Moto2 Doha FP3: Sam Lowes leads FP3 as Fernandez leads overall
Sam Lowes leads the Moto2 class following a fairly uneventful session.
Sam Lowes was the fastest rider overall in a session which was marred by heavy winds and a dirty track much like the Moto3 session beforehand, Lowes’ timesheet topping time was 2.3 seconds slower than Fernandez’s fastest time yesterday as the speedy Spanish rookie continues to impress in the class after stepping up to the mark almost instantly despite the major differences between the Moto2 and Moto3 classes.
In the FP3 session Lowes took the lead by 0.143 over Marco Bezzecchi who is another rider looking to stand on the podium this weekend after missing out last time in the last lap of the race to Fabio Di Giannantonio, Bezzecchi is one of the class favourites for the title but with the level of Moto2 being so unbelievably high this year he is going to have his work cut out for him, despite only being in the second round of the season there is already talk of Bezzecchi moving to MotoGP in 2022, Bezzecchi leads another rider who has a lot of talk surrounding his name about a possible MotoGP news, Remy Gardner. Gardner spoke with the AUS MotoGP podcast this week and confirmed that the door to MotoGP is halfway open with KTM, it is already known that there is a MotoGP seat earmarked for the rider so it will depend on his performances this season.
In P4 we see 2020 Rookie of the year Aron Canet lead a duo of rookies in Tony Arbolino and Cameron Beaubier, the pair impressing quite a lot after their move to the intermediate class with Arbolino taking P16 overall in last weekends race and Beaubier fighting his way from P22 to the P11 place in the race, the American Beaubier stated after the race he wants to improve his qualifying time to give him more of a chance to fight at the front come race day, this week he finished in P14 overall in the combined times which puts him directly in the Q2 session.
Xavi Vierge finished overall in P7 with Fabio Di Giannantonio in P8 with Dixon in P9, Dixon was unable to improve his time and will need to go via Q1 later on today in qualifying, he leads Marcel Schrotter in P10. Further down the order there were a few surprises with some riders struggling to put in a good time, this includes Bo Bendsneyder in P20, Raul Fernandez in P23 and Jorge Navarro in P24 but given the conditions, they were not pushing hard.
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Featured image – Marc VDS