It’s been a perfect weekend so far the Red Bull KTM Ajo Team finishing inside the top two in most sessions
Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team’s Bo Bendseyder put in a fantastic effort to put himself onto the front-row of the grid for the second time this season. Usually in the races this season his race pace hasn’t been on par with the championship contenders, but Bo will be hungry for a podium and will try his best to fight for the top three positions.
Elf Marc VDS’s Augusto Fernandez finished the Q2 session in fourth position, taking his best qualifying position of the season and also being in-front of his team-mate Sam Lowes who qualified in eighth position. Both riders have great race pace and will need to be inside the top five for a chance of winning the race which is also Marc VDS’s 200th Grand Prix.
Fabio Di Giannantonio had to go through Q1 and managed to do so, taking second place in the session and the Italian then went on to qualify on the middle of the second row in fifth place on the grid. This team-mate Nicolo Bulega has been struggling this season and he also had to go through Q1, he managed to just get through in fourth place, the Federal Oil Gresini rider then qualified 16th on the grid as he tries to improve himself and the bike for the race.
Petronas Sprinta Racing are having lots of ups and downs this season; Xavi Vierge in his home grand prix will start from sixth place on the grid as he tries to get inside the top five for the first time this season. On the other side of the garage, it was a complete disaster for Britain’s Jake Dixon who crashed on his first flying lap and the bike had too much damage, meaning Jake will have to start at the back of the grid in 32nd place, a lot of work him to do in the race to get inside the points.
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia had one of their best sessions of the season so far with their riders Ai Ogura and Somkiat Chantra qualifying on the third row on the grid sandwiching Sam Lowes in seventh and ninth place. They could be riders to keep an eye on during the race.
It was a disappointing session for SKY Racing VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi who qualified in tenth place, heading the fourth row. It’s been a quiet weekend for the Italian and it’s looking like it could be the most difficult race of the season for him which is not good considering the impeccable form of the Red Bull KTM Ajo Team and Marco could lose touch of the championship.
It’s not been a weekend to be for Italtrans Racing’s Joe Roberts who has qualified down in 17th place and has been struggling for a good feeling with the bike all weekend and will be hoping to find something in the race. His team-mate Lorenzo Dalla Porta was able to out-qualify Joe finishing in 15th position as he tries to continue his improvement in the Moto 2 class.
Can the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad convert their one-two in qualifying to take their third consecutive one-two finish in the race tomorrow? The race will take place at 14:30 (GMT+2) after the MotoGP race due to a time clash with F1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
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