In the Honda-CBR600 powered Moto2 category, Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) scorched to a third pole position of the season thanks to a determined run in the mid-part of a blustery session. The 32-year-old veteran, who will start his 224th Grand Prix tomorrow, suffered a low-speed fall at turn four in the final laps while pushing to better his time. Pasini also claimed pole position last year but hopes for a change of race-day fortune – the last time he made the finish line in a race at Phillip Island was back in 2007!

Moto2 lap times were typically tight, with 0.999 seconds covering the first 16 riders, suggesting a close race lies ahead. Several leading riders struggled, including championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) and closest challenger Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM), who placed 16th and 20th respectively.

It was an excellent afternoon for the Dynavolt Intact squad with both Marcel Schrotter (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) and Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) qualifying on the front row in second and third. Schrotter has placed first or second in all four sessions this weekend, while Vierge’s third place represents his first front-row start since the French Grand Prix in May.

Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing KTM) enjoyed his best qualifying result of the season with the fourth fastest time. The Swiss rider spent the first half of the session on top, before slipping to fourth. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM) shrugged off a high-speed crash at turn seven this morning to place an encouraging fifth. The South African has stood on the podium in each of his past three visits to the Australian track, and was the pace setter here on Friday. Fabio Quartararo (Speed Up Racing Speed Up) was sixth today.

Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) struggled with strength in his left shoulder through free practice, but did well to qualify seventh, ahead of impressive 18-year old Iker Lecuona (Swiss Innovative Investors KTM). Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) was ninth, but suffered a heavy fall soon after setting that time when he collided with Steven Odendaal (RW Racing GP NTS) through Lukey Heights. The former Moto3 World Champion will be assessed tomorrow morning to see if he can compete in the race.

Mattia Pasini

Mattia Pasini 54

1st / 1m 33.368s

“I’m so happy to be back fighting for pole position. We will see tomorrow. Today was a really strange qualifying because there was a lot of wind. Honestly I thought on my last run I could improve my fastest lap time but I braked too late, made a mistake and crashed at turn four. In the end a 1m 33.3 was enough for pole. I’m so happy because we’ve got the rhythm and we’ve worked so well through the weekend. I hope the result can be important to be here next year.”

Italtrans Racing Team
Marcel Schrotter

Marcel Schrotter 23

2nd / 1m 33.624s

“It was a quite good Qualifying. Of course on this track in the beginning you need to try to stay calm and to understand the situation, especially with the wind. Here in the fast corners the wind is very critical and can change a lot. But I felt very good all weekend, especially this morning. At end I am a little bit disappointed not making the pole position. I saw the lap of Mattia and he had a really good slipstream. I had been alone every lap, which made it a bit tough. In my second run I could improve more. Even in the end with a used tire I could do fast lap times again. We did a great job, just missed out the perfect lap in the slipstream. In the last races I always struggled to keep my performance. This can be a reason of the track conditions as we normally have our trainings after MotoGP and the race is before them. So there is no more Michelin rubber on the track. This weekend we have a different schedule and had all sessions ahead of the MotoGP class. So the conditions will remain the same also in the race. Maybe it is better for me. But I don't want to rely on this too much. I hope that it is just this the problem. I have to work on myself to be on point on Sunday in the race and to do the same tomorrow as we did today in qualifying.”

Dynavolt Intact GP
Xavi Vierge

Xavi Vierge 97

3rd / 1m 33.721s

“I'm very happy. Until now we had a really good weekend. Since Le Mans I didn't start from the front row. Also after the injury in Spielberg it was very difficult for me. I needed some time, because I missed two or three races of progress. But finally in Japan I did one-step forward. Now I start again to find the confidence with the bike. Yesterday in FP1 I went out and felt immediately good. We adjusted just two things and then it was perfect. Here the most complicated thing are the weather conditions. Within 20 minutes everything can change. Finally we did a very good job in the Qualifying with a very good rhythm for tomorrow. I think here it will be a big group in the race, because many riders have a good rhythm. But I will try to do my best to fight for the podium tomorrow.”

Dynavolt Intact GP
Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Phillip Island, Australia

Moto2 2018, Round 17

Saturday 27 Oct 2018, 14:51 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Mattia Pasini 54 ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1'33.368
2 Marcel Schrotter 23 GER Dynavolt Intact GP Suter +1'33.624
3 Xavi Vierge 97 SPA Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex +1'33.721
4 Dominique Aegerter 77 SWI Kiefer Racing KTM +1'33.841
5 Brad Binder 41 RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1'33.929
6 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up +1'33.951
7 Luca Marini 10 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex +1'33.963
8 Iker Lecuona 27 SPA Swiss Innovative Investors KTM +1'33.988
9 Alex Marquez 73 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +1'34.007
10 Jesko Raffin 2 SWI Temporary Lavorint SAG Team Kalex +1'34.039
11 Lorenzo Baldassarri 7 ITA Pons HP40 Kalex +1'34.050
12 Jorge Navarro 9 SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex +1'34.086
13 Augusto Fernandez 40 SPA Pons HP40 Kalex +1'34.094
14 Joan Mir 36 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +1'34.149
15 Remy Gardner 87 AUS Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 +1'34.181
16 Francesco Bagnaia 42 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex +1'34.367
17 Stefano Manzi 62 ITA Forward Racing Team Kalex +1'34.413
18 Andrea Locatelli 5 ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex +1'34.491
19 Sam Lowes 22 GBR Swiss Innovative Investors KTM +1'34.540
20 Miguel Oliveira 44 POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1'34.556
21 Tetsuta Nagashima 45 JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +1'34.784
22 Edgar Pons 57 SPA AGR Team Kalex +1'34.844
23 Khairul Idham Pawi 89 MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +1'34.850
24 Joe Roberts 16 USA NTS RW Racing GP NTS +1'34.851
25 Simone Corsi 24 ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex +1'34.934
Rider Standings
Sunday, 21 Oct 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Francesco BAGNAIA 42 ITA 279 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA 44 POR 244 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
3 Brad BINDER 41 RSA 167 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
4 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI 7 ITA 148 Pons HP40 Kalex
5 Alex MARQUEZ 73 SPA 137 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
6 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 136 Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up
7 Joan MIR 36 SPA 128 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
8 Marcel SCHROTTER 23 GER 123 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
9 Mattia PASINI 54 ITA 114 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
10 Luca MARINI 10 ITA 110 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex
11 Xavi VIERGE 97 SPA 109 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex
12 Iker LECUONA 27 SPA 59 Swiss Innovative Investors KTM
13 Jorge NAVARRO 9 SPA 55 Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex
14 Sam LOWES 22 GBR 46 Swiss Innovative Investors KTM
15 Simone CORSI 24 ITA 45 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex
16 Andrea LOCATELLI 5 ITA 41 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
17 Dominique AEGERTER 77 SWI 29 Kiefer Racing KTM
18 Remy GARDNER 87 AUS 28 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
19 Augusto FERNANDEZ 40 SPA 23 Pons HP40 Kalex
20 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA 45 JPN 19 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 Stefano MANZI 62 ITA 8 Forward Racing Team Kalex
24 Danny KENT 52 GBR 8 Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up
25 Isaac VIñALES 32 SPA 7 SAG Team Kalex
26 Joe ROBERTS 16 USA 5 NTS RW Racing GP NTS
27 Bo BENDSNEYDER 64 NDL 3 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
28 Khairul Idham PAWI 89 MAL 2 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
29 Steven ODENDAAL 4 RSA 1 NTS RW Racing GP NTS
30 Niki TUULI 66 FIN 1 Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex
31 Jesko RAFFIN 2 SWI 1 Temporary Lavorint SAG Team Kalex