Jorge Martin's recovery from injury continues apace, the Red Bull KTM Ajo ending the second day of testing in Qatar nearly a third of a second clear of the rest of the grid. Remy Gardner ended the day as second quickest, building on a strong preseason, while Nicolo Bulega put the Gresini Kalex into third.
Czech rider Filip Salac played it smart on the second day of the Moto3 test at Qatar, spending the day riding mostly alone, before finding a good group to set his fastest time. The Rivacold Snipers rider opened up a gap of nearly six tenths of a second over the rider in second place, Leopard Racing's Dennis Foggia.
Standings after race 1:
The opening race of 2020 took place on a try track that is notoriously punishing on tyres as riders are only upright down the straight, spending the remainder of the lap on the sides of their tyres. With the weather behaving, and no horrible geese invading the track, twenty two laps of close racing ensued.
This year, World Supersport gets slick tyres, and no longer need to use road-legal tyres. Twenty five minutes would determine the grid for tomorrow's race.
Twenty five minutes of qualifying would determine the grid for the first race this afternoon. Scott Redding was quickest in all three sessions, wet or dry, and is favourite to take pole on his debut Superpole. Leon Camier didn't take part and would sit the remainder of the weekend out.
Andrea Locatelli was within under a tenth of a second of Sam Lowes's 2013 outright lap record, setting the quickest time of the session on this year's slick tyres. Jules Cluzel and Randy Krummenacher joined him with 1'32 laps.
Scott Redding was quickest for the third time this weekend, ahead of Michael van der Mark and Jonathan Rea. Redding heads to Superpole as the favourite and all nine riders at the top set their fastest times in the last session, with only Leon Haslam in the top twelve needing to rely on a time from the previous day. Leon Camier was ruled unfit after FP2 when it was clear his shoulder injury from Aragon was too much for him to compete with.
Like their junior counterparts, the Moto2 class also spent their first day at the Qatar test riding solely during the daytime, due to the change of schedule for MotoGP. At the end of the first day, it was Jorge Navarro was fastest, the Speed Up rider taking a comfortable lead of nearly a quarter of a second.
The Moto3 class got their first taste of full-time daytime riding at Qatar on Friday, as the final test of the preseason got underway. Both the Moto3 and Moto2 classes will be racing during the daytime at Qatar, after the schedule has been changed to put the MotoGP race earlier.