Celestino Vietti takes his first Moto2 pole position in Qatar.
In a bizarre turn of events, Celestino Vietti has taken his first ever Moto2 pole position in Qatar for the Mooney VR46 team after pole man Sam Lowes found his time cancelled late on into the session, Vietti had originally placed in second after a late lap at the death of the session pushing rookie rider Filip Salac to fourth place overall. Rookie Salac loving his time in Moto2 already it’s clear to see. His result is the best qualifying ever for a Czech rider in the middleweight class.
Back to the front row, Vietti led a Marc VDS duo of Tony Arbolino then Sam Lowes, Lowes’ original time handed him pole in spectacular fashion given his injury, despite that he can be content with a front-row start only 0.144 seconds from pole.
Joining rookie sensation Salac on row two are Ai Ogura and Augusto Fernandez, both riders have been pipped for strong things this year following a strong rookie season in 2021 for Ogura and Fernandez’s move over to the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad which are known for breeding champions, a second-row start places them in the best position for a podium fight.
Jake Dixon will be disappointed with the third row, the British rider has had the pace all weekend long to be able to fight for the front but two crashes already this weekend has damaged his confidence a little, despite that P7 overall leading the outstanding talent of Fermin Aldeguer is impressive, the pair being joined by Aron Canet.
Leading the fourth row is Pedro Acosta who was on for a pole position lap before a crash took him out of contention, despite that the rookie star will start tomorrow’s race from P10 leading Cameron Beaubier and Jorge Navarro.
Making it out of Q1 and going through to Q2 were Albert Arenas, Fermin Aldeguer, Bo Bendsneyder and Barry Baltus.
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