Zarco on Top in Emotional Moto2 Qualifying

Johann Zarco took pole position for the Catalunya Grand Prix as the Moto2 class returned to action for the first time since Luis Salom’s tragic death in Friday practice. The atmosphere was understandably subdued with many riders carrying tributes to Salom on their machines but the action has continued at the wishes of Luis’ family.

The session started with more worrying scenes as a couple of riders suffered heavy crashes but thankfully, on this occasion, no-one sustained any injuries in their incidents. Franco Morbidelli was the luckiest, losing control of his Marc VDS Kalex twice with the second fall coming at the high speed Campsa corner. Danny Kent also came unstuck early on and the two riders will start in 18th and 21st respectively as a result of their issues.

The next rider to encounter trouble was championship leader Sam Lowes who lost the front end of his Gresini machine at Campsa twenty minutes from the end. The Briton was able to recover his bike back to the garage and get back out for a last-ditch effort but he was unable to manage better than fifth, leaving his title rivals to dispute the front row grid slots.

Zarco would ultimately come out on top on the Formula 1 layout in Barcelona, installed after yesterday’s tragedy. The Frenchman clocked a 1:49.179 to edge out Alex Rins by three hundredths of a second while Thomas Luthi, who sits between Rins and Zarco in third in the championship, will start alongside in third while Takaaki Nakagami lines up ahead of Lowes in fourth.

Axel Pons starts sixth ahead of Alex Marquez and Lorenzo Baldassarri while German duo Marcel Schrotter and Sandro Cortese complete the top ten.


Moto2 Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya (Qualifying Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
15. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport1:49.179
240. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:49.214
312. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus Interwetten1:49.472
430. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:49.606
522. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:49.619
649. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team1:49.661
773. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:49.712
87. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team1:49.753
923. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team1:49.949
1011. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:49.980
1124. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up1:50.066
1294. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:50.072
1355. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia1:50.152
1477. Dominique AegerterKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:50.196
1544. Miguel OliveiraKalexLeopard Racing1:50.430
1619. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:50.479
1760. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:50.493
1821. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:50.628
1954. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:50.658
2010. Luca MariniKalexForward Team1:50.868
2152. Danny KentKalexLeopard Racing1:50.902
2297. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:51.229
2314. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:51.235
2487. Remy GardnerKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:51.241
2557. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:51.739
2670. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:51.847
2732. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:51.853
2893. Ramdan RosliKalexPetronas AHM Malaysia1:52.159