Moto2 qualifying was dominated by Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex), one of the most experienced riders in the class and a favourite for the 2021 title.
30-year-old Briton was also fastest in free practice. Next to him on tomorrow’s grid will be rookie Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex), the 20-year-old Spaniard making a stunning entry to the intermediate class. Last man on the front row is 22-year-old Dutchman Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team Kalex).
The second row is three of the riders most likely to challenge Lowes for the title: 22-year-old Italian Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex), 23-year-old American Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) and 23-year-old Australian Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex).
As always the Moto2 grid is incredibly closely packed. Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex) was only 1.1 seconds off pole position but the 22-year-old Thai rider will line up 16th tomorrow. His rookie team-mate Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex) just missed moving up from the Q1 session to Q2, so the 20-year-old from Tokyo will start his first Moto2 race from a promising 19th on the grid.