Tomorrow’s Moto2 race is another historic moment for Honda, the last race in which the class will use Honda CBR600 engines. Honda has supplied CBR600 engines since the category’s inaugural 2010 season. Since then the engines have covered a remarkable 2.8 million kilometers (1.7 million miles), enough for more than three return trips to the moon!

The man who will start this milestone race from pole position is Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex), half brother of seven-times MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi. Marini is on fine form at the moment – he won his first Grand Prix victory in Malaysia. However, he is concerned about the weather forecast, with more rain expected tomorrow, because although he was fastest in dry qualifying, he had a much more difficult time in wet practice.

The 21-year-old Italian will be joined on the front row by 21-year-old Spaniard Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) and 25-year-old German Marcel Schrotter (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex). The trio are separated by just 0.168 seconds.

The session was as closely fought as always, largely thanks to the equalising performance of the identically prepared CBR600 engines, with less than a second covering the fastest 21 qualifiers.

Twenty-one-year-old Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex), who made sure of the world title in Malaysia, was fourth fastest, just ahead of compatriot Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40 Kalex) and Briton Sam Lowes (Swiss Innovative Investors KTM).

Rookie of the year and 2017 Moto3 World Champion Joan Mir (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) leads the third row ahead of eighth-quickest Augusto Fernandez (Pons HP40 Kalex) and ninth-quickest Fabio Quartararo (HDR Heidrun – Speed Up Speed Up).

The top ten is completed by World Championship runner-up and Valencia 2017 Moto2 winner Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM), who ended the day just ahead of team-mate Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM).

Luca Marini

Luca Marini 10

I am very happy with my second pole of the year but I really didn’t expect it, because we had had a bit of a disaster in most of the wet sessions. They say it may rain again for the race, which means we must work hard from now in order to improve the bike for wet conditions. The good thing is that we are moving in a good way and I am enjoying riding a lot.

SKY Racing Team VR46
Xavi Vierge

Xavi Vierge 97

We have been fast here in all the different weather conditions, so I feel super good and we are ready whatever the weather brings tomorrow. I can’t control the weather, so I’m not even thinking about it at the moment. I will wake up tomorrow and then we will see!

Dynavolt Intact GP
Marcel Schrotter

Marcel Schrotter 23

I am very happy with this front row, especially after all the wet practice sessions, because I was missing a good feeling in the rain. Then qualifying was our first dry session of the weekend, so it wasn’t easy to readjust to riding on a dry track. I just concentrated my hardest and tried to do my best dry-track riding. This is a tight circuit and there was a lot of traffic, so I just pushed, pushed and pushed!

Dynavolt Intact GP
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Moto2 2018, Round 19

Cloudy / 17
Saturday 17 Nov 2018, 15:26 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 17°C
  • Humidity: 79%
  • Ground Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Luca Marini 10 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 1'35.777
2 Xavi Vierge 97 SPA Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 1'35.804
3 Marcel Schrotter 23 GER Dynavolt Intact GP Suter 1'35.945
4 Francesco Bagnaia 42 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 1'36.173
5 Lorenzo Baldassarri 7 ITA Pons HP40 Kalex 1'36.270
6 Sam Lowes 22 GBR Swiss Innovative Investors KTM 1'36.335
7 Joan Mir 36 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 1'36.336
8 Augusto Fernandez 40 SPA Pons HP40 Kalex 1'36.380
9 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up 1'36.396
10 Miguel Oliveira 44 POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 1'36.429
11 Brad Binder 41 RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 1'36.464
12 Jesko Raffin 2 SWI Temporary Lavorint SAG Team Kalex 1'36.499
13 Simone Corsi 24 ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 1'36.515
14 Mattia Pasini 54 ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1'36.532
15 Khairul Idham Pawi 89 MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 1'36.572
16 Alex Marquez 73 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 1'36.580
17 Remy Gardner 87 AUS Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 1'36.595
18 Andrea Locatelli 5 ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1'36.638
19 Joe Roberts 16 USA NTS RW Racing GP NTS 1'36.656
20 Tetsuta Nagashima 45 JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 1'36.667
21 Iker Lecuona 27 SPA Swiss Innovative Investors KTM 1'36.671
22 Steven Odendaal 4 RSA NTS RW Racing GP NTS 1'36.819
23 Jorge Navarro 9 SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1'36.909
24 Dominique Aegerter 77 SWI Kiefer Racing KTM 1'36.976
25 Hector Garzo 14 SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 1'37.444
26 Niki Tuuli 66 FIN Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 1'37.457
27 Tommaso Marcon 70 ITA Speed Up Racing Speed Up 1'37.483
28 Federico Fuligni 21 ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 1'38.351
29 Isaac Viñales 32 SPA SAG Team Kalex 1'38.406
30 Xavi Cardelus 18 AND Team Stylobike Kalex 1'38.718
31 Jules Danilo 95 FRA SAG Team Kalex 1'39.275
32 Lukas Tulovic 3 GER Forward Racing Team Suter 1'39.600
Rider Standings
Sunday, 4 Nov 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Francesco BAGNAIA 42 ITA 299 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA 44 POR 269 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
3 Brad BINDER 41 RSA 200 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
4 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI 7 ITA 158 Pons HP40 Kalex
5 Alex MARQUEZ 73 SPA 155 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
6 Joan MIR 36 SPA 154 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
7 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 153 Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up
8 Luca MARINI 10 ITA 146 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex
9 Marcel SCHROTTER 23 GER 137 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
10 Xavi VIERGE 97 SPA 130 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex
11 Mattia PASINI 54 ITA 127 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
12 Iker LECUONA 27 SPA 59 Swiss Innovative Investors KTM
13 Jorge NAVARRO 9 SPA 58 Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex
14 Sam LOWES 22 GBR 49 Swiss Innovative Investors KTM
15 Andrea LOCATELLI 5 ITA 45 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
16 Simone CORSI 24 ITA 45 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex
17 Dominique AEGERTER 77 SWI 41 Kiefer Racing KTM
18 Augusto FERNANDEZ 40 SPA 36 Pons HP40 Kalex
19 Remy GARDNER 87 AUS 28 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
20 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA 45 JPN 22 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
21 Romano FENATI 13 ITA 14 Marinelli Snipers Team Kalex
22 Hector BARBERA 40 SPA 10 Pons HP40 Kalex
23 Jesko RAFFIN 2 SWI 9 Temporary Lavorint SAG Team Kalex
24 Stefano MANZI 62 ITA 8 Forward Racing Team Kalex
25 Danny KENT 52 GBR 8 Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up
26 Isaac VIñALES 32 SPA 7 SAG Team Kalex
27 Joe ROBERTS 16 USA 5 NTS RW Racing GP NTS
28 Bo BENDSNEYDER 64 NDL 3 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
29 Khairul Idham PAWI 89 MAL 2 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
30 Steven ODENDAAL 4 RSA 1 NTS RW Racing GP NTS
31 Edgar PONS 57 SPA 1 AGR Team Kalex
32 Niki TUULI 66 FIN 1 Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex