Sport Pasini beats Morbidelli to Red Bull ring pole

19:51  12 august  2017
19:51  12 august  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Morbidelli leads Marc VDS one-two at the Red Bull Ring

  Morbidelli leads Marc VDS one-two at the Red Bull Ring Franco Morbidelli led home team-mate Alex Marquez at the Austrian Grand Prix for Marc VDS’ first one-two in the Moto2 class since 2014. Morbidelli’s dominant victory edges his tally to seven this season and puts him 26 points clear of Tom Luthi in the standings ahead of the British Grand Prix. The Italian nailed his launch off the line from second on the grid to take the lead into the first corner, with Luthi making his way through from fifth to second by the end of the opening lap. For the next handful of tours, Morbidelli led Luthi, with Marquez and polesitter Mattia Pasini all line astern. Luthi attempted to take the lead on lap four at Turn 3, but ran wide and allowed Marquez into second. The Swiss rider made a similar error on a number of occasions at the same corner, which allowed Morbidelli to remain in control at the front. With eight laps to go, Marquez made a lunge for the lead, but ran wide and allowed Luthi to finally secure second. Luthi lined up Morbidelli into the third corner in the closing stages, but ran wide once again, Marquez not needing a second invitation to retake second. By now, Morbidelli had opened his lead up to almost a second, while behind him KTM’s Miguel Oliveira set fastest lap after fastest lap as he chased down the podium. The Portuguese rider was right on the tail of Luthi with five laps to go when he suffered a heavy fall at the fast Turn 8.

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Mattia Pasini took pole position at the Red Bull ring, beating out Franco Morbidelli by the narrowest of margins.

Pasini took pole by a single thousandth of a second, narrowly faster than his fellow countryman. Morbidelli’s teammate Alex Marquez will join him on the front row, starting from third place.

Francesco Bagnaia will head the second row, alongside Tom Luthi. Championship contender Luthi will be disappointed to not be on the front row, especially after impressing through practice.

Fabio Quartararo will be the final rider on the second row in sixth place. Isaac Vinales continued his great weekend by ending qualifying in seventh, ahead of Miguel Oliveria.

Xavi Vierge took ninth place, whilst Sandro Cortese finished in tenth. Jorge Navarro made a great save to avoid crashing during qualifying and ended the session in eleventh place. Hafizh Syharin will start from twelfth place.

The Moto2 race will start at 11:20 BST from the Red Bull ring.

Alex Marquez tops timesheets in Brno FP3 .
Marc VDS’ Alex Marquez ended the final free practice session on top, pipping teammate Franco Morbdelli to first place. The Spaniard recovered from a poor Friday showing to take first place ahead of qualifying. Morbidelli was second, the Italian also recovering from poor Friday pace. Francesco Bagnaia was third, the Italian putting in a good showing. Simone Corsi was fourth on the Speed Up, with Sandro Cortese ending up fifth. Tom Luthi was sixth, with FP2 leader Mattia Pasini finishing practice in seventh position. Dominique Aegerter finished in eighth, with Isaac Vinales and Takaaki Nakagami rounding out the top ten in ninth and tenth respectively. Miguel Oliveria, who led FP1, finished down in eleventh, with Luca Marini and Hafizh Syahrin finishing in twelfth and thirteenth place respectively. Qualifying will get underway later today, with the riders fighting it out to take pole position for tomorrow’s race. It gets underway at 14:05 BST.

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