Last Gasp Morbidelli Snatches Mugello Pole

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Franco Morbidelli displayed his championship credentials once again by taking pole position for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. The home favourite snatched pole away from his Marc VDS team-mate Alex Marquez who had dominated the entire session, pipping the Spaniard by three hundredths of a second on his final lap.

Marquez had made a blistering start to the session, clocking a 1:51.715 inside the opening ten minutes to go faster than Mattia Pasini’s free practice benchmark and open up a seven tenth advantage. Although Morbidelli and Pasini gradually closed the gap, pole position only looked to be heading one way, even when Franco’s last lap got underway.

At the third checkpoint, the championship leader still had three tenths to make up but crucially, Morbidelli was able to lock himself into the slipstream of Yonny Hernandez’s AGR Kalex, with the tow up to the finish line enough to overturn the deficit. As a result, Morbidelli took his third pole of the year with Marquez missing out by 0.036s.

Pasini was also within a tenth of pole position in third, backing up his outstanding practice form, while championship challenger Thomas Luthi will head the second row. Takaaki Nakagami lines up fifth with Luca Marini, another of the home favourites, starting on row two for the second race running in sixth.

Jorge Navarro produced the best performance of his rookie campaign so far in seventh, just ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri while Miguel Oliveira put his KTM on the third row. His team-mate Brad Binder will start 24th on his return from injury.


Moto2 Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley – Qualifying Result

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
121. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:51.679
273. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:51.715
354. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:51.758
412. Thomas LuthiKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:52.045
530. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:52.173
610. Luca MariniKalexForward Team1:52.292
79. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:52.389
87. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team1:52.427
944. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:52.489
1024. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing1:52.579
1187. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:52.592
1252. Danny KentKalexGarage Plus Interwetten1:52.675
1323. Marcel SchrotterSuterDynavolt Intact GP1:52.716
1468. Yonny HernandezKalexAGR Team1:52.750
155. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:52.770
1642. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR461:52.785
1711. Sandro CorteseSuterDynavolt Intact GP1:52.931
1877. Dominique AegerterSuterKiefer Racing1:52.936
1932. Isaac VinalesKalexBE-A-VIP SAG Team1:52.961
2055. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia1:53.050
2119. Xavier SimeonKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:53.077
2297. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:53.148
2340. Fabio QuartararoKalexPons HP 401:53.159
2441. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:53.216
2549. Axel PonsKalexRW Racing GP1:53.324
262. Jesko RaffinKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:53.459
2789. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:53.580
2845. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexTeluru SAG Team1:53.645
2937. Augusto FernandezSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing1:53.672
3062. Stefano ManziKalexSky Racing Team VR461:53.733
3157. Edgar PonsKalexPons HP 401:53.895
3222. Federico FuligniKalexForward Junior Team1:55.173
336. Tarran MackenzieSuterKiefer Racing1:55.233