2018 Valencia Moto2 and Moto3 Saturday Results

Michael Scott | November 17, 2018

2018 Valencia Moto2 and Moto3 Saturday Results

Moto2

On Saturday Luca Marini (10) qualified on the pole for the Moto2 race in Valenica. (Gold & Goose photo)

Fresh from victory at steamy Sepang, Luca Marini conquered a chilly but dry Moto2 session to take his second pole of the season. But the SKY VR46 Kalex rider was concerned. In the wet yesterday he’d been a struggling 26th, only partly because of lingering pain from his troublesome 2017 shoulder injury.

“I did a good qualifying, but the wet was a disaster,” he said. “Tomorrow the race may be wet – so we need to work to understand the bike.”

He headed a time sheet even closer than usual for the competitive intermediate class, with 21 rides within a second of his time, and the three-strong front row spanning less than two tenths.

Xavi Vierge was second, pushing his Dynavolt Intact Kalex team-mate and erstwhile leader Marcel Schrotter to third.

New champion Pecco Bagnaia led the second row from behind team-mate Marini; with Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40 Kalex) alongside.

But the iffy conditions did shuffle the usual order a bit, with former race winner Sam Lowes (SII KTM) an unusually strong sixth, back from a painful crash in the wet yesterday.

Former Moto3 champion Joan Mir (EG VDS Kalex) led row three from second Pond rider Augusto Fernandez and Speed Up’s Fabio Quarteraro.

Title runner up Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM) completed the top ten, his third-placed team-mate Brad Binder alongside him.

Fourth in the championship will be decided tomorrow between Baldassarri, Alex Marquez, Mir and Marini, covered by 15 points. Marquez (EG VDS Kalex) qualified a downbeat 16th.

Australian Remy Gardner (Tech 3) and American Joe Roberts (NTS) were 17th and 19th, but both had been well up in the wet.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA
Moto2 Qualifying Classification 2018
Cheste, Saturday, November 17, 2018

1 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 257.8 1’35.777
2 97 Xavi VIERGE SPA Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 260.2 1’35.804 0.027 / 0.027
3 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 259.2 1’35.945 0.168 / 0.141
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 257.4 1’36.173 0.396 / 0.228
5 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Pons HP40 Kalex 257.8 1’36.270 0.493 / 0.097
6 22 Sam LOWES GBR Swiss Innovative Investors KTM 257.3 1’36.335 0.558 / 0.065
7 36 Joan MIR SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 258.7 1’36.336 0.559 / 0.001
8 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ SPA Pons HP40 Kalex 260.2 1’36.380 0.603 / 0.044
9 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA HDR Heidrun – Speed Up Speed Up 255.6 1’36.396 0.619 / 0.016
10 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 259.7 1’36.429 0.652 / 0.033
11 41 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 260.2 1’36.464 0.687 / 0.035
12 2 Jesko RAFFIN SWI SAG Team Kalex 256.6 1’36.499 0.722 / 0.035
13 24 Simone CORSI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 256.1 1’36.515 0.738 / 0.016
14 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 261.5 1’36.532 0.755 / 0.017
15 89 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 258.8 1’36.572 0.795 / 0.040
16 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 258.8 1’36.580 0.803 / 0.008
17 87 Remy GARDNER AUS Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 252.0 1’36.595 0.818 / 0.015
18 5 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 258.3 1’36.638 0.861 / 0.043
19 16 Joe ROBERTS USA NTS RW Racing GP NTS 255.0 1’36.656 0.879 / 0.018
20 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 259.8 1’36.667 0.890 / 0.011
21 27 Iker LECUONA SPA Swiss Innovative Investors KTM 255.7 1’36.671 0.894 / 0.004
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL RSA NTS RW Racing GP NTS 258.2 1’36.819 1.042 / 0.148
23 9 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 258.0 1’36.909 1.132 / 0.090
24 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Kiefer Racing KTM 260.0 1’36.976 1.199 / 0.067
25 14 Hector GARZO SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 253.0 1’37.444 1.667 / 0.468
26 66 Niki TUULI FIN Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 257.5 1’37.457 1.680 / 0.013
27 70 Tommaso MARCON ITA HDR Heidrun – Speed Up Speed Up 254.1 1’37.483 1.706 / 0.026
28 21 Federico FULIGNI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 252.3 1’38.351 2.574 / 0.868
29 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Forward Racing Team Suter 254.7 1’38.406 2.629 / 0.055
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS AND Marinelli Snipers Team Kalex 253.9 1’38.718 2.941 / 0.312
31 95 Jules DANILO FRA Nashi Argan SAG Team Kalex 255.9 1’39.275 3.498 / 0.557
32 3 Lukas TULOVIC GER Forward Racing Team Suter 250.6 1’39.600 3.823 / 0.325

Moto3

Atiratphuvapat, Arbolino, McPhee, Valencia Moto3 2018
The Moto3 front row at Valencia with pole winner Tony Arbolino (center), second place Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (left) and third place John McPhee (right). Gold & Goose photo)

With the track drying and the brave fitting slick tyres, Italian Tony Arbolino was the bravest, taking a second pole of his career at the end of thrilling and crash-strewn Moto3 qualifying.

Times were tumbling as the dry line developed, and the names at the top of the list were shuffling as fast as the timing gear could keep up over the last five minutes.

Arbolino (Marinelli Snipers Honda) was one of the first to switch from wet tyres, and had already taken to the top when he went even faster at the end, making his pole invulnerable. The 18-year-old Italian took his first pole in round two in Argentina, in similar half-wet conditions.

Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda Team Asia) was second, for his first front row; with Scot John McPhee (CIP Green Power KTM) slipping into third in the dying seconds.

This pushed GP first-timer Can Oncu, wild-carding on the Red Bull Ajo KTM after winning the Rookies Cup, off the front row. It was still a sensational debut. Oncu topped the sheets earlier, and was just two tenths away from a debut front row.

Aron Canet (EG Honda) was fifth, and Marco Bezzecchi (Redox KTM) sixth, although one of at least ten riders to fall in the tricky conditions. His close rival for second overall, Fabio Di Giannantonio was 15th on row five, and his Del Conca Gresini Honda team-mate Jorge Martin, the 2018 champion, 13th-fastest.

Arbolino’s advantage was almost a quarter of a second, and riders who missed the switch to slicks meant a more widely-space set of times than usual, with the top 20 covered by more than two seconds.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA
Moto3 Qualifying Classification 2018
Cheste, Saturday, November 17, 2018

1 14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 219.0 1’46.773
2 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT THA Honda Team Asia Honda 215.3 1’47.017 0.244 / 0.244
3 17 John MCPHEE GBR CIP – Green Power KTM 215.8 1’47.116 0.343 / 0.099
4 61 Can ONCU TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 214.1 1’47.336 0.563 / 0.220
5 44 Aron CANET SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 215.6 1’47.431 0.658 / 0.095
6 12 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA Redox PruestelGP KTM 215.9 1’47.776 1.003 / 0.345
7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 219.0 1’47.783 1.010 / 0.007
8 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox PruestelGP KTM 217.6 1’47.796 1.023 / 0.013
9 75 Albert ARENAS SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM 215.9 1’47.826 1.053 / 0.030
10 25 Raul FERNANDEZ SPA Angel Nieto Team KTM 213.7 1’47.880 1.107 / 0.054
11 72 Alonso LOPEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 213.0 1’47.896 1.123 / 0.016
12 77 Vicente PEREZ SPA Reale Avintia Academy 77 KTM 215.6 1’48.069 1.296 / 0.173
13 88 Jorge MARTIN SPA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 219.0 1’48.124 1.351 / 0.055
14 33 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Leopard Racing Honda 216.7 1’48.216 1.443 / 0.092
15 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 214.7 1’48.357 1.584 / 0.141
16 5 Jaume MASIA SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 216.6 1’48.435 1.662 / 0.078
17 10 Dennis FOGGIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 220.6 1’48.543 1.770 / 0.108
18 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 216.3 1’48.614 1.841 / 0.071
19 40 Darryn BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 213.3 1’48.772 1.999 / 0.158
20 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA Leopard Racing Honda 218.4 1’48.894 2.121 / 0.122
21 27 Kaito TOBA JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 211.5 1’49.027 2.254 / 0.133
22 22 Kazuki MASAKI JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM 217.2 1’49.469 2.696 / 0.442
23 19 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM 215.4 1’49.696 2.923 / 0.227
24 31 Celestino VIETTI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 215.0 1’49.802 3.029 / 0.106
25 71 Ayumu SASAKI JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 217.2 1’49.980 3.207 / 0.178
26 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 217.0 1’50.011 3.238 / 0.031
27 65 Philipp OETTL GER Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM 214.5 1’50.145 3.372 / 0.134
28 16 Andrea MIGNO ITA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM 216.7 1’51.870 5.097 / 1.725
29 81 Stefano NEPA ITA CIP – Green Power KTM 213.0 1’52.119 5.346 / 0.249
30 26 Izam IKMAL MAL Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 214.8 1’53.093 6.320 / 0.974

 

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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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