Canet steals a late pole position from Aldeguer

The Spaniard secured a stunning pole position on the final flying lap ahead of Aldeguer and Garcia

Aron Canet (Fantic Racing) stole pole position in the closing moments of the qualifying – setting a fantastic 2:07.631. The Spaniard took pole position from compatriot Fermin Aldeguer (Beta Tools SpeedUp), who was 0.109 adrift from a Saturday P1 after spending most of the session at the top of the timesheets. Sergio Garcia (MT Helmets – MSI) ended the session in third, claiming an unexpected second front-row start in the Moto2™ class. 

Redemption for Vietti as Aldeguer takes top spot early on

After narrowly missing out in Practice 2, Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) jumped to the top in Q1, rewarding the Italian with a spot in Q2. Jaume Masia (Pertamina Mandalika GAS UP Team), Albert Arenas (QJMOTOR Gresini Racing Moto2™), and Diogo Moreira (Italtrans Racing Team) also progressed to Q2. In the early stages of the second part of qualifying, a handful of riders went to the top, including Canet and Barry Baltus (RW-Idrofoglia Racing GP), before Aldeguer stole the headlines briefly at the top.

Canet leaves it late to snatch pole 

For much of the session it looked like Aldeguer was going to pocket a first pole position of the season, but Canet's late flyer saw the title chase leader earn a Saturday P1 - his second of the campaign. That late attack demoted Aldeguer to P2, with Garcia holding onto a front row to make it two Boscoscuros on the front row. 

Arenas heads the second row of the grid after a fantastic final lap to place the Spaniard in fourth, losing out on a front-row start by just 0.046. Home hero Joe Roberts (OnlyFans American Racing Team) rounded out the top five as the American gets set for a podium push in front of the American fans, as teammate Marcos Ramirez had to settle for P6 after making a mistake coming out of the final corner what looked to be a rapid last lap.

Dennis Foggia (Italtrans Racing Team) starts P7, just over a tenth off Ramirez, with the Italian continuing his strong weekend on Saturday afternoon. Alonso Lopez launches from P8 on the second Beta Tools SpeedUp machine, with Portimao polesitter Manuel Gonzalez (QJMOTOR Gresini Racing Moto2™) rounding out the third row. 2023 Americas GP podium finisher Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika GAS UP Team) completes the top 10. 

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Top 10:

1 Aron Canet (Fantic Racing) 2:07.631
2 Fermin Aldeguer (Beta Tools SpeedUp)  +0.109
3 Sergio Garcia (MT Helmets - MSI)  +0.188
4 Albert Arenas (QJMOTOR Gresini Racing Moto2™) +0.234
5 Joe Roberts (OnlyFans American Racing Team) +0.237
6 Marcos Ramirez (OnlyFans American Racing Team) +0.280
7 Dennis Foggia (Italtrans Racing Team) +0.400
8 Alonso Lopez (Beta Tools SpeedUp) +0.432
9 Manuel Gonzalez (QJMOTOR Gresini Racing Moto2™) +0.443
10 Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika GAS UP Team)  +0.481