2018 Thailand Moto2 and Moto3 Saturday Results

Michael Scott | October 6, 2018

2018 Thailand Moto2 and Moto3 Saturday Results

Moto2

Baldassarri, Thailand Moto2 pole winner 2018 (Gold & Goose photo)

Ultra-close times in a hard-fought Moto2 session put no less than 19 riders inside just over half-a-second, with positions decided by mere hundredths.

Less than three hundredths, for pole position, set for a second time this season by Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40 Kalex), early in a session in which, unusually for the middle class, most riders kept getting quicker.

It was just good enough to survive a late assault by Luca Marini (SK VR46 Kalex); then in the dying seconds Alex Marquez (EG-VDS Kalex) slipped in between to the middle of the front row.

This foiled yesterday’s leader Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Kalex), who slipped off on his own attempt at pole, but heads row two.

Alongside him, the two title rivals, with Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM) a tantalising two thousandths quicker than points leader Pecco Bagnaia (SKY VR46 Kalex.

Aragon winner Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) heads row three from Catalunya winner Fabio Quartararo (Speed Up) and second Team Pons rider Augusto Fernandez. Fancied runners Schrotter, Mir and Lecuona are right behind.

Australian Remy Gardner (Tech 3) is 19th, 0.559 off pole; American Joe Roberts (NTS) a close 22nd.

PTT THAILAND GRAND PRIX
Moto2 Qualifying Classification 2018
Buriram, Saturday, October 06, 2018

1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Pons HP40 Kalex 267.3 1’36.374
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 269.3 1’36.400 0.026 / 0.026
3 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 269.4 1’36.408 0.034 / 0.008
4 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 267.7 1’36.527 0.153 / 0.119
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 268.7 1’36.529 0.155 / 0.002
6 42 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 271.2 1’36.531 0.157 / 0.002
7 41 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 265.6 1’36.545 0.171 / 0.014
8 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA MB Conveyors – Speed Up Speed Up 265.8 1’36.589 0.215 / 0.044
9 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ SPA Pons HP40 Kalex 267.3 1’36.661 0.287 / 0.072
10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 266.7 1’36.689 0.315 / 0.028
11 36 Joan MIR SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 267.3 1’36.744 0.370 / 0.055
12 27 Iker LECUONA SPA Swiss Innovative Investors KTM 270.3 1’36.797 0.423 / 0.053
13 24 Simone CORSI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 267.5 1’36.865 0.491 / 0.068
14 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Kiefer Racing KTM 265.7 1’36.867 0.493 / 0.002
15 22 Sam LOWES GBR Swiss Innovative Investors KTM 267.8 1’36.877 0.503 / 0.010
16 5 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 267.9 1’36.878 0.504 / 0.001
17 9 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 267.7 1’36.894 0.520 / 0.016
18 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 269.5 1’36.898 0.524 / 0.004
19 87 Remy GARDNER AUS Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 266.7 1’36.933 0.559 / 0.035
20 97 Xavi VIERGE SPA Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 266.9 1’37.069 0.695 / 0.136
21 4 Steven ODENDAAL RSA NTS RW Racing GP NTS 266.6 1’37.287 0.913 / 0.218
22 16 Joe ROBERTS USA NTS RW Racing GP NTS 263.0 1’37.432 1.058 / 0.145
23 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 263.8 1’37.474 1.100 / 0.042
24 89 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 268.6 1’37.537 1.163 / 0.063
25 57 Edgar PONS SPA MB Conveyors – Speed Up Speed Up 264.5 1’37.588 1.214 / 0.051
26 99 Thitipong WAROKORN THA SAG Team Kalex 264.7 1’37.673 1.299 / 0.085
27 62 Stefano MANZI ITA Forward Racing Team Suter 266.7 1’37.686 1.312 / 0.013
28 66 Niki TUULI FIN Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 264.4 1’37.722 1.348 / 0.036
29 18 Xavi CARDELUS AND Marinelli Snipers Team Kalex 267.5 1’37.997 1.623 / 0.275
30 95 Jules DANILO FRA Nashi Argan SAG Team Kalex 263.6 1’38.260 1.886 / 0.263
31 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Forward Racing Team Suter 265.7 1’38.622 2.248 / 0.362
32 21 Federico FULIGNI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 260.8 1’38.772 2.398 / 0.150

Moto3

Masia, Bezzecchi, Masaki, Moto3, Thailand MotoGP 2018
Masia, Bezzecchi, Masaki, Moto3 front row, Thailand MotoGP 2018. (Gold & Goose photo)

Times were close also in Moto3 – but only for those pursuing pole qualifier Marco Bezzecchi (Redox KTM). The Italian erstwhile championship leader was all but half a second clear of Spanish teenager Jaume Masia (Bester Capital KTM); but from him to 24th was covered by one second.

It was Bezzecchi’s second pole of the year, and once again taking profit from his main title rival Jorge Martin’s problem. The Spanish Del Conca Honda rider was suffering from a recurrence of left wrist problems, an oblique legacy of the crash back at Brno that cost him the title lead to Bezzecchi after the summer break.

With Kazuki Masaki (RBA KTM) third on an all-KTM front row; and Toni Arbolino (Marinelli Honda), Nico Antonelli (SIC58 Honda) and a best-this-year Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM) filling row two, Martin was mired on the fifth row, 13th fastest.

He blamed a medical mishap that had caused debilitating inflammation. “Yesterday the Clinica touched a nerve that shouldn’t have been touched. I cannot open my hand now, so I can’t change gears as I’d like to. If it does not improve I might have to sit out the race,” said a dismayed Martin.

He currently leads Bezzecchi by just 13 points.

PTT THAILAND GRAND PRIX
Moto3 Qualifying Classification 2018
Buriram, Saturday, October 06, 2018

1 12 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA Redox PruestelGP KTM 225.8 1’42.235
2 5 Jaume MASIA SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 231.0 1’42.697 0.462 / 0.462
3 22 Kazuki MASAKI JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM 227.4 1’42.716 0.481 / 0.019
4 14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 229.2 1’42.720 0.485 / 0.004
5 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 233.1 1’42.776 0.541 / 0.056
6 40 Darryn BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 229.4 1’42.799 0.564 / 0.023
7 8 Nicolo BULEGA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 229.4 1’42.815 0.580 / 0.016
8 33 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Leopard Racing Honda 228.8 1’42.818 0.583 / 0.003
9 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 226.7 1’42.831 0.596 / 0.013
10 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA Leopard Racing Honda 232.0 1’42.835 0.600 / 0.004
11 71 Ayumu SASAKI JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 229.2 1’42.942 0.707 / 0.107
12 77 Vicente PEREZ SPA Reale Avintia Academy 77 KTM 228.4 1’42.961 0.726 / 0.019
13 88 Jorge MARTIN SPA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 226.9 1’43.042 0.807 / 0.081
14 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 230.6 1’43.058 0.823 / 0.016
15 9 Apiwath WONGTHANANON THA VR46 Master Camp Team KTM 228.1 1’43.071 0.836 / 0.013
16 42 Marcos RAMIREZ SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 231.4 1’43.114 0.879 / 0.043
17 75 Albert ARENAS SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM 227.7 1’43.131 0.896 / 0.017
18 65 Philipp OETTL GER Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM 230.6 1’43.133 0.898 / 0.002
19 17 John MCPHEE GBR CIP – Green Power KTM 226.1 1’43.179 0.944 / 0.046
20 19 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM 232.1 1’43.204 0.969 / 0.025
21 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT THA Honda Team Asia Honda 229.4 1’43.365 1.130 / 0.161
22 7 Adam NORRODIN MAL Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 228.1 1’43.399 1.164 / 0.034
23 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox PruestelGP KTM 227.9 1’43.424 1.189 / 0.025
24 35 Somkiat CHANTRA THA AP Honda Racing Thailand Honda 227.4 1’43.437 1.202 / 0.013
25 10 Dennis FOGGIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 227.2 1’43.723 1.488 / 0.286
26 27 Kaito TOBA JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 229.7 1’43.738 1.503 / 0.015
27 81 Stefano NEPA ITA CIP – Green Power KTM 225.7 1’43.929 1.694 / 0.191
28 16 Andrea MIGNO ITA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM 226.8 1’43.964 1.729 / 0.035
29 52 Jeremy ALCOBA SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 227.2 1’43.972 1.737 / 0.008
30 72 Alonso LOPEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 225.6 1’44.767 2.532 / 0.795

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Michael Scott | MotoGP Editor Scott has been covering MotoGP since long before it was MotoGP. Remember two-strokes? Scott does. He’s also a best-selling author of biographies on the lives of legendary racers such as Wayne Rainey and Barry Sheene.

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