After waiting three years for a second pole position of his career, Jorge Navarro only had to wait two more weeks for a third today as he scraped through a damp Q1 and then made the most of his experience of the conditions to secure top spot in Q2. Thomas Luthi also came through Q1 and was the Spaniard’s closest challenger for pole in second place, with Álex Márquez completing the front row in third. Series leader Lorenzo Baldassarri will line up in seventh position.
Jake Dixon secured his best grid position in Moto2, qualifying eleventh after himself coming through Q1 in second position. Dixon’s Q1 lap time would have been good enough for the front row in Q2 but he was unable to reproduce it due to a vibration with the bike and lack of grip from the tyre. Dixon is keeping his expectations in check for tomorrow’s race but is ready to give his all in only his fourth Grand Prix.
11th Jake Dixon 1:51.082:
“I was second in Q1 with a lap time that would have put me on the front row if I had a tyre to do it again in Q2. For some reason there was a problem with the tyre – I had zero grip and a big vibration from the bike. After four laps I had to pull in because it was so dangerous. It’s my best qualifying of the year so far but I am not happy because the potential was so much higher. Thanks to the team for a great job and now we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”
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