Qatar Moto2: Roberts breaks lap record in practice

Lewis Duncan
motorsport.com

As with Moto3, because the Moto2 class was already present in Qatar for a pre-season test it will race on this weekend, while the MotoGP grand prix is cancelled as a result of quarantine restrictions on Italian travellers.

The opening session was topped by ex-Marc VDS MotoGP rider Tom Luthi aboard the Intact GP Kalex.

The Swiss rider edged 2018 Moto3 champion Jorge Martin, whose team Ajo Motorsport has switched chassis manufacturer to Kalex this season after KTM ended its intermediate class programme to focus on MotoGP and Moto3.

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Moto2 rookie Aron Canet completed the top three at the end of an impressive session on the Aspar Speed Up, with Augusto Fernandez (Pons Kalex) and Roberts rounding out the top five.

Xavi Vierge (Petronas Kalex), Speed Up’s Jorge Navarro and last year’s Qatar winner Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons) all suffered crashes in FP1.

The second session, run under floodlights, was littered with crashes, with FP1 pacesetter Luthi getting flicked from his bike at Turn 12 early on. 

His Intact GP team got his bike repaired and the Swiss rider back on track late on, for him to go down again at Turn 2 and end the day clinging onto a direct Q2 qualifying place in 11th on the combined times by virtue of his FP1 lap. 

Fernandez held top spot for a while in the second session, though he too took a trip into the gravel trap when he tucked the front of his bike at Turn 5.

Moments later, Remy Gardner was launched from his SAG Kalex and hit the deck heavily. Mercifully, he was able to walk away unscathed. 

Valentino Rossi protege Luca Marini took over top spot in the dying stages with a 1m58.759s on his VR46 Kalex.

But his time at the head of the pack was short lived, as Roberts dipped underneath the outright lap record with a 1m58.421s to end the first Moto2 running of the decade 0.248s clear of the second VR46 machine of Marco Bezzecchi. 

Marini held onto third ahead of Ajo's Tetsuta Nagashima, Vierge, Fernandez, RW Racing’s Bo Bendsneyder, Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Kalex), Nicolo Bulega (Gresini Kalex) and Martin.

Marc VDS rider Sam Lowes missed the test at Qatar last week owing to an injury he picked up at Jerez last month, but was declared fit to ride on Friday and managed 20th on the combined times with a 1m59.641s.

FP2 results:

1

16

United States
United States

Joe Roberts

Kalex

1'58.421

 

2

72

Italy
Italy

Marco Bezzecchi

Kalex

1'58.669

0.248

3

10

Italy
Italy

Luca Marini

Kalex

1'58.759

0.338

4

45

Japan
Japan

Tetsuta Nagashima

Kalex

1'58.921

0.500

5

97

Spain
Spain

Xavi Vierge

Kalex

1'59.059

0.638

6

37

Spain
Spain

Augusto Fernandez

Kalex

1'59.074

0.653

7

64

Netherlands
Netherlands

Bo Bendsneyder

NTS

1'59.089

0.668

8

33

Italy
Italy

Enea Bastianini

Kalex

1'59.114

0.693

9

11

Italy
Italy

Nicolo Bulega

Kalex

1'59.136

0.715

10

88

Spain
Spain

Jorge Martin

Kalex

1'59.148

0.727

11

9

Spain
Spain

Jorge Navarro

Speed Up

1'59.189

0.768

12

23

Germany
Germany

Marcel Schrotter

Kalex

1'59.198

0.777

13

7

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Baldassarri

Kalex

1'59.237

0.816

14

44

Spain
Spain

Arón Canet

Speed Up

1'59.278

0.857

15

21

Italy
Italy

Fabio Di Giannantonio

Speed Up

1'59.284

0.863

16

35

Thailand
Thailand

Somkiat Chantra

Kalex

1'59.290

0.869

17

87

Australia
Australia

Remy Gardner

Kalex

1'59.434

1.013

18

57

Spain
Spain

Edgar Pons

Kalex

1'59.486

1.065

19

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sam Lowes

Kalex

1'59.561

1.140

20

96

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jake Dixon

Kalex

1'59.641

1.220

21

42

Spain
Spain

Marcos Ramirez

Kalex

1'59.709

1.288

22

24

Italy
Italy

Simone Corsi

MV

1'59.839

1.418

23

40

Spain
Spain

Hector Garzo

Kalex

2'00.020

1.599

24

62

Italy
Italy

Stefano Manzi

MV

2'00.160

1.739

25

2

Switzerland
Switzerland

Jesko Raffin

NTS

2'00.183

1.762

26

12

Switzerland
Switzerland

Thomas Luthi

Kalex

2'00.262

1.841

27

55

Malaysia
Malaysia

Hafizh Syahrin

Speed Up

2'00.396

1.975

28

19

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Kalex

2'00.804

2.383

29

27

Andi Izdihar

Kalex

2'01.265

2.844

30

99

Kasma Daniel

Kalex

2'02.886

4.465

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