Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) scored his second consecutive pole position in the Honda CBR600-powered Moto2 class, outpacing Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) and Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) by fractions of a second.

Indeed Mugello winner Pasini bettered championship-leader Morbidelli by just one thousandth of a second, with Marquez completing the front row a further 0.175 seconds. Moto2 qualifying was as tightly contested as ever, with 1.191 seconds separating Pasini from 22nd quickest Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex).

Morbidelli currently leads third-overall Marquez by 49 points, with Brno winner Thomas Luthi (CarXpert Interwetten Kalex) holding second overall, 17 points behind Morbidelli. Today Luthi was fifth fastest, just three tenths off pole, so he will start the race from the middle of the second row, between impressive rookies Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) and Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP 40 Kalex).

Isaac Vinales (SAG Team Kalex) leads row three, ahead of Brno podium finisher Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM) and Xavi Vierge (Tech 3 Racing Tech 3). The top ten is completed by Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP Suter).

Mattia Pasini

Mattia Pasini 54

1st

“Qualifying today was really strange. The first tyre I used felt so good, so I was able to push very hard. Then I tried a harder race tyre, which was also not so bad. But when I tried another softer tyre I couldn’t improve, maybe the track was different or the tyre. So I was lucky to keep pole, which is so important here because the first two corners are so tight. I feel good on the bike, so I am hoping for a good race.”

Italtrans Racing Team
Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli 21

2nd

“It’s a pity to miss out on pole position by such a small margin but the truth is that I am really happy because my crew worked incredibly well to improve the bike for qualifying and we made a great step from FP3. They always keep believing and keep working hard and finally we came very close to another pole position. We showed today my one lap pace is strong and I think my rhythm for the race is quite strong too, so we can start tomorrow with a lot of optimism of fighting for another win.”

EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Alex Marquez

Alex Marquez 73

3rd

“I am very happy to be on the front here in Austria because I have been close to the front all weekend and it was good to make sure we were strong in qualifying. For some reason since we returned from the summer break I have been struggling more than usual in the time attack, so the front row is an excellent result. I have demonstrated good pace for the race, so I don’t think there is any reason we can’t be finishing inside the top three in the race.”

EG 0,0 Marc VDS
NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich

Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria

Moto2 2017, Round 11

Saturday 12 Aug 2017, 17:36 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Mattia Pasini 54 ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1'29.394
2 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +1'29.395
3 Alex Marquez 73 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +1'29.570
4 Francesco Bagnaia 42 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex +1'29.581
5 Thomas Luthi 12 SWI CarXpert Interwetten Kalex +1'29.696
6 Fabio Quartararo 40 FRA Pons HP40 Kalex +1'29.855
7 Isaac Viñales 32 SPA Be-A-VIP SAG Team Kalex +1'29.868
8 Miguel Oliveira 44 POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1'29.998
9 Xavi Vierge 97 SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 +1'30.097
10 Sandro Cortese 11 GER Dynavolt Intact GP Suter +1'30.101
11 Jorge Navarro 9 SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex +1'30.116
12 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex +1'30.148
13 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +1'30.175
14 Dominique Aegerter 77 SWI Kiefer Racing Suter +1'30.247
15 Simone Corsi 24 ITA Speed Up Racing Speed Up +1'30.258
Rider Standings
Sunday, 6 Aug 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 181 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
2 Thomas LUTHI 12 SWI 161 CarXpert Interwetten Kalex
3 Alex MARQUEZ 73 SPA 133 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
4 Miguel OLIVEIRA 44 POR 130 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
5 Mattia PASINI 54 ITA 93 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
6 Francesco BAGNAIA 42 ITA 86 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex
7 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 68 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
8 Simone CORSI 24 ITA 62 Speed Up Racing Speed Up
9 Luca MARINI 10 ITA 54 Forward Racing Kalex
10 Dominique AEGERTER 77 SWI 50 Kiefer Racing Suter
11 Xavi VIERGE 97 SPA 50 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
12 Marcel SCHROTTER 23 GER 44 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
13 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 43 Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex
14 Jorge NAVARRO 9 SPA 38 Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex
15 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI 7 ITA 37 Forward Racing Kalex
16 Fabio QUARTARARO 40 FRA 31 Pons HP40 Kalex
17 Brad BINDER 41 RSA 29 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
18 Sandro CORTESE 11 GER 18 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
19 Xavier SIMEON 19 BEL 16 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex
20 Yonny HERNANDEZ 68 COL 15 AGR Team Kalex
21 Remy GARDNER 87 AUS 13 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
22 Axel PONS 49 SPA 13 RW Racing GP Kalex
23 Ricard CARDUS 88 SPA 7 Speed Up Racing Speed Up
24 Joe ROBERTS 20 USA 6 AGR Team Kalex
25 Isaac VIñALES 32 SPA 6 Be-A-VIP SAG Team Kalex
26 Jesko RAFFIN 2 SWI 5 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
27 Andrea LOCATELLI 5 ITA 4 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
28 Danny KENT 52 GBR 3 Kiefer Racing Suter
29 Khairul Idham PAWI 89 MAL 2 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
30 Stefano MANZI 62 ITA 1 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex
31 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA 45 JPN 1 Teluru SAG Team Kalex