Teammates Marcel Schrotter and Thomas Luthi took the front two positions on the Moto2 grid for the Italian Grand Prix after a close qualifying session that... Jake Dixon turns focus to race day at Mugello

Teammates Marcel Schrotter and Thomas Luthi took the front two positions on the Moto2 grid for the Italian Grand Prix after a close qualifying session that saw the German clock a 1’51.129 with his final lap to pip the Swiss rider to pole position by just 0.040 seconds. Luthi, who had dominated for much of the session, will therefore start from second position, just ahead of Álex Márquez. The Spaniard, winner of the French Grand Prix, completes the front row.

The focus for the Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team now turns to tomorrow’s race at the Italian Grand Prix after qualifying took place this afternoon at Mugello. The Spanish team will line up for the race with Jake Dixon on the tenth row and Xavi Cardelús on the eleventh. Dixon was only able to complete a single lap in qualifying due to an engine problem, with the organisers later agreeing to change his motor.

30th Jake Dixon 1:54.682:

“We went the wrong way in qualifying. We had taken a big step in FP3 and that was without pushing. I think that we could have realistically been looking at a 1’53.3 today, which was my target. Unfortunately, I was only able to get a single lap in during qualifying due to a problem with the engine, which was a shame.”