Sam Lowes bounced back from a crash early in the qualifying session to claim pole position for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. The Briton was in danger of sliding down the leaderboard after tumbling fifteen minutes in but after recovering his bike to the pits, Lowes returned to the track to hand Speed Up pole position on home soil.
After topping the practice times, Tito Rabat began the session as favourite for pole and the reigning champion hit the front after twelve minutes, pulling out a tenth of a second over Thomas Luthi. At this point, Lowes held the third spot on the front row of the grid but a fall at Materassi threatened to undo all of his hard work, especially when the Speed Up wouldn’t restart. Fortunately for Sam, he was able to recover his machine to a nearby service road and find his way back to the pitlane but in his absence, the picture up front had been altered.
The biggest change of all came midway through the session as the Swiss teammates at Interwetten worked in tandem. Thomas Luthi shaved a tenth off his best time to stay second but his compatriot Dominique Aegerter was buried in the slipstream of the no.12 Kalex and took full advantage, jumping up to provisional pole position.
With ten minutes to go, Lowes finally ventured back out of the pits and within two laps, the Lincolnshire man had stamped his authority on the session with a 1:51.514, three tenths quicker than Aegerter and enough for his second pole position in 2015.
Aegerter held onto second while the relentless Rabat regained third from Luthi on his last lap of the afternoon. Luis Salom finished a surprising fifth ahead of championship leader Johann Zarco and leading Italian Simone Corsi. Xavier Simeon will start eighth ahead of an off-form Alex Rins while Axel Pons lines up tenth despite a crash in qualifying.
MOTO2 GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA TIM – QUALIFYING RESULT
|1||22. Sam Lowes||Speed Up||Speed Up Racing||1:51.514|
|2||77. Dominique Aegerter||Kalex||Technomag Racing Interwetten||1:51.856|
|3||1. Tito Rabat||Kalex||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||1:51.874|
|4||12. Thomas Luthi||Kalex||Derendinger Racing Interwetten||1:51.879|
|5||39. Luis Salom||Kalex||Paginas Amarillas HP 40||1:52.120|
|6||5. Johann Zarco||Kalex||Ajo Motorsport||1:52.140|
|7||3. Simone Corsi||Kalex||Forward Racing||1:52.144|
|8||19. Xavier Simeon||Kalex||Federal Oil Gresini Moto2||1:52.155|
|9||40. Alex Rins||Kalex||Paginas Amarillas HP 40||1:52.240|
|10||49. Axel Pons||Kalex||AGR Team||1:52.327|
|11||11. Sandro Cortese||Kalex||Dynavolt Intact GP||1:52.331|
|12||60. Julian Simon||Speed Up||QMMF Racing Team||1:52.472|
|13||94. Jonas Folger||Kalex||AGR Team||1:52.480|
|14||55. Hafizh Syahrin||Kalex||Petronas Raceline Malaysia||1:52.510|
|15||73. Alex Marquez||Kalex||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||1:52.536|
|16||7. Lorenzo Baldassarri||Kalex||Forward Racing||1:52.709|
|17||30. Takaaki Nakagami||Kalex||IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia||1:52.807|
|18||54. Mattia Pasini||Kalex||Gresini Racing||1:52.845|
|19||23. Marcel Schrotter||Tech 3||Tech 3||1:52.880|
|20||4. Randy Krummenacher||Kalex||JIR Moto2||1:52.927|
|21||21. Franco Morbidelli||Kalex||Italtrans Racing Team||1:53.024|
|22||88. Ricard Cardus||Tech 3||Tech 3||1:53.279|
|23||36. Mika Kallio||Kalex||Italtrans Racing Team||1:53.333|
|24||25. Azlan Shah||Kalex||IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia||1:53.552|
|25||70. Robin Mulhauser||Kalex||Technomag Racing Interwetten||1:53.867|
|26||96. Louis Rossi||Tech 3||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||1:53.975|
|27||66. Florian Alt||Suter||Octo IodaRacing Team||1:54.662|
|28||51. Zaqhwan Zaidi||Suter||JPM Malaysia||1:54.807|
|29||2. Jesko Raffin||Kalex||sports-millions-EMWE-SAG||1:54.844|
|30||95. Anthony West||Speed Up||QMMF Racing Team||1:54.989|
|31||10. Thitipong Warokorn||Kalex||APH PTT The Pizza SAG||1:55.069|