(Motorinformed.com) – Simone Corsi caused the big surprise at the Moto2 qualifying in Valencia. The 34-year-old set the fastest time in Q1 and then raced to pole position in Q2 with 1: 34.956 minutes. For the Italian it was the first Pole since Aragon in 2012.
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Simone Corsi caused a big surprise with the MV Agusta
The last qualifying of the year was exciting. The first five drivers were within 0.080 seconds. In addition to Corsi, Celestino Vietti and Augusto Fernandez took second and third place on the front row (Q2 result).
The Ajo duo did not show an optimal qualifying. Raul Fernandez crashed into turn 2 three and a half minutes before the time ran out. As a result, the Spaniard fell back to fifth place (look up all the action in the ticker!). Raul Fernandez has to win the race if he wants to have a world championship chance.
His team-mate Remy Gardner qualified for eighth place on the grid. If the Australian finishes in the top 13 in the race, he will be world champion. Should Raul Fernandez not win, then Gardner is the new champion even with a failure.
A strong qualifying was shown by Tom Lüthi, who will contest his 317th and final Grand Prix on Sunday. The Swiss took sixth place on the grid in the second row. The time gaps were very close across the field.
Marcel Schrötter was only 0.288 seconds behind. That meant 13th place on the grid for the German. Marcos Ramirez caused the second incident in Q2 with a crash. Fabio di Giannantonio was canceled for a time due to track limits in Turn 12. He starts fourth.
Q1: Aldeguer and Canet fall
In Q1, two veterans were among the leaders. Corsi set the fastest time with 1: 35.155 minutes. Lüthi moved into Q2 as second. Hafizh Syahrin and Joe Roberts also progressed to the second section. It was exciting because the top 4 were within less than two tenths of a second (Q1 result).
In fifth place, Hector Garzo missed the jump into Q2 by just 0.045 seconds. There were also two incidents in the first section. Fermin Aldeguer and Aron Canet had falls during their attacks. Barry Baltus was unable to set up time due to technical problems.
The Moto2 race will start on Sunday at 12:20 p.m. (grid).