Moto 2: Sam Lowes Takes Third Consecutive Pole Position at Portimão
Sam Lowes managed To pull a lap out of the bag to take his third pole position of the season and looks set for his third victory of the season
Lining up alongside the championship leader is his main rival, Red Bull KMT Ajo’s Remy Gardner who continues to show his pace at the Algarve International Circuit and will be looking to beat championship rival Sam Lowes in tomorrow’s race.
Rounding off the front-row of the grid is Petronas Sprinta Racings Xavi Vierge who had to go through Q1 and was able to use the 15 extra minutes to his advantage, being able to take his first front-row start of the season and will be looking to take his maiden podium with the Petronas Sprinta Racing Team. His team-mate Jake lines up on the grid in 14th and will be looking to make up positions in the race tomorrow.
Rookie Ai Ogura heads the second row, showing that his impressive showing at the Doha Grand Prix was not a one off, and will be a contender for the top five once again. Can the Japanese rider take another top five finish in the race tomorrow?
SKY Racing VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi will line up in the middle of the second row, Marco has been showing good top five pace all weekend, but will be looking to make his first step onto the podium, having missed out on both occasions at the Losail International Circuit. His rookie team-mate Celestino Vietti who’s currently sixth in the championship will start from 23rd on the grid and will be looking to make up ground to continue his point scoring finishes from the opening two rounds.
Augusto Fernandez has turned his form around, qualifying on the second row and will be looking to continue his form heading into tomorrow’s race. Augusto is yet to finish on the podium with the Marc VDS Team, it seems that he doesn’t quite have the pace for the podium, but he’ll looking to find the extra tenths in warm-up to help his chances.
Albert Arenas also had to go through Q1 and was able to end qualifying in seventh place on the third row of the grid, the rookies best qualifying in Moto 2. He was able to out-qualify his team-mate Aron Canet who in Free Practice Three set an all-new track lap record, but wasn’t able to rekindle the form and qualified in ninth position.
American Joe Roberts who has been inside the top two positions during all three practice sessions but wasn’t able to be on the pace for the front-row, and has qualified in eighth position, so the Italtrans Racing Team rider will be looking to get a good start to get back to the front of the field. His compatriot Cameron Beaubier has shown some great speed during this weekend, often matching the top guys through the first three sectors, but American Racing rider has struggled to get the most out of sector four, which has dropped his position to 13th. Can racing with the pack help the American figure out the last sector to achieve his first top ten finish?
It looks like Sam Lowes and Remy Gardner are the riders to beat once again, who will win the battle between the two riders, and will anyone be able to bring up a challenge? The race takes place at 14:30 (GMT+1)
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