2016 Qatar Moto2 FP3 Results: Lowes Smashes Lap Record

Sam Lowes has stamped his authority on the Moto2 class at Qatar by dominating the final session of free practice. The Gresini rider took the lead in the session early and laid down an imposing rhythm, posting a whole string of quick laps. He also managed to do it without crashing, a big improvement after crashing twice on the first day. The final few laps saw him lapping under the pole record, ending nearly two tenths quicker than his old record from last year.

Tom Luthi took second, continuing his strong weekend at Qatar, but two tenths slower than Sam Lowes. Lorenzo Baldassarri continued his strong weekend, taking third in FP3 just a few hundredths behind Luthi, and a similar amount ahead of Marcel Schrotter, the German making a big improvement. Jonas Folger was fifth fastest, while reigning champion Johann Zarco finished in sixth.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'59.262    
2 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'59.473 0.211 0.211
3 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'59.517 0.255 0.044
4 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'59.544 0.282 0.027
5 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 1'59.615 0.353 0.071
6 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 1'59.682 0.420 0.067
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1'59.854 0.592 0.172
8 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1'59.860 0.598 0.006
9 40 Alex Rins Kalex 1'59.939 0.677 0.079
10 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 2'00.032 0.770 0.093
11 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 2'00.221 0.959 0.189
12 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 2'00.282 1.020 0.061
13 52 Danny Kent Kalex 2'00.285 1.023 0.003
14 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 2'00.286 1.024 0.001
15 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 2'00.397 1.135 0.111
16 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 2'00.438 1.176 0.041
17 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex 2'00.480 1.218 0.042
18 77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex 2'00.493 1.231 0.013
19 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 2'00.574 1.312 0.081
20 49 Axel Pons Kalex 2'00.574 1.312  
21 14 Ratthapark Wilairot Kalex 2'00.597 1.335 0.023
22 10 Luca Marini Kalex 2'00.748 1.486 0.151
23 39 Luis Salom Kalex 2'00.860 1.598 0.112
24 19 Xavier Simeon Speed Up 2'00.913 1.651 0.053
25 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 2'01.322 2.060 0.409
26 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 2'01.401 2.139 0.079
27 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 2'01.903 2.641 0.502
28 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 2'01.943 2.681 0.040
29 33 Alessandro Tonucci Kalex 2'03.198 3.936 1.255
30 8 Efren Vazquez Suter 2'04.329 5.067 1.131
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Comments

Lowes is looking like he is really taking to that new chassis he is on. Right now it looks like the only thing that may stop his progress is getting a little over