Qatar Moto3: Fernandez fastest in Friday practice

Lewis Duncan
motorsport.com

The coronavirus outbreak has led to the Qatari government imposing new travel and quarantine measures, which meant the opening round of the year has had to go ahead without MotoGP on the bill.

The Moto3 field was first out on track on Friday at Losail, with last year’s Valencia Grand Prix winner Sergio Garcia guiding his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda to the top of the pile late on with a 2m05.407s lap. 

One-time grand prix winner Tatsuki Suzuki shadowed him at the end of the 40-minute outing aboard the SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda, while Alonso Lopez rounded out the top three in his first official session with the Max Racing Husqvarna squad.

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VR46 rider Andrea Migno took the ignominious honour of becoming the first crasher of 2020 when he tipped off at Turn 11 in the early stages. Albert Arenas (Aspar KTM) was the other faller in FP1 at Turn 16.

Fernandez was a low-key 15th in the first session, but went to the top of the pile at the start of the FP2 with a 2m05.743s.

His teammate Kaito Toba – who has switched from Honda Team Asia this season – would set the best time of the day with around 17 minutes to go with a 2m04.988s.

This was usurped by former teammate Ai Ogura (Team Asia) in the closing stages with a 2m04.698s, though Fernandez would resume control on his final attempt with a 2m04.577s. 

Darryn Binder – younger brother of factory KTM MotoGP rider Brad – was second overall on his CIP KTM, with FP1 pacesetter Garcia completing the top three on combined times.

Ogura was shuffled back to fourth after the final salvo, with Toba, Arbolino, Migno, Leopard Honda’s new signing Jaume Masia, the second Max Racing bike of Romano Fenati and rookie Deniz Oncu rounding out the top 10 for Moto3 debutant team Tech 3.

After suffering in injury in the pre-season, SIC58’s Niccolo Antonelli will sit out this weekend’s action.

FP2 results:

1

25

Spain
Spain

Raúl Fernández

KTM

2'04.577

 

2

40

South Africa
South Africa

Darryn Binder

KTM

2'04.698

0.121

3

11

Spain
Spain

Sergio García

Honda

2'04.723

0.146

4

79

Japan
Japan

Ai Ogura

Honda

2'04.922

0.345

5

27

Japan
Japan

Kaito Toba

KTM

2'04.988

0.411

6

14

Italy
Italy

Tony Arbolino

Honda

2'05.227

0.650

7

16

Italy
Italy

Andrea Migno

KTM

2'05.287

0.710

8

5

Spain
Spain

Jaume Masia

Honda

2'05.332

0.755

9

55

Italy
Italy

Romano Fenati

Husqvarna

2'05.348

0.771

10

53

Turkey
Turkey

Deniz Öncü

KTM

2'05.355

0.778

11

17

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

John McPhee

Honda

2'05.383

0.806

12

13

Italy
Italy

Celestino Vietti Ramus

KTM

2'05.502

0.925

13

92

Japan
Japan

Yuki Kunii

Honda

2'05.587

1.010

14

99

Carlos Tatay

KTM

2'05.598

1.021

15

82

Italy
Italy

Stefano Nepa

KTM

2'05.612

1.035

16

2

Argentina
Argentina

Gabriel Rodrigo

Honda

2'05.622

1.045

17

75

Spain
Spain

Albert Arenas

KTM

2'05.668

1.091

18

24

Japan
Japan

Tatsuki Suzuki

Honda

2'05.758

1.181

19

12

Czech Republic
Czech Republic

Filip Salač

Honda

2'05.765

1.188

20

52

Spain
Spain

Jeremy Alcoba

Honda

2'05.779

1.202

21

7

Italy
Italy

Dennis Foggia

Honda

2'05.862

1.285

22

21

Spain
Spain

Alonso López

Husqvarna

2'06.024

1.447

23

6

Japan
Japan

Ryusei Yamanaka

Honda

2'06.086

1.509

24

89

Malaysia
Malaysia

Khairul Idham Pawi

Honda

2'06.117

1.540

25

71

Japan
Japan

Ayumu Sasaki

KTM

2'06.270

1.693

26

9

Italy
Italy

Davide Pizzoli

KTM

2'06.295

1.718

27

73

Austria
Austria

Maximilian Kofler

KTM

2'06.981

2.404

28

50

Jason Dupasquier

KTM

2'07.268

2.691

29

54

Italy
Italy

Riccardo Rossi

KTM

2'07.374

2.797

30

60

Dirk Geiger

KTM

2'07.713

3.136

31

20

Spain
Spain

Jose Garcia

Honda

2'08.302

3.725

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