Moto2: Martin Quickest, Joe Roberts 4th Again On Day Two Of Qatar Test

Moto2: Martin Quickest, Joe Roberts 4th Again On Day Two Of Qatar Test

© 2020, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

Moto2 All-Time Lap Record: 1:58.635, Lorenzo Baldassarri, 2019

Moto2 Race Lap Record: 1:58.711, Thomas Luthi, 2019

FIM Moto2 World Championship 

Losail International Circuit

Doha, Qatar

February 29, 2020

Day Two Test Results (all using Triumph engines and Dunlop tires):

  1. Jorge Martin, Spain (Kalex), 1:58.655
  2. Remy Gardner, Australia (Kalex), 1:58.985
  3. Nicolo Bulega, Italy (Kalex), 1:59.062
  4. Joe Roberts, USA (Kalex), 1:59.066
  5. Xavi Vierge, Spain (Kalex), 1:59.111
  6. Marcel Schrotter, Germany (Kalex), 1:59.206
  7. Aron Canet, Spain (Speed Up), 1:59.220
  8. Enea Bastianini, Italy (Kalex), 1:59.246
  9. Luca Marini, Italy (Kalex), 1:59.258
  10. Jorge Navarro, Spain (Speed Up), 1:59.367
  11. Hafizh Syahrin, Malaysia (Speed Up), 1:59.377
  12. Marco Bezzecchi, Italy (Kalex), 1:59.390
  13. Fabio Di Giannantonio, Italy (Speed Up), 1:59.417
  14. Tetsuta Nagashima, Japan (Kalex), 1:59.499
  15. Thomas Luthi, Switzerland (Kalex), 1:59.600
  16. Edgar Pons, Spain (Kalex), 1:59.691
  17. Augusto Fernandez, Spain (Kalex), 1:59.837
  18. Lorenzo Baldassarri, Italy (Kalex), 1:59.910
  19. Hector Garzo, Spain (Kalex), 1:59.933
  20. Bo Bendsneyder, Netherlands (NTS), 2:00.119
  21. Simone Corsi, Italy (MV Agusta), 2:00.173
  22. Stefano Manzi, Italy (MV Agusta), 2:00.175
  23. Somkiat Chantra, Thailand (Kalex), 2:00.441
  24. Jesko Raffin, Switzerland (NTS), 2:00.482
  25. Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Italy (Kalex), 2:00.662
  26. Jake Dixon, UK (Kalex), 2:00.695
  27. Marcos Ramirez, Spain (Kalex), 2:00.790
  28. Andi Farid Izdihar, Indonesia (Kalex), 2:01.813

 

Jorge Martin (88). Photo courtesy of Dorna.
Jorge Martin (88). Photo courtesy of Dorna.

 

More, from a press release issued by Dorna:

Martin and Salač pull clear on Saturday

The Spaniard stamps some authority on Moto2™, the Czech rider does the same in Moto3™

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Two impressive gaps for the men at the top characterised Day 2 of the Moto2™ and Moto3™ Test at Losail International Circuit, with Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) dominating in the intermediate class and Filip Salač (Rivacold Snipers Team) doing the same in the lightweight class.

In Moto2™, Martin went fastest with some authority, with the Spaniard bouncing back from some injury struggles sustained in Jerez to top the timesheets from Australian Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) by over three tenths. Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) was third quickest, with American Joe Roberts once again up in the mix as he put his American Racing Team Kalex in fourth.

Day 2 saw Martin and Gardner strike late to head to the top, with both feeling better as the day went on and Martin managing it despite a crash.

Behind the two at the top, Bulega, and Roberts, Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing) completed the top five, just ahead of Marcel Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP). Rookie Aron Canet (Aspar Team) was back to his old tricks from the Jerez test and slots into an impressive P7, ahead of Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) despite a small spill for the Italian.

Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Day 1’s quickest man, Jorge Navarro (Speed Up Racing), completed the top ten – just knocking the returning Hafizh Syahrin (Aspar Team) down to P11 as the Malaysian seems to be finding his feet in the class once again.

In Moto3™, Salač made a serious mark on the Qatar Test on Saturday, with the Czech rider finishing the day over half a second clear of the chasing pack led by Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing). Salač was the only man into the 2:04s with a 2:04.892, with Foggia 0.585 off and Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) only another 0.010 in arrears.

The timesheets were close from second down, with Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) in fourth and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) in fifth only split by half a tenth – and Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team) made for close company in sixth, too. Albert Arenas (Aspar Team) was the leading KTM in seventh but only just, with Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) taking P8. Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0), who has a little less experience of the venue after sitting out the 2019 edition due to his age, was ninth quickest, with Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) completing the top ten – the fastest rookie.

Two of Jerez’s standout performers, Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) and John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing), were P11 and P12.

That’s it from Saturday, check out motogp.com for more and come back on Sunday as preseason concludes!

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