The home hero claims a dream pole position in Moto2 ™ as Vietti arrives from Q1 to take second position
An American, riding an American team, in America, on pole. Sounds good, right? He certainly does it for Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) who took a dream pole position in Moto2 ™ at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas by 0.3 seconds over world championship leader Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team), who arrived in Q1 to start in the front row. Aron Canet (Flexbox HP40), despite a late crash, will start together with his rival for the title in P3.
Vietti safely negotiates Q1
After finishing free practice in 15th place, Vietti had to fight in Q1. The Italian did not pass the first part of qualifying, recognition that went to Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team), but Vietti managed to conquer the pole position together with Dutch Marcos Ramirez (MV Agusta Forward Racing) and Jeremy Alcoba (GP Intact Liqui Moly).
American beauty – Beaubier delights the home crowd
And after the first set of laps was thrown into the hat in Q2, it was Vietti who led the way with a 2: 09.091. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) crashed unhurt at turn 17, taking out the red flags, while Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) then crashed unscathed at turn 8. Neither driver had set a time. Ogura, who was P3, was the third driver to fall unscathed. The Japanese driver crashed at the exit of Turn 11, more yellow flags were shown, which meant more laps would be canceled.
All eyes then turned to Beaubier. Three red splits went on the path of the home hero and crossing the finish line, Beaubier went on provisional pole by 0.3 seconds, but Aron Canet (Flexbox HP40) was in the sprint. Turn 17, however, caught the Spaniard. Canet’s front end was blown away, taking out the yellow flags, but he wasn’t finished yet and dusted off with a couple of minutes left.
Fermin Aldeguer (MB Conveyors Speed Up) and Arbolino were threatening but neither of them would have come close to Beaubier’s time, and that’s it: the second American year was on pole for the Grand Prix of the Americas.
The first 10 qualifiers in Austin
Arbolino managed to recover from that initial crash to claim P4 in his last lap, the Italian will start together with the Shimoko GASGAS Aspar Team paired with Albert Arenas and Jake Dixon. Jorge Navarro (Flexbox HP40) risks a penalty on the long lap in Sunday’s race for falling under the yellow flag in FP3, the Spaniard starts seventh, ahead of Aldeguer, Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) and Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo).
Will Beaubier be able to convert a phenomenal pole position in his home GP into victory? Find out when the Moto2 ™ race turns green at 11:20 local time (GMT-5).
1. Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) – 2: 08.751
2. Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) + 0.340
3. Aron Canet (Flexbox HP40) + 0.532
4. Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 0.578
5. Albert Arenas (Shimoko GASGAS Aspar Team) + 0.607
6. Jake Dixon (Shimoko GASGAS Aspar Team) + 0.683
7. Jorge Navarro (Flexbox HP40) + 0.711
8. Fermin Aldeguer (speed of MB conveyors) + 0.863
9. Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 1.149
10. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Garlic) + 1.174