Lowes on Pole at Jerez as Title Rivals Struggle


Sam Lowes claimed an important pole position for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix on a day when his championship rivals struggled for pace. The Briton overhauled Jonas Folger in the closing minutes and with Alex Rins and Johann Zarco seventh and sixteenth respectively, Lowes is well placed to extend his championship lead tomorrow.

With temperatures climbing, many riders found conditions easier at the beginning of the session, especially those at Dynavolt Intact GP. Sandro Cortese’s first representative lap of the afternoon was a 1:42.439, faster than anything from the preceding practice sessions but he was soon knocked off pole position by his teammate Jonas Folger who edged ahead by three thousandths of a second.

An apparent lack of grip looked to have put paid to any chance of improvements but Lowes had other ideas with four minutes to go, clocking a 1:42.433 on his Gresini Kalex. A second improvement moments later saw the Briton consolidate pole position and with Folger lacking pace late on, Lowes had secured his second pole of 2016.

Cortese completes the front row with Franco Morbidelli heading the second row in fourth, one place ahead of Thomas Luthi who is the nearest championship contender to Lowes on tomorrow’s grid. Lorenzo Baldassarri will line up sixth ahead of the disappointing Rins while Simone Corsi and Alex Marquez will join him on the third row tomorrow.

 

Moto2 Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana (Qualifying Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
122. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:42.408
294. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:42.436
311. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:42.439
421. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:42.480
512. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus Interwetten1:42.535
67. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team1:42.571
740. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:42.628
824. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up1:42.653
973. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:42.664
1039. Luis SalomKalexSAG Team1:42.772
1110. Luca MariniKalexForward Team1:42.884
1230. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:42.906
1323. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team1:43.070
1444. Miguel OliveiraKalexLeopard Racing1:43.083
1552. Danny KentKalexLeopard Racing1:43.169
165. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport1:43.171
1749. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team1:43.207
1877. Dominique AegerterKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:43.235
1919. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:43.256
2060. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:43.342
2114. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:43.543
2297. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:43.621
2357. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:43.770
2455. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia1:43.897
2532. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:43.960
262. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG1:44.062
2754. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:44.295
2833. Alessandro TonucciKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:44.473
2970. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:44.497
3042. Federico FuligniKalexTeam Ciatti1:44.666