Remy Gardner took the third pole position of his career in qualifying for the Moto2 season finale in Portimao.
The Australian was the fastest in the middle class in Portugal with 1:42. 592s on his Onexox TKKR SAG Team Kalex, a little more than a tenth on the field.
Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) was the first of the four title contenders with 1:42. 710s and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Beta Tools Speed Up) will be in the front row.
Augusto Fernandez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) set the early pace in qualifying 2 with 1:43. 216s, but that was knocked off by Marini when the Italian clocked a 1:43. 027s on his second flyer.
Gardner lost an unrepresentative first lap before briefly finishing fourth with 1:43. 601s on its next tour.
At halftime it was a Marc VDS double victory when an injured Sam Lowes set a 1:42. 759s and was followed over the line by Fernandez with a 1:42. 871s.
Marini shared it in 11th. Minute of the quarter of an hour and brought back the provisional pole with 1:42. 710s on his next lap, making him the first time to beat Gardner’s combined training benchmark of 1:42. 728s.
The Australian was now up to 17. Rank downgraded, the last to have a lap time at this point when he was pitted before 1:43. 142s put him on 10th. space.
Gardner shot to the top on his following lap, but Di Giannantonio and championship leader Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Kalex) had even more speed up their sleeves.
The former of these two Italians improved to 1:42. 721s remained third, while this increased from ninth to fourth place with 1:42. 722s after the checkered flag.
« The fourth sector was pretty positive for us all weekend, » said the 22-year-old after his last qualifying for the Stop and Go Racing Team before he switched to the KTM.
“We had a bit of a problem yesterday in Sector 3, so we studied telemetry and the videos were very intense. We managed to improve sectors 2 and 3.
« Sector 1, we are not the strongest yet. Hopefully we can find a little more (warm up) in Sector 1 in the morning. Perhaps you will change my driving behavior a little on Turn 1. « .
“But I knew if I could get to sector 3 at 0. 0, I could get pole because sector 4 is pretty good for us.
“The team has worked very well over the past two days. I love the track, it’s just so much fun and I like to ride my bike every lap.
« It’s a good starting position for tomorrow. Let’s see what we can do and hopefully be on the podium again to give the team the result they deserve. « . ”
Lowes finished fifth when trying to overcome a 14-point deficit against Bastianini in the last race of the year, while the other title contender in Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) from 12. on the 12th. Place to work has grids.
There was a scary moment for Aron Canet when he crashed his Pull&Bear Aspar Speed Up at Turn 8 on his out lap and had bikes flying past on either side as he slid down the following descent.
The Spaniard was able to get back in, go back to the pits and finally set a time that was good enough for the 15th. was.
Gardner’s efforts came after another Australian got a front row start. Jack Miller qualified third in the premier class with his Pramac Ducati.
The Moto2 race starts tonight at 11:20 p.m. AEDT, followed by the morning MotoGP at 1:00 a.m. AEDT.
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