The Italian snatched pole position from under the nose of Acosta as Salac bagged the final front-row spot
Moto2™ Q2 saw the Celestino Vietti (Fantic Racing) of old as the Italian stole pole position away from wonder-kid Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo). The Spaniard will start Sunday’s race from the middle of the front row as Filip Salac (QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2) bagged himself the final front-row spot in P3.
It was oh-so-close in Moto2™ Q1 as honours went to Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) who pipped Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) to the top spot by 0.011s, with Fermin Aldeguer (BETA Tools SpeedUp) just 0.001s away from the Thai rider in P3. The Spaniard’s teammate Alonso Lopez (BETA Tools SpeedUp) took the final Q2 spot bagging P4 in Q1.
Q2 got underway and it was Salac who set the benchmark on the first run and led the way ahead of Vietti and Bendsneyder. It was an unfortunate early end to the session for Barry Baltus (Fieten Olie Racing GP) who retired from the session with a technical issue. After showing strong form all weekend, it was heartbreak in the Fieten Olie Racing GP garage as the Belgian rider watched from the sidelines and battered down the order from P7 to P12.
The riders headed out for their 2nd run and it was time to get the hammer down. Strong laps came in from Jake Dixon (GASGAS Aspar Team) and Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team), but it was the flying Pedro Acosta who stormed to the top of the pile and pushed Salac down to P2. Just over a minute remaining and Dixon was on a flyer but a moment from Ai Ogura (IDEMISTU Honda Team Asia) who was right infront of Brit halted his progress as he consolidated P6.
Meanwhile Vietti was on a flyer and put in the perfect final sector to push Acosta off the top spot and take pole. With Salac pushed down to P3 Bendsneyder was demoted to the front of the 2nd row and will be joined by Lopez and Dixon.
The Moto2™ riders’ attention now turns to the race on Sunday, make sure not to miss any of the action as it commences at 12:15 local time (GMT -5).
1. Celestino Vietti (Fantic Racing) – 2:09.432
2. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.020
3. Filip Salac (Gresini Racing Moto2™) + 0.116
4. Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) + 0.157
5. Alonso Lopez (Speed Up Racing) + 0.319
6. Jake Dixon (GASGAS Aspar Team) + 0.320
7. Aron Canet (Pons Wegow Los40) + 0.383
8. Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 0.430
9. Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team) + 0.495
10. Jeremy Alcoba (Gresini Racing Moto2™) + 0.564