Moto2 Doha FP2: Rookie Raul Fernandez dominates FP2
Raul Fernandez proves why he’s the real deal taking P1 by 0.517 in FP2.
Raul Fernandez continues to really impress in Moto2 taking P1 in the FP2 session by a huge 0.517 over Fabio Di Giannantonio in P2, he was massively fast over one lap last year in Moto3 and his speed doesn’t seem to have been affected by his move into the Moto2 class riding the stiff chassis of the Kalex, he started from P2 last weekend and he could be within a shout of pole position for tomorrow. Joining the duo of Fernandez and ‘Diggia’ in the top 3 is Remy Gardner, the Ajo Moto2 boys sandwiching in Di Giannantonio.
Marco Bezzecchi is another rider who is majorly impressive, Moto2 is brimming with talent this year and he is another rider who is a favourite for the title along with Joe Roberts just 0.005 seconds behind him in P5, another rookie who did well in the FP2 session is Ai Ogura, the Japanese rider placed in P6 which is a small surprise given his rookie status and his height and weight.
Sam Lowes moved himself up to P4 late in the session but unfortunately for him his lap time was cancelled demoting him down to P7, he still has a Q2 slot so the Leicestershire man won’t be too disheartened by this, Celestino Vietti is the 3rd rookie in the top 10, the Italian rider clocking in at P8 after also facing difficulties last weekend, Marcel Schrotter and Nicolo Bulega cap off the top 10.
In P14 sits Cameron Beaubier, the American rookie taking a Q2 place in the last minutes of the session after saying he wants to improve his qualifying times to be able to fight at the front in the class, he had a stunning race last weekend from P22 to P11, if he can qualify better this weekend there’s no reason why he cannot fight at the front.
The Petronas boys are struggling a little this weekend with Vierge in P15 and Dixon down in P18 ahead of Bo Bendsneyder and Hector Garzo.
Featured image – Red Bull KTM Ajo