Moto2: Remy Gardner Takes Final Pole Position of the Season

Published on November 21, 2020
By Jack Hammersley

It was a perfect day for Australia’s Remy Gardner, topping both Free Practice and Q2 to take his third Pole Position of his career

Luca Marini has placed himself in the best spot on the grid out of his championship rivals, qualifying the SKY VR46 Kalex in the middle of the front row in second position. The Italian has been on fine form all weekend and looks to be one of the favourites for the race win. He’s got a lot of pressure on his shoulders to win the race and try and win the championship. Can Luca keep cool, calm and collected to win the race and potentially bring home the Moto2 World Championship tomorrow?

Fabio Di Giannantonio put in a stunning lap of a 1:42.721, 0.129 seconds off pole to take his second front-row start of the season. Fabio has shown great potential and speed onboard the BETA Tools Speed Up since Catalunya, coming close to victories in Aragon and Valencia before ultimately crashing out of first position. Fabio has got nothing to lose, so he’ll be looking to end the season on a high to bring forward momentum heading into 2021.

Championship Leader Enea Bastianini has done the job that he needed to do in qualifying today and has secured a second row start in fourth position. Enea has shown great race pace as always but it was looking quite scary for the Italtrans rider as with four minutes remaining in the session, Enea was down in 16th position, but Enea was able to put in a new rear tyre and with the extra grip was able to get onto the head of the second row. If Enea can finish where he’s qualified, that would be enough to crown him champion.

Britain’s Sam Lowes toughed it out in the second qualifying session and miraculously managed to secure a fifth-place start for the race tomorrow. Sam has been struggling all weekend with his injured right hand, but he was able to overcome the pain and discomfort to get onto the middle of the second row. The Marc VDS rider will be looking to try and get in a rhythm and stay with the leading pack to keep his championship hopes alive. Can Sam pull it off?

Jorge Martin was one of the four riders who managed to get through Q1 and used that to his advantage to qualify in sixth position. Jorge’s weekend didn’t have a promising start, losing all of the 55 minutes Free Practice Two session due to an engine failure. But Jorge was able to fight back and get onto the second row of the grid. Can Jorge see off his final Moto2 race with a back-to-back race win?

Federal Oil Gresini’s Nicolo Bulega also had to go through Q1, finishing in fourth. The Italian then got a tow from Luca Marini for all of the session and was able to use it to the best of his advantage qualifying on the head of the third row in seventh. This is Nicolo’s highest qualifying position of the season. Can he round out 2020 with a career-best Moto2 finish?

It was not the qualifying session that Marco Bezzecchi was hoping for, with the SKY VR46 rider managing to get through Q1, but was not strong enough and could only manage a fourth row start in twelfth. Bezzecchi was hindered by the second sector, being the slowest out of all 18 riders during the session being three tenths off the fastest sector the time, a difference that would have but him on the front row. Marco will be looking to improve the bike for tomorrow’s race as it’s a must-win situation for the Italian if he was to become the Moto2 World Champion.

With most of the championship leaders close together and other riders looking to round off the season in style. The maiden Moto2 race at the Portimao circuit looks to be action-packed, with insurmountable pressure on the four title contenders. Who will win the race and who will emerge the 2020 Moto2 World Champion? The race takes place at 12:20 (GMT+0)

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