Late Flyer Sees Lowes Snatch Argentina Pole

Sam Lowes produced a sensational effort in the dying seconds of qualifying to snatch pole position for the Argentine Grand Prix away from Johann Zarco. The world champion looked on course for a ninth career pole in the intermediate class but Lowes navigated his way through some late traffic before outpacing the Frenchman, securing the fourth pole of his Moto2 career.

Zarco was the dominant force for much of the session, holding top spot from the moment he clocked a 1:43.753 six minutes in. Lowes was just a tenth shy in second but the longer the session went on, the less likely it looked that anyone would challenge the Ajo rider who was busy lowering his own benchmark time.

Sure enough, Zarco saved his fastest lap of the afternoon but his 1:43.466 wouldn’t prove quick enough for pole with Lowes unleashing a stunning final lap. The Briton, who was growing frustrated by traffic and sitting on the provisional second row, clocked a 1:43.347 to take his first pole for Federal Oil Gresini.

Jonas Folger backed up his Qatar pole position with third spot in Argentina while Takaaki Nakagami was relegated to the front of the second row by Lowes’ late improvement. Franco Morbidelli lines up fifth ahead of championship leader Thomas Luthi while Sandro Cortese starts seventh on the second Dynavolt Kalex.

Danny Kent, who finished Friday’s opening practice session in second spot, qualified eighth for his best Moto2 starting spot so far while Lorenzo Baldassarri secured himself a third row start just two weeks after dislocating both shoulders in Qatar.


Moto2 Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina (Qualifying Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
122. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:43.347
25. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport1:43.466
394. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:43.637
430. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:43.709
521. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:43.733
612. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus Interwetten1:43.813
711. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:43.823
852. Danny KentKalexLeopard Racing1:43.858
97. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team1:43.981
1049. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team1:43.982
1140. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:43.989
1255. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia1:44.055
1324. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up1:44.060
1439. Luis SalomKalexSAG Team1:44.104
1573. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:44.154
1623. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team1:44.172
1719. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:44.396
1844. Miguel OliveiraKalexLeopard Racing1:44.424
1977. Dominique AegerterKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:44.443
2054. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:44.523
2114. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:44.572
2210. Luca MariniKalexForward Team1:44.603
2397. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:44.703
2460. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:44.767
252. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG1:45.294
2670. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:45.848
2732. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:45.859
288. Efren VazquezSuterJPMoto Malaysia1:46.272
2933. Alessandro TonucciKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:46.554
NQ57. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40No Time