Sport Pasini beats Morbidelli to Red Bull ring pole

19:51  12 august  2017
19:51  12 august  2017 Source:

Pasini ends mixed Friday on top in Moto2

  Pasini ends mixed Friday on top in Moto2 Mattia Pasini ended the first day of Moto2 track action ahead of the Czech Grand Prix fastest of all, after the Italian headed Francesco Bagnaia in the dry second session. The day got off to a wet start, with KTM’s Miguel Oliveira – who spun a few laps on the RC16 MotoGP bike during the summer break – leading Simone Corsi and Xavi Vierge with a best lap of 2m15.724s. By the time the afternoon session got underway, the 3.36-mile Brno circuit was completely dry and the field wasted no time in hammering in the laps. After the opening few minutes of running, Pasini led the way with a 2m03.670s, which kept him at the top of the standings for eight minutes before championship leader Franco Morbidelli deposed him with a 2m03.657s. Pasini struck back with 15 minutes remaining, lowering the benchmark to a 2m03.445s, and then to a 2m03.304s two laps later. Sky VR46 rider Bagnaia – who was sixth this morning – took over top spot briefly, but not even traffic in the form of Oliveira on his final lap could deny Pasini the fastest lap of the day with a 2m02.975s. Bagnaia was cut 0.262 seconds adrift at the chequered flag, while Vierge proved he had strong dry weather pace to compliment his speed in the wet in third. Oliveira heads into Saturday’s running fourth overall ahead of Sandro Cortese, who is set to meet with several teams this weekend about potential rides in Moto2 next season after the Dynavolt team confirmed his departure at the end of the season in Germany.

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Mattia Pasini took pole position at the Red Bull ring, beating out Franco Morbidelli by the narrowest of margins.

Pasini took pole by a single thousandth of a second, narrowly faster than his fellow countryman. Morbidelli’s teammate Alex Marquez will join him on the front row, starting from third place.

Francesco Bagnaia will head the second row, alongside Tom Luthi. Championship contender Luthi will be disappointed to not be on the front row, especially after impressing through practice.

Fabio Quartararo will be the final rider on the second row in sixth place. Isaac Vinales continued his great weekend by ending qualifying in seventh, ahead of Miguel Oliveria.

Xavi Vierge took ninth place, whilst Sandro Cortese finished in tenth. Jorge Navarro made a great save to avoid crashing during qualifying and ended the session in eleventh place. Hafizh Syharin will start from twelfth place.

The Moto2 race will start at 11:20 BST from the Red Bull ring.

Morbidelli leads Marc VDS one-two at the Red Bull Ring .
Franco Morbidelli led home team-mate Alex Marquez at the Austrian Grand Prix for Marc VDS’ first one-two in the Moto2 class since 2014. Morbidelli’s dominant victory edges his tally to seven this season and puts him 26 points clear of Tom Luthi in the standings ahead of the British Grand Prix. The Italian nailed his launch off the line from second on the grid to take the lead into the first corner, with Luthi making his way through from fifth to second by the end of the opening lap. For the next handful of tours, Morbidelli led Luthi, with Marquez and polesitter Mattia Pasini all line astern. Luthi attempted to take the lead on lap four at Turn 3, but ran wide and allowed Marquez into second. The Swiss rider made a similar error on a number of occasions at the same corner, which allowed Morbidelli to remain in control at the front. With eight laps to go, Marquez made a lunge for the lead, but ran wide and allowed Luthi to finally secure second. Luthi lined up Morbidelli into the third corner in the closing stages, but ran wide once again, Marquez not needing a second invitation to retake second. By now, Morbidelli had opened his lead up to almost a second, while behind him KTM’s Miguel Oliveira set fastest lap after fastest lap as he chased down the podium. The Portuguese rider was right on the tail of Luthi with five laps to go when he suffered a heavy fall at the fast Turn 8.


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