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Qatar Moto2, Lusail Qualifying | Canet eyes first Moto2 win as he shakes things up with 'Magic 8' pole

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Aron Canet will start the opening round of the 2024 Moto2 World Championship from pole position after translating his searing pace from Practice through to a dominant showing in Qatar Moto2 qualifying.

An eighth career Moto2 pole position for Canet, it nonetheless comes in his first race meeting with the Fantic Racing squad as he heads into Sunday’s race encounter bidding to tick off his long-awaited first Moto2 win at the start of his fifth season in the intermediate category.

It was an assured showing from Canet, who fended off the attentions of Alonso Lopez to secure the top spot, the two Spaniards earmarked themselves as the only riders to dip below 1m 57secs.


It remained fairly close throughout though with just one second covering the 17 of the 18 riders taking part in Q2.

Despite this, the order was somewhat more shaken up than anticipated with Albert Arenas putting in a stellar showing to complete the all-Spanish front row on the QJMotor Gresini Kalex. The former KTM Ajo rider had been forced to book his Q2 spot via Q1 but after topping the earlier session comfortably, Arenas used it as a warm-up for an even more impressive performance in the pole-deciding session.

A strong evening for Gresini Racing all-round, Arenas’ team-mate Manuel Gonzalez used his final flying lap to slot in behind his countryman in fourth, just +0.002s shy of the front row.

Behind him, 2023 Moto2 runner-up Tony Arbolino delivered one of his strongest qualifying performances in recent months with a solid fifth on the grid, while Barry Baltus joined Arenas in making the most of getting in the groove during Q1 to secure one of his career-best starts in sixth.

The Belgian’s efforts went a long way to making up for RW Racing team-mate Zonta van den Goorbergh’s frustrating tumble at the final corner mid-way through the session. The Dutchman proved one of the star turns during Practice, only to fall while on a lap that would have likely placed him on the front two rows too. Even so, despite missing the final six minutes, he still starts tenth.

Title favourite Fermin Aldeguer failed to string a strong lap together to give himself work to do in seventh place, a third row he shares with Marcos Ramirez on the best of the American Racing machines and Izan Guevara, who secured his first top ten start in ninth.

Guevara’s upturn in form would raise the spirits of the CFMoto Aspar Team following the confirmation that Jake Dixon - who was expected to challenge for the win - was declared unfit following his P2 accident.

🇶🇦 ⏱️ 2024 Qatar Moto2 Lusail | Qualifying Results

Saturday | Conditions - Dry
🇶🇦 ⏱️ 2024 Qatar Moto2 Results | Lusail International Circuit, Qatar | Qualifying Results
Pos.NameNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1Aron Canet🇪🇦Fantic RacingKalex1m 56.788
2Alonso Lopez🇪🇦Sync SpeedUpBoscoscuro1m 56.890
3Albert Arenas🇪🇦QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2 TeamKalex1m 57.025
4Manuel Gonzalez🇪🇦QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2 TeamKalex1m 57.027
5Tony Arbolino🇮🇹Elf Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex1m 57.214
6Barry Baltus🇧🇪RW-Idofoglia Racing GPKalex1m 57.336
7Fermin Aldeguer🇪🇦Sync SpeedUpBoscoscuro1m 57.362
8Marcos Ramirez🇪🇦OnlyFans American Racing TeamKalex1m 57.396
9Izan Guevara🇪🇦CFMoto Aspar TeamKalex1m 57.463
10Zonta van den Goorbergh🇳🇱RW-Idofoglia Racing GPKalex1m 57.579
11Darryn Binder🇿🇦Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 57.584
12Jeremy Alcoba🇫🇷Yamaha VR46 MasterCamp TeamKalex1m 57.610
13Ai Ogura🇯🇵MT Helmets - MSIBoscoscuro1m 57.690
14Joe Roberts🇺🇲OnlyFans American Racing TeamKalex1m 57.720
15Somkiat Chantra🇹🇭Idemitsu Honda Team AsiaKalex1m 57.762
16Celestino Vietti🇮🇹Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 57.777
17Bo Bendsneyder🇳🇱Pertamina Mandalika GasUp TeamKalex1m 57.795
18Sergio Garcia🇪🇦MT Helmets - MSIBoscoscuro1m 58.618
19Filip Salac🇨🇿Elf Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex1m 57.982
20Deniz Oncu🇹🇷Red Bull KTM AjoKalex1m 58.004
21Senna Agius🇦🇺Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GPKalex1m 58.345
22Jaume Masia🇪🇦Pertamina Mandalika GasUp TeamKalex1m 58.412
23Dennis Foggia🇮🇹Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 58.464
24Alex Escrig🇪🇦KLINT Forward Factory TeamForward1m 58.493
25Ayumu Sasaki🇯🇵Yamaha VR46 MasterCamp TeamKalex1m 58.654
26Diogo Moreira🇧🇷Italtrans Racing TeamKalex1m 58.817
27Xavi Cardelus🇦🇩Fantic RacingKalex1m 59.191
28Mario Aji🇮🇩Idemitsu Honda Team AsiaKalex1m 59.388
29Xavier Artigas🇪🇦KLINT Forward Factory TeamForward2m 01.328
30Jake Dixon🇬🇧CFMoto Aspar TeamKalexNo Time

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