rider and will be looking to continue in this way to take his first Moto 2 pole position.

Sam Lowes was one of the riders to go out at the end of the session, he’s finished the combined standings in second position and looks to assert his dominance from the past three races to take another pole position.

Marco Bezzecchi did five laps in this mornings session, finishing in eleventh position. He’s the third title contender to make it into Q2, finishing in tenth position in the combined standings. Marco will be looking to try and get on the front row for tomorrows race.

Luca Marini will have to go via Q1, having finished in 15th position in the combined standings. Due to the lack of dry track time, Q1 could prove to be a crucial session, gaining important information about the track and being able to get a dry setup to get onto the front two rows of the grid.

Tom Luthi has had a return of form this weekend, topping Free Practice One and securing a Q2 spot in Free Practice Two. The Swiss finished the Free Practice Three session in fourth place and looks to try and get his best qualifying of the year by qualifying on the front two rows at the track where he took his last podium last year.

Lorenzo Baldassarri has also shown a return to form; the Italian has struggled all season apart from his second-place finish at the opening round in Qatar. Baldassarri will be looking to keep up the momentum heading into Q2 and the race tomorrow.

Qualifying takes place at 15:50 (GMT+1), who will be pole-man for the first of two races at Valencia? Can it be the championship favourites of Sam Lowes or Enea Bastianini or can someone produce an upset in the tricky conditions?

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