With Qatar finally here, all eyes were on the lower classes with the new qualifying format, which now mirrored the MotoGP class. Here are the winners and losers from the first ever qualifying session of the new era of the 765cc Triumph engine!
Schrotter stepped up even more so from a successful Friday by claiming his first pole position with a 1:58:585, over 3 tenths quicker than yesterday. Can he turn his pole into a win?
Luca Marini paved the way in Q1, finishing on top with a time of 1:59:154. However, Marini’s efforts in Q2 resulted in a crash at Turn 2, but not before the Italian hit the third-fastest time. As the session came to a close, Marini was only knocked down one position to compatriot Baldassarri, leaving him to head the second-row tomorrow.
Bulega joined his teammate with a successful Q1 as the SKY VR46 rider achieved the second-fastest time of the session. Moving up to Q2, Bulega qualified in 15thposition, a decent start for the rookie’s first race.
The qualifying sessions were a rollercoaster for Iker Lecuona and crew. While the Spaniard managed to achieve P4 in the first session, he was debunked in the final few seconds by Fabio Di Giannantonio, only to then be reinstated due to Diggia’s lap not having counted. However, Lecuona’s Q2 charge was cut very short due to the KTM running out of fuel at the end of the previous session. With the bike returning to the garage mid-way through Q2, Lecuona was only given approx. 5 minutes to make up for his loss of time. He ended the session in P16, an admirable effort that could have been more were it not for the drama.
Fabio Di Giannantonio.
While Fabio Di Giannantionio’s first Moto2 qualifying session proved promising – a step-up from Friday’s overall 21stposition being desired – it began to fall apart at the end of the 15-minute mark. With Diggia aiming for a flying last lap, the time already up, the Italian exceeded track limits at turn 15, meaning his and the team’s celebrations were premature, as his lap was of course discounted. Leaving Di Giannantonio to start from p19 tomorrow.
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