The australian pilot Remy Gardner (Kalex) took pole for the race this Saturday Moto2 of the Grand Prix of Portugal, last round of the Motorcycle World Championship, while the World Championship leader, the Italian Enea Bastianini (Kalex), will start fourth in his goal of being champion.
Like Moto3, the intermediate displacement has yet to settle his champion, a title for which four candidates are running, three Italians and one British. Bastianini, with 194 points; Sam Lowes (Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS), with 180; Luca Marini (Kalex), with 176; and Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex), with 171, have options to sign what would be their first championship for all.
None of the four missed their appointment with Q2, in which Bastianini was the great beneficiary; only Marini, who will start second from the front row, qualified better than the one from Rimini. In search of the machado, Lowes will start on the same grid line as the leader, fifth, while Bezzecchi will have to come back from the twelfth position if he wants to have any option.
In the final round, after a first benchmark time of Augusto Fernandez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Marini and Lowes appeared to take the lead and show their intentions for Sunday’s race in Portimao.
A little over two minutes to the checkered flag, the brother of Portuguese Valentino Rossi, who had already established the Australian Remy Gardner (Kalex) in the morning, and the pain in his wrist made the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider choose to settle for his position.
It was precisely the ocean that was responsible for displacing Marini from the highest; he flew on his penultimate lap to regain his honor and seal his second pole of the course. Joining him will be Marini and his compatriot Fabio Di Giannantonio (Speed Up), second and third respectively.
In the fight for the ‘rookie’ of the year, Héctor Garzó (Kalex), second last weekend in Cheste, he will start eleventh, while Arón Canet (Speed Up), who suffered a severe crash early in the session, will start fifteenth.
As for the rest of Spaniards, Jorge Martín (Kalex), in his last Moto2 race before his promotion to MotoGP in 2021, will start sixth, and Augusto Fernández (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) will start eighth, just ahead of Marcos Ramírez (Kalex); Xavi Vierge (Kalex) and Jorge Navarro (Speed Up) will start thirteenth and fourteenth respectively and Edgar Pons (Kalex) twenty-third.
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