Sam Lowes endured a crash-filled session to take his sixth pole position of the year.
Moto2 was an all-out crash fest, honestly there were too many riders who crashed to name them all however the important ones are Marco Bezzecchi and Raul Fernandez, Fernandez especially who has cost himself a chance to start from the front row and maximise his point-scoring opportunities here in Misano over his teammate Remy Gardner who struggled to qualify well starting tomorrows race in a disappointing P14, this means that he has a lot of work to do tomorrow to stop his teammate closing up the championship lead any further.
For Sam Lowes he has registered himself his sixth pole position start of the season with a fantastic display of wit, bravery and patience, whilst many riders crashed he knew what he had to do to take pole position including tentatively tiptoeing around the perilous turn 15 which has claimed many riders throughout today’s sessions in all three classes and using his speed in areas of the track which were much safer. This meant he could set and then go on to beat his own pole position laptime leading Jorge Navarro by 0.045 seconds.
Sam’s teammate Augusto Fernandez was also able to secure a front-row start taking third place, the Spanish rider is in a fine run of form at the moment and will have his eyes set on a podium finish come tomorrow’s races at the San Marinian track of Misano. Starting row two is Aron Canet on the Boscoscuro chassis machine, he was another rider able to put in a strong set of laps later into the session and evade the yellow flags which cost many riders their lap times.
Joining Canet on row two is Celestino Vietti, unfortunately for Vietti he was unable to survive the wet conditions and crashed at turn one completing only six laps, luckily for him he was aided by the yellow flags which stopped many riders from improving their lap times meaning he could hold on for dear life to a top 5 start for the rookie ahead of Marcos Ramirez and Stefano Manzi who was another rider who fell victim to the weather conditions.
Albert Arenas was only 0.047 seconds back leading Raul Fernandez who suffered a rare crash thus ending his streak of front-row starts, he does however start much higher from his teammate and won the race in Portimao from P10 on the grid, the Moto2 field need to be cautious because Fernandez is coming! Somkiat Chantra took home P10 leading the SAG Racing duo of Thomas Luthi then Bo Bendsneyder.
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Featured image – Marc VDS