Oliveira and KTM Claim Maiden Moto2 Pole

Miguel Oliveira - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Miguel Oliveira made history in Argentina by claiming his first ever pole position in Moto2 and the first in the intermediate class for the KTM chassis at Termas de Rio Hondo. The Portuguese rider edged out championship leader Franco Morbidelli in a frantic session which saw countless changes of polesitter on a drying track.

The session began in damp conditions following a rain-affected MotoGP session and Alex Marquez appeared to be the most confident early on, holding provisional pole for the opening twenty minutes. A switch to slicks for Sandro Cortese and Mattia Pasini saw the times quickly tumble though as pair swapped top spot between themselves.

It wasn’t until the final ten minutes that Oliveira came into play but the KTM rider had timed his last run to perfection, improving on five consecutive laps to finish on a 1:45.616 and a first Moto2 pole. Morbidelli also peaked in the closing stages to take second after a quiet session while Marquez also found pace on slicks towards the end to secure a front row start in third.

Thomas Luthi scrambled his way up to fourth ahead of the impressive Jesko Raffin who equalled his career-best in fifth, just ahead of Pasini and Cortese. Xavi Vierge continued to shine on the Tech 3 Mistral in eighth while Xavier Simeon and Lorenzo Baldassarri completed the top ten.


Moto2 Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina: Qualifying Classification

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
144. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:45.616
221. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:45.715
373. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:45.864
412. Thomas LuthiKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:45.990
52. Jesko RaffinKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:46.053
654. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:46.144
711. Sandro CorteseSuterDynavolt Intact GP1:46.145
897. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:46.173
919. Xavier SimeonKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:46.197
107. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team1:46.420
1110. Luca MariniKalexForward Team1:46.482
1252. Danny KentSuterKiefer Racing1:46.719
1342. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR461:46.768
1455. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia1:46.815
1549. Axel PonsKalexRW Racing GP1:46.832
1623. Marcel SchrotterSuterDynavolt Intact GP1:46.834
1740. Fabio QuartararoKalexPons HP 401:46.864
1877. Dominique AegerterSuterKiefer Racing1:46.902
1924. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing1:46.943
209. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:46.970
2132. Isaac VinalesKalexBE-A-VIP SAG Team1:47.190
2230. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:47.343
2357. Edgar PonsKalexPons HP 401:47.641
2441. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:47.855
2587. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:47.899
2660. Julian SimonKalexGarage Plus Interwetten1:47.912
2745. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexTeluru SAG Team1:48.118
2889. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:48.173
2947. Axel BassaniSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing1:48.243
3068. Yonny HernandezKalexAGR Team1:49.013
315. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:49.178
3262. Stefano ManziKalexSky Racing Team VR461:50.023