Italtrans Racing’s Joe Roberts and American Racing’s Cameron Beaubier will start from the seventh and ninth rows, respectively, in tomorrow’s Dutch Moto2 Grand Prix after a difficult day of qualifying for the two Americans. Petronas Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff, meanwhile, will start on the eighth row for his MotoGP debut tomorrow at the Assen circuit.
Roberts’ best lap was a 1:37.041 for the 19th best time, six spots better than Beaubier and his 1:37.261.
Gerloff broke into the 1:33s with a 1:33.739 and that put him 22nd on the grid for tomorrow’s Dutch MotoGP.
“I’m a little frustrated because I think I could have put my sectors together better across one lap and I didn’t do that, but it’s not too bad,” Gerloff said in a team release. “Every time I go out, I’m trying to learn something new and get used to the bike more. The team has been amazing, we’ve been making really good progress every time I’m out on track and the bike is feeling even more comfortable than it did. In the beginning it was very different from what I was expecting but we’re working in a good way. It would have been nice to be higher on the grid, but I’m doing the best that I can. My goal was to keep improving and so far I’ve done that. Tomorrow I’m hoping I can ride with someone and see their lines, learn some things and maybe make a couple of passes – that would be really good.”