Dynavolt Intact GP’s Marcel Schrötter followed up his Friday form with more Moto2™ dominance at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas as the German backed up his top spot finishes in both of yesterday’s sessions to bag a second pole position of the season. It was close though, with a best effort of 2:10.875 just 0.058 ahead of the second fastest man: Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS). 2015 Americas GP winner Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) completes the front row, his fourth consecutive front row start at the track in the intermediate class.
After it was Dynavolt Intact GP’s day on Friday, it wasn’t quite a dream 1-2 in qualifying as veteran Tom Lüthi was pushed back onto the second row of the grid, but he’s close to the front and joined there by Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder in P5. The South African made it through from Q1 earlier in the day after a more difficult Friday. That wasn’t true of Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up) after the Spaniard had some top pace on Friday, and he completes Row 2.
On his return to the Moto2™ class, Mattia Pasini (Flexbox HP40) ended the session an impressive seventh, with Red Bull KTM Ajo’s rookie Jorge Martin securing a career best Moto2™ qualifying in eighth, 0.033 seconds ahead of Simone Corsi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) who rounds out the third row.
Sky Racing Team VR46’s Luca Marini completes the top ten, with a few surprise names missing: Championship leader Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) starts P15, Argentina podium finisher Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) from P18 after a crash and Argentina polesitter Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) from P20.
Can they be comeback kings on Saturday? Or is the stage set for a shake up on Sunday? From out from 12:20 (GMT -5) local time as the lights go out for Moto2™.
1 – Marcel Schrötter (GER) 2:10.875
2 – Alex Marquez (SPA) +0.058
3 – Sam Lowes (GBR) +0.248
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