Lowes Back on Form with Mugello Moto2 Pole

Sam Lowes bounced back from the disappointment of Le Mans by taking pole position for the Italian Grand Prix, his second in as many years at Mugello. The Briton, who lost the championship lead to Alex Rins in France, edged out Takaaki Nakagami to claim his sixth career pole with Rins suffering problems this time, crashing on his way to ninth on the grid.

Typically in Moto2, many of the quickest laps were set early in the session and Lorenzo Baldassarri made the brightest start of all, setting a 1:52.088 to sneak ahead of AGR’s Marcel Schrotter. Lowes soon got up to speed, moving up to second with his third lap of the afternoon but after regrouping in the garage, the Gresini rider became the first (and only) rider to break into the 1:51s, securing his third pole from six races in 2016.

With twelve minutes to go, Nakagami climbed up to second, just 0.047s adrift of Lowes but two other contenders for top spot saw their hopes disappear in the gravel late on. Simone Corsi was the first to fall, losing control of his Speed Up, the bike that holds the qualifying record at Mugello, with two minutes remaining. Shortly afterwards, Rins tumbled too, losing the front end of his Paginas Amarillas Kalex at turn two.

As a result, Nakagami and Baldassarri held onto their front row spots with Axel Pons edging out his teammate Schrotter to qualify fourth. Johann Zarco produced a late burst to climb onto the second row in sixth while Thomas Luthi will start seventh, just in front of Corsi and Rins.


Moto2 Gran Premio d’Italia TIM (Qualifying Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
122. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:51.965
230. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:52.012
37. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team1:52.088
449. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team1:52.091
523. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team1:52.134
65. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport1:52.198
712. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus Interwetten1:52.265
824. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up1:52.321
940. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:52.321
1010. Luca MariniKalexForward Team1:52.330
1111. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:52.343
1277. Dominique AegerterKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:52.361
1321. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:52.394
1473. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:52.399
1555. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia1:52.466
1639. Luis SalomKalexSAG Team1:52.624
1794. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:52.652
1852. Danny KentKalexLeopard Racing1:52.694
1919. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:52.743
2060. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:52.754
2144. Miguel OliveiraKalexLeopard Racing1:53.170
2254. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:53.238
2314. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:53.318
2470. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:53.623
2588. Ricard CardusSuterJPMoto Malaysia1:53.778
2632. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:53.806
2757. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:53.881
2842. Federico FuligniKalexTeam Ciatti1:53.949
2997. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:54.288
3033. Alessandro TonucciKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:54.832
312. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG1:55.197