Gardner, Raul Fernandez fights in the Moto2 qualifier

Remy Gardner

Raul Fernandez crashed when he qualified as number five, while Remy Gardner will line up in eighth place for a Valencia Moto2 Grand Prix, where the championship will be sealed.

Pole position went instead to veteran Simone Corsi (MV Augusta Forward), who in the front row is joined by Celestino Vietti (Sky VR46) and Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc VDS).

The latter was fastest after the first flyers at 1: 35.828s when the title-fighting Red Bull KTM Ajo duo was involved in some track position games.

Raul Fernandez then jumped to the top of his second flyer with a 1: 35.036s, while Gardner only moved up to eighth at a 1: 35.377s.

Augusto Fernandez with a 1: 35.032s and then Celestino Vietti (Sky VR46) with a 1: 35.005s moved into the makeshift pole just over halfway through the 15-minute qualifying 2-hit-out as the KTM Ajo riders sat in the pitlane .

Corsi then used a slipstream from Augusto Fernandez to snatch first place as he clocked 1: 34.956s as the session moved into the final five minutes.

When Raul Fernandez returned to the circuit for his second race, he stuck in front and crashed with bike # 25 at turn 2 while being fourth fastest.

The Spaniard remounted, but there would be no progress in his personal best lap time, which meant a significant blow as he has to win the race to have any chance of becoming champion.

When he rode back, Gardner moved up to eighth place with 1: 35.117s.

Fabio Di Giannantonio (Federal Oil Gresini) looked like he had denied Corsi when he jumped from sixth to provisional pole at a 1: 34.893s, but the lap would be scrubbed due to a track boundary breach at turn 12.

Augusto Fernandez improved his time, but not his position on each of his last two innings, meaning # 37 was still third as Di Giannantonio had one last crack at the pinching pole.

Raul Fernandez

The Italian could only move from one side of the second row to the other as he went to the fourth fastest.

As such, Poland is Corsis, with Vietti and Augusto Fernandez to start next to, where row 2 is Di Giannantonio from Raul Fernandez and Thomas Luthi (Pertamina Mandalika SAG).

Gardner is between Aron Canet (Inde Aspar) in seventh and Jorge Navarro (Termozeta Speed ​​Up) in ninth in row 3, row 4 consists of Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS) in 10th place and Marco Bezzecchi (Sky VR46) and Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta).

Gardner, whose job is to finish 13th or better in the race to win the crown, admitted: “Today was a tough day for us.

“FP3 did not go as we wanted and the changes we made to the bike yesterday were not perfect.

“However, we went into qualifying with a slightly different set-up, we had a better feeling and we were closer in terms of our pace.

“Tomorrow we hope to have fun, have a good time and finish the race. Thanks again to the team for the work they have done.”

Raul Fernandez remarked: “I’m happy with how the day went, especially with the rhythm we had this morning.

“In the afternoon, in qualifying, I had a crash after feeling a vibration from the bike. Despite this, the day was positive.

“Because tomorrow we have a strong pace and we will fight for a positive result to end the season as it will also be my last competition in Moto2.”

The last race of the season, a 25-lap, starts on Sunday at 22:00 AEDT.

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