MotoGP Phillip Island: Navarro bags pole before rain arrives - Bikesport News

MotoGP Phillip Island: Navarro bags pole before rain arrives

Speed Up’s Jorge Navarro secured his third Moto2 pole position of 2019 after timing his lap perfectly, beating out the rain in Phillip Island.

The Spaniard had been one of a number of riders who managed to post competitive lap times early in the session, with the all of the Q2 participants out early with rain imminent. Marco Bezzecchi was the first fast man and the usual big names started popping up with World Championship leader Alex Marquez joining Luca Marini and Brad Binder posting fastest laps at different stages.

However, half a seconds after Binder had taken the top spot, Navarro put his Speed Up on pole. Orange sectors and personal bests popped up on the timing screens, but with a little over five minutes remaining, the rain started coming down properly and the session was all but over, leaving Navarro and his 1:33.565 on pole.

The Spaniard will be joined on the front row by new MotoGP factory KTM rider Binder and Marini. Navarro’s Speed Up teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio will head off the second row in fourth place, with Jorge Martin in the middle of the second row in fifth place. Sam Lowes had qualified in sixth position; however, a pre-session penalty meant the Brit will be starting from the rear of the grid due to irresponsible riding in free practice, leaving Marquez to round out the second row in sixth position.

Jesko Raffin will start from seventh position with Bezzecchi and MotoGP bound Iker Lecuona joining the Swiss rider on the third row. Tom Luthi will head off the fourth row in tenth position, just ahead of Tetsuta Nagashima and Nico Bulega, who rounds out the fourth row in twelfth place.

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