Moto 2: Raul Fernandez Takes Maiden Pole Position in Dynamic Qualifying Session

Published on May 15, 2021
By Jack Hammersley

Raul Fernandez made the right call staying out on wet tyres to take his first pole position in the Moto 2 category

SKY Racing VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi initially went out on slick tyres after waiting two minutes to make the decision like the rest of the field. That instantly was seen as the wrong choice with the track being fully wet. Marco then went out on the wet tyres and on his last lap jumped into second position and will start tomorrow’s race from the middle of the front row and will be looking for his first win of the season.

Joe Roberts had to go through Q1 which was in dry conditions with the American topping the session to get into Q2. Joe then had to adapt to the wet tyres and spent the whole session inside the top three, eventually ending the session in third place and will start on the front-row tomorrow.

Championship leader Remy Gardner managed to qualify in seventh position, heading the third row of the grid Remy will be looking to get a good start tomorrow to get with the front group as he chases his first win of the season and to try and extend his championship lead over his title rivals.

Marc VDS’s Sam Lowes before the weekend mentioned that last season at Le Mans he didn’t like the feeling with the Dunlop wet tyres and it seems to be the same case today with the Brit qualifying down in tenth position and with his history of starts this season, it could be a race of charging through the field for Sam as he looks to take the championship lead back from Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Remy Gardner.

Fabio Di Giannantonio struggled with the wet conditions and winner from the Spanish Grand Prix will start down in 15th place and will be hoping for a dry race to try and make his way through the field.

It’s been a nightmare of a weekend for Britain’s Jake Dixon at the circuit where he lead most of the race before crashing out with four laps to go; the Petronas Sprinta Racing rider has qualified down in 26th place and will looking to find something in morning Warm-up in hopes of trying to get into the point paying positions.

There were quite a few fallers during the qualifying session with AI Ogura, Marcel Schrotter, Jorge Navarro, Nicolo Bulega and Simone Corsi being caught out by the conditions at turns three, four, seven, eight and fourteen. Turn three has been a hotspot for crashing throughout all the classes in all conditions so it’ll be vital for the riders to be careful and not fall victim to the corner during the race tomorrow.

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