Bagnaia Takes Pole to Take Title Advantage

by Louis Suddaby
Francesco Bagnaia - Pole Position - Silverstone

Francesco Bagnaia took a last-gasp pole position for the British Grand Prix to give himself a sizeable start-line advantage over championship rival Miguel Oliveira. The Sky VR46 rider struck with the final lap of the afternoon to deny Tech 3’s Remy Gardner and with Oliveira’s qualifying problems returning to leave him 23rd, Bagnaia looks well placed to extend his championship lead.

The intermediate class riders had to wait patiently to get their qualifying session underway after heavy rain earlier in the afternoon caused an hour-long delay to proceedings. Fortunately for Moto2, conditions had markedly improved by the time their qualifying session finally started shortly after 4pm local time.

Provisional pole changed hands regularly throughout the session as conditions gradually improved, with Bagnaia largely keeping his powder dry until the final five minutes. With Spaniard Iker Lecuona dreaming of a maiden pole position, Bagnaia clocked a 2:08.551 lap to grab provisional pole two and a half minutes from time.

Marcel Schrotter had topped the timesheets in both practice sessions to dodge the showers and looked on course to prevail again, going fastest 20 seconds before the chequered flag flew, with Bagnaia busy berating himself after overshooting Becketts. The Italian regathered his composure just in time though, allowing him to respond to Gardner’s shock lap, and claim a crucial pole position.

Alex Marquez also saved his best until last to qualify third, knocking Schrotter off the front row, while Luca Marini and MotoGP-bound Fabio Quartararo complete the second row. Mattia Pasini was seventh, with Lecuona dropping to eighth alongside his SII team-mate Sam Lowes.


Moto2 GoPro British Grand Prix (Qualifying)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
142. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR462:08.153
287. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing2:08.347
373. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS2:08.411
423. Marcel SchrotterKalexDynavolt Intact GP2:08.442
510. Luca MariniKalexSky Racing Team VR462:08.643
620. Fabio QuartararoSpeed Up+Ego - Speed Up Racing2:08.756
754. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team2:08.772
827. Iker LecuonaKTMSwiss Innovative Investors2:08.774
922. Sam LowesKTMSwiss Innovative Investors2:08.785
1013. Romano FenatiKalexMarinelli Snipers Team2:08.908
1197. Xavi ViergeKalexDynavolt Intact GP2:08.921
127. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexPons HP402:08.976
135. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team2:09.007
1436. Joan MirKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS2:09.041
1540. Augusto FernandezKalexPons HP402:09.129
1641. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:09.252
1777. Dominique AegerterKTMKiefer Racing2:09.301
1864. Bo BendsneyderTech 3Tech 3 Racing2:09.323
1966. Niki TuuliKalexSIC Racing Team2:09.578
2016. Joe RobertsNTSNTS RW Racing GP2:09.582
2145. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia2:09.706
229. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto22:09.838
2344. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:09.968
2462. Stefano ManziSuterForward Racing Team2:09.994
254. Steven OdendaalNTSNTS RW Racing GP2:10.112
2652. Danny KentSpeed Up+Ego - Speed Up Racing2:10.285
2789. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia2:10.888
2865. Josh OwensKalexTickhill Labour and Plant2:11.033
2995. Jules DaniloKalexNashi Argan SAG Team2:11.522
3021. Federico FuligniKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto22:12.355
3155. Alejandro MedinaKalexSAG Team2:12.847
3224. Simone CorsiKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto22:13.871
3318. Xavi CardelusKalexTeam Stylobike2:14.055
NQ32. Isaac VinalesSuterForward Racing TeamNo Time

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