2015 Qatar Moto2 FP3 Result: Lowes Takes Top Time In Classic Slugfest With Zarco

Sam Lowes has topped the third session of free practice for the Moto2 class, after a scintillating battle for supremacy with Johann Zarco. Lowes and Zarco kept pushing each other to the limits, swapping the lead all the way down to the wire. It was Lowes who ended up on top, the Speed Up rider finishing just ahead of the Ajo Racing man at the end of the session. 

Tito Rabat took 3rd behind Lowes and Zarco, the reigning world champion becoming the third rider to break the two minute barrier. The gap was large, however: Rabat is three tenths slower than Zarco, and nearly half a second slower than Lowes. He is still a third of a second quicker than the man in 4th, however, Sandro Cortese ending the day three quarters of a second behind Lowes, and a couple of tenths ahead of Axel Pons.

Alex Marquez had a much better session in FP3, the reigning Moto3 champion starting to find his feet in Moto2. At one point, the Spaniard was up to 8th, before slipping down the field to 11th. Former teammate Alex Rins finished ahead of him once again, ending the session in 9th, after missing much of the first part of FP3 with clutch problems, an issue he shared with his HP Pons teammate Luis Salom.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Speed Up 1'59.541    
2 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 1'59.677 0.136 0.136
3 1 Tito Rabat Kalex 1'59.993 0.452 0.316
4 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 2'00.315 0.774 0.322
5 49 Axel Pons Kalex 2'00.546 1.005 0.231
6 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 2'00.559 1.018 0.013
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 2'00.637 1.096 0.078
8 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'00.704 1.163 0.067
9 40 Alex Rins Kalex 2'00.783 1.242 0.079
10 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 2'00.961 1.420 0.178
11 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 2'01.030 1.489 0.069
12 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 2'01.180 1.639 0.150
13 36 Mika Kallio Kalex 2'01.236 1.695 0.056
14 96 Louis Rossi Tech 3 2'01.259 1.718 0.023
15 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 2'01.266 1.725 0.007
16 3 Simone Corsi Kalex 2'01.285 1.744 0.019
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 2'01.354 1.813 0.069
18 39 Luis Salom Kalex 2'01.461 1.920 0.107
19 95 Anthony West Speed Up 2'01.715 2.174 0.254
20 88 Ricard Cardus Tech 3 2'01.724 2.183 0.009
21 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 2'01.742 2.201 0.018
22 25 Azlan Shah Kalex 2'01.877 2.336 0.135
23 4 Randy Krummenacher Kalex 2'02.097 2.556 0.220
24 77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex 2'02.165 2.624 0.068
25 23 Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 2'02.314 2.773 0.149
26 51 Zaqhwan Zaidi Suter 2'03.029 3.488 0.715
27 10 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex 2'03.400 3.859 0.371
28 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 2'03.550 4.009 0.150
29 66 Florian Alt Suter 2'03.712 4.171 0.162
30 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 2'04.429 4.888 0.717

 

Round Number: 
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2015
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Comments

So far, this is looking to be a FAR better year of Moto2 than last year! Zarco and Rabat were impressive, but Lowes doing this well on a Speed Up is incredible. Now I'm just wondering what's up with Aegerter, I had expected him and Kallio to be much further up the sheets than they are.

Those last laps with Zarco and Lowes were thrilling. I enjoyed evry second of those two scrapping for who would start the best time. Hopefully the race goes the same way.