2019 Qatar Moto2 Test Day 2 Times: Lowes Fastest As Vierge Tops Final Session

Sam Lowes has finished the second day of the Qatar test at the top of the Moto2 timesheets, the Gresini Kalex rider well inside the 1'59 bracket, and finishing just ahead of Remy Gardner on the SAG Kalex. Both riders elected to skip the final session of the day, however, leaving the honors to Xavi Vierge and Alex Marquez of the Marc VDS squad. 

Neither Marc VDS rider was faster in the final session than Jorge Martin had been previously, however, Martin finishing third overall, and the fastest of the KTM riders. Marquez was fourth fastest overall, ahead of teammate Vierge, who had managed to improve his time in the last session. Luca Marini was sixth quickest on the Sky VR46 Kalex, ending just ahead of Jorge Navarro on the Speed Up.

Combined Sessions

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:58.824    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1:58.879 0.055 0.055
3 88 Jorge Martin KTM 1:59.039 0.215 0.160
4 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 1:59.119 0.295 0.080
5 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1:59.168 0.344 0.049
6 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:59.260 0.436 0.092
7 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1:59.330 0.506 0.070
8 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:59.370 0.546 0.040
9 12 Tom Luthi Kalex 1:59.386 0.562 0.016
10 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1:59.407 0.583 0.021
11 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1:59.407 0.583 0.000
12 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1:59.452 0.628 0.045
13 40 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1:59.522 0.698 0.070
14 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:59.532 0.708 0.010
15 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1:59.717 0.893 0.185
16 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1:59.880 1.056 0.163
17 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1:59.884 1.060 0.004
18 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:59.905 1.081 0.021
19 11 Nicolo Bulega Kalex 1:59.985 1.161 0.080
20 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2:00.060 1.236 0.075
21 24 Simone Corsi Kalex 2:00.450 1.626 0.390
22 96 Jake Dixon KTM 2:00.495 1.671 0.045
23 77 Dominique Aegerter MV Agusta 2:00.546 1.722 0.051
24 16 Joe Roberts KTM 2:00.629 1.805 0.083
25 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 2:00.872 2.048 0.243
26 2 Jesko Raffin NTS 2:00.976 2.152 0.104
27 3 Lukas Tulovic KTM 2:01.302 2.478 0.326
28 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 2:01.350 2.526 0.048
29 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 2:01.687 2.863 0.337
30 72 Marco Bezzecchi KTM 2:02.022 3.198 0.335
31 20 Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex 2:02.329 3.505 0.307
32 18 Xavier Cardelus KTM 2:02.476 3.652 0.147

Session 3

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1:59.168    
2 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 1:59.208 0.040 0.040
3 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1:59.330 0.162 0.122
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1:59.407 0.239 0.077
5 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:59.446 0.278 0.039
6 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:59.450 0.282 0.004
7 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:59.532 0.364 0.082
8 40 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1:59.673 0.505 0.141
9 12 Tom Luthi Kalex 1:59.795 0.627 0.122
10 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1:59.807 0.639 0.012
11 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:59.905 0.737 0.098
12 88 Jorge Martin KTM 2:00.013 0.845 0.108
13 11 Nicolo Bulega Kalex 2:00.055 0.887 0.042
14 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2:00.060 0.892 0.005
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 2:00.165 0.997 0.105
16 96 Jake Dixon KTM 2:00.495 1.327 0.330
17 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 2:00.827 1.659 0.332
18 24 Simone Corsi Kalex 2:00.966 1.798 0.139
19 77 Dominique Aegerter MV Agusta 2:01.239 2.071 0.273
20 16 Joe Roberts KTM 2:01.428 2.260 0.189
21 3 Lukas Tulovic KTM 2:01.762 2.594 0.334
22 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 2:01.831 2.663 0.069
23 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 2:02.119 2.951 0.288
24 2 Jesko Raffin NTS 2:02.120 2.952 0.001
25 72 Marco Bezzecchi KTM 2:02.172 3.004 0.052
26 20 Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex 2:02.329 3.161 0.157
27 18 Xavier Cardelus KTM 2:02.721 3.553 0.392
Records
Pole Lap: 2018 Alex Márquez 2:00.299 156.2 Km/h
Fastest Lap: 2018 Lorenzo Baldassarri 2:00.303 155.3 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2016 Sam Lowes 1:59.421 155.3 Km/h
Best Lap: 2016 Jonas Folger 1:59.052 156.2 Km/h
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Remy Gardner really starting to make progress?  In the last few years he seemed to have crept into the pack behind the front group but his testing on the triumph suggests he might now be part of the front group.  Big boost for Oz if he is.

Total votes: 17

It's taken him so many years to even get close to the front, keep in mind that in Moto2 the biggest talent goes up to MotoGP so at some point he can just beat the rookies on experience. By the end of the year the rookies with more talent will have passed him.

Total votes: 17

I hope you’re right, he’s done it a tough way, even his Dad’s credentials didn’t spare the financial sacrifices. I just hope he can have a clear run at it without picking up his annual injuries. Him, Xavi Vierge & Iker Lecuona are certainly ones to watch coming up. 

Total votes: 18

Progress continues for Remy Gardner. Pole position at Silverstone 2018 (No race), 5th at Valencia last race, his best result.

Remy seems to be adapting to the Triumph triple rather rapidly, top ten or eleven in most of the test sessions so far. IF he could maintain this level of performance he might finish more races in the points. Big boost for us Aussies if he does.

Sir NJ it's not just you & I, Remy Gardner is improving and seems to be more consistent, riding better, faster.

Still only testing but let's see what happens next Sunday. Now we need a rider in Moto3.

Total votes: 14

If he can learn to stop crashing, current WSS300 rider Tom Edwards could move over to Moto3 for 2020 or 2021.  He has shown very good pace in most of last year's races.

Total votes: 19

Remy just has a competitive team and package finally. He was also riding injured for much of last season, after some promising signs early. Also, the capacity increase should help him, being one if the larger Moto 2 riders.

Total votes: 15