Rookie Ogura learns the secrets of the story …
However, Ogura always knew this weekend would be much more complicated, as this is his first time on a Moto2 motorcycle at Silverstone, which is a long, fast and complex circuit that doesn’t easily reveal its secrets. And that’s what turned out.
The 20-year-old from Tokyo has spent the last two days learning the circuit and its 18 corners, becoming faster and more competitive with each outing. He finished yesterday morning’s FP1 session 25th fastest, climbed to 16th place overall at the end of FP3 and gained two places in qualifying. This puts him on row five of the grid for his first Moto2 race on this historic British track.
Ogura’s plan is to get off to a good start and start with a fast group on a track where close races are the norm.
Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) will start a line further from his teammate, with high hopes of scoring World Championship points for the fourth race in a row, something the 22-year-old Thai rider has never achieved before. . Chantra raced here in 2019, her rookie Grand Prix season, finishing a fraction of a second out of points.
The pole position goes to the Italian Marco Bezzecchi, 22 (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex), just ahead of the Spaniard Jorge Navarro, 25 (Lightech Speed Up Boscoscuro) and the local hero, 30, Sam Lowes ( Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex). Lap times were generally tight, with only eighths of a second covering the first row of the grid.
World Championship leader Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex) will lead the second row, the 23-year-old Australian just a hundredth of a second faster than his team-mate and title rival, 20-year-old Spaniard Raul Fernandez . (Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex).
The second row of the grid is completed by the winner of the Spanish Grand Prix Fabio Di Giannantonio (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex).
Exceptionally, tomorrow’s Moto2 race will be the last race of the day, at 2:30 p.m. local time.