Marini Holds Off Dynavolt Challenge for Valencia Pole

by Louis Suddaby
Luca Marini - Photo Credit: Sky Racing Team VR46

Luca Marini followed up his maiden Moto2 victory in Malaysia with pole position for the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix. The Italian led for much of the qualifying session before coming under pressure from the Dynavolt riders, Xavi Vierge and Marcel Schrotter, but Marini held on for his second career pole.

After a weekend heavily disrupted by persistent rain, the Moto2 riders had the unusual luxury of a dry track for qualifying. This was bad news for Iker Lecuona, who had topped both Friday practice sessions in the wet, and the young Spaniard would wind up 21st on the grid after a crash on his Swiss Innovative Investors KTM.

Marini was certainly happy in the drier conditions, clocking a 1:37.333 on his very first lap of the afternoon before going onto improve by over a second before returning to the pits. At this stage, Schrotter trailed by a third of a second but the German would overhaul Marini nine minutes from the end, becoming the first rider to break into the 1:35s bracket.

To underline his superiority, Marini responded almost immediately to regain pole position but he still required a further improvement to fend off Vierge whose last gasp effort lifted him to within 0.027s of Luca in second. Newly crowned champion Francesco Bagnaia rose to fourth on his final lap of the day with Lorenzo Baldassarri fifth, just ahead of Britain’s Sam Lowes.

Joan Mir will start seventh for his final Moto2 race ahead of Augusto Fernandez and another MotoGP graduate in Fabio Quartararo while championship runner-up Miguel Oliveira lines up tenth, capping off a season of qualifying disappointments.


Moto2 Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana (Qualifying)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
110. Luca MariniKalexSky Racing Team VR461:35.777
297. Xavi ViergeKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:35.804
323. Marcel SchrotterKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:35.945
442. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR461:36.173
57. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexPons HP401:36.270
622. Sam LowesKTMSwiss Innovative Investors1:36.335
736. Joan MirKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS1:36.336
840. Augusto FernandezKalexPons HP401:36.380
920. Fabio QuartararoSpeed UpHDR Heidrun - Speed Up1:36.396
1044. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:36.429
1141. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:36.464
122. Jesko RaffinKalexSAG Team1:36.499
1324. Simone CorsiKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:36.515
1454. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:36.532
1589. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia1:36.572
1673. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS1:36.580
1787. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:36.595
185. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:36.638
1916. Joe RobertsNTSNTS RW Racing GP1:36.656
2045. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia1:36.667
2127. Iker LecuonaKTMSwiss Innovative Investors1:36.671
224. Steven OdendaalNTSNTS RW Racing GP1:36.819
239. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:36.909
2477. Dominique AegerterKTMKiefer Racing1:36.976
2514. Hector GarzoTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:37.444
2666. Niki TuuliKalexSIC Racing Team1:37.457
2770. Tommaso MarconSpeed UpHDR Heidrun - Speed Up1:37.483
2821. Federico FuligniKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:38.351
2932. Isaac VinalesSuterForward Racing Team1:38.406
3018. Xavi CardelusKalexMarinelli Snipers Team1:38.718
3195. Jules DaniloKalexNashi Argan SAG Team1:39.275
323. Lukas TulovicSuterForward Racing Team1:39.600

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