Moto2: Xavi Vierge takes his First Pole Position of the Season in Sketchy Conditions
It was a dry line but with damp spots for the Moto2 riders during both qualifying sessions with the times getting faster and faster as the sessions went on with Petronas Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge taking his pole position outside of the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit
Tennor American Racing’s Joe Roberts secured second place on the grid. Joe started the Q2 session with the slick tyres and continued to get faster and faster, holding provisional pole position a few times during the session, until ultimately being beat by Vierge. This will be Joe’s fourth front row start, but his first front-row start that he doesn’t start from pole position. Joe is still looking to take a maiden victory in 2020, can he achieve it in tomorrow’s proceedings?
Marc VDS’s Sam Lowes continues his great run of form, finishing in third place and will start on the front row for the eighth time this season. Sam will be looking to extend his championship lead on his rivals who are behind him on the grid, can Sam continue this run of form in tomorrow’s race?
Marco Bezzecchi was able to get onto the middle of the second row in fifth position, meaning that he has Sam Lowes in his sights and will looking to get ahead of the Brit to keep his championship hopes alive.
Luca Marini was able to make it through Q1 and get himself into Q2, the Italian then used his knowledge of the circuit’s conditions to the best use, managing to qualify on the front of the third row in seventh. It will be critical for Luca to get a good start tomorrow to try and halt Sam Lowes’s charge for the title. Can VR46 Academy Rider who’s just signed to be with the SKY VR46 Esponsorama Racing Ducati for next year stop Sam Lowes in his tracks.
Enea Bastianini and his team made a strategic error at the start of the Q2 session, starting on the wet tyres. Once Enea realised the mistake he instantly went back into the pits and changed onto the slick tyres. This meant that Enea was playing catch-up with the rest of the field. But Enea was determined to not let that stop him, but on his last lap of the session, he lost the front at turn eight and managed to make a miracle save, but lost a lot of lap time, meaning the Italtrans rider who was also confirmed today to ride for the Esponsorama Racing Ducati will have to start from 15th position, and with overtaking being quite difficult at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo Valencia track, Enea will have a lot of work to try and stop Sam Lowes from extending the championship lead.
Remy Gardner continues his fast pace that he’s shown since the Styrian Grand Prix, qualifying in fourth position on the grid. Remy is still winless in Moto2 and will be looking to end his time with the Onexox TKKR SAG Team on a high in these last three races of the season.
Andi Farid Izdihar managed to make the best of the tricky track conditions, making it out of Q1 for the first time in his career. The Indonesian rider then went on to take his career-best qualifying position by ten places, qualifying in twelfth position for tomorrows European Grand Prix. Can he take his first points finish in his Moto2 career?
With a mixed grid, Sam Lowes looks to try and extend his championship lead from the front row, but his Italian championship rivals won’t let him get away easily. Can Sam take a fourth victory in succession or can someone else stop the Brit in his tracks? The race takes place at 12:20 (GMT+1).
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