2015 Austin Moto2 FP2 Result: Lowes Lowers The Boom

Sam Lowes made the most of difficult track conditions to again lead a free practice Friday near Austin, Texas. Lowes' 2'10.563 not only set the top time of the session, it bettered his FP2 time from 2014 by two seconds, even though track conditions at COTA this year are worse. Moreover, last year he lingered in 22nd during FP2 and finished the race in 19th.

To put it lightly, things for the Briton are looking up -- mostly. Lowes crashed hard in both sessions but walked away from each. 

Johann Zarco finished right on Lowes' heels, only a tenth off. And current world champion Tito Rabat, who also has had crashing issues at both races thus far, managed third-fastest.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 22 Sam LOWES Speed Up 2'10.563    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 2'10.659 0.096 / 0.096
3 1 Tito RABAT Kalex 2'10.938 0.375 / 0.279
4 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 2'11.061 0.498 / 0.123
5 3 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'11.401 0.838 / 0.340
6 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 2'11.468 0.905 / 0.067
7 40 Alex RINS Kalex 2'11.480 0.917 / 0.012
8 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 2'11.513 0.950 / 0.033
9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'11.566 1.003 / 0.053
10 77 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex 2'11.611 1.048 / 0.045
11 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 2'11.612 1.049 / 0.001
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'11.839 1.276 / 0.227
13 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Kalex 2'11.900 1.337 / 0.061
14 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 2'11.961 1.398 / 0.061
15 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'12.003 1.440 / 0.042
16 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 2'12.067 1.504 / 0.064
17 88 Ricard CARDUS Tech 3 2'12.212 1.649 / 0.145
18 39 Luis SALOM Kalex 2'12.278 1.715 / 0.066
19 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Tech 3 2'12.334 1.771 / 0.056
20 25 Azlan SHAH Kalex 2'12.344 1.781 / 0.010
21 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'12.456 1.893 / 0.112
22 96 Louis ROSSI Tech 3 2'12.768 2.205 / 0.312
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'12.846 2.283 / 0.078
24 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'12.856 2.293 / 0.010
25 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 2'13.413 2.850 / 0.557
26 66 Florian ALT Suter 2'14.891 4.328 / 1.478
27 51 Zaqhwan ZAIDI Suter 2'15.211 4.648 / 0.320
28 10 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex 2'15.356 4.793 / 0.145
29 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'16.678 6.115 / 1.322
  49 Axel PONS Kalex      

 

Round Number: 
2
2015
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Comments

Nice to see the Speed Ups at the pointy end. Hopefully it's not a flash in the pan and they all have strong race pace. And in Lowes case - keep it upright please!

Ant West! :-)
Pretty damn good in the dry for a guy who should be a strong favorite if it is wet.