Termas de Rio Honda shows signs of many potential winners from an ever-changing grid line-up.
After a Friday containing mixed results – 6thin FP1 and 20thin FP2 – and a top 10 finish to the final Free Practice Saturday morning, the Spaniard claimed pole with 7 minutes left of the session, fending off from the likes of Qatar’s pole-setter Marcel Schrotter and setting the new lap record of 1:42.726.
A somewhat lacklustre course of Free Practices left Corsi to fight through Q1, and after taking the top spot by lap 3 was able to spend Q2 fighting for an admirable top 10 start for the race.
Continuing the Brit’s positive weekend, Lowes was seen to have multiple charges throughout Qualifying as the top 10 continued to swap and change throughout the session. A last lap charge allowed Sam to steal third place from Marquez, meaning the Federal Oil Gresini rider completes the first row line-up, behind Vierge and Schrotter with only 0.012 between them.
With only four notable laps in the session, Qatar’s race winner stayed beyond the top 10 for the majority of Qualifying. Just the final laps saw the Italian improve enough to achieve P8 to start from the middle of the third row.
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