2019 Qatar Moto2 Test Combined Times: Lowes Leads, As Kalex Dominates The Timesheets

Sam Lowes ended his preseason with a surge of confidence, the Gresini Kalex rider ending fastest overall, and topping four of the nine sessions of Moto2 testing over the three days at Qatar. The Englishman was fast over a single lap, but also had outstanding pace, lapping consistently in the 1'58s.

Tom Luthi ended the test as second fastest, making a much-needed step forward after his return to the Moto2 class, while Remy Gardner was third quickest throughout the test, two thousandths of a second faster than Augusto Fernandez in fourth.

After the first day of the test, when Brad Binder led two sessions of the test, the KTMs struggled to match the Kalexes. Binder ended the test as tenth fastest overall, just ahead of his impressive rookie teammate Jorge Martin. Given the track was in much worse condition on Friday, it seems a decent guess that the KTM is better on a dirty and slippery track, while the Kalex is able to exploit the grip on the track better.

The proof of the pudding will come next week, however, when the season gets underway at last.

Combined times over all three days

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:58.439    
2 12 Tom Luthi Kalex 1:58.663 0.224 0.224
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1:58.755 0.316 0.092
4 40 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1:58.757 0.318 0.002
5 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:58.787 0.348 0.030
6 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1:58.880 0.441 0.093
7 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1:58.923 0.484 0.043
8 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 1:58.948 0.509 0.025
9 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1:58.980 0.541 0.032
10 41 Brad Binder KTM 1:58.999 0.560 0.019
11 88 Jorge Martin KTM 1:59.039 0.600 0.040
12 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1:59.200 0.761 0.161
13 11 Nicolo Bulega Kalex 1:59.226 0.787 0.026
14 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1:59.306 0.867 0.080
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1:59.308 0.869 0.002
16 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1:59.325 0.886 0.017
17 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1:59.335 0.896 0.010
18 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1:59.351 0.912 0.016
19 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1:59.407 0.968 0.056
20 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1:59.734 1.295 0.327
21 24 Simone Corsi Kalex 1:59.829 1.390 0.095
22 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 2:00.148 1.709 0.319
23 2 Jesko Raffin NTS 2:00.334 1.895 0.186
24 16 Joe Roberts KTM 2:00.414 1.975 0.080
25 96 Jake Dixon KTM 2:00.495 2.056 0.081
26 77 Dominique Aegerter MV Agusta 2:00.546 2.107 0.051
27 3 Lukas Tulovic KTM 2:00.725 2.286 0.179
28 72 Marco Bezzecchi KTM 2:00.921 2.482 0.196
29 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 2:01.337 2.898 0.416
30 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 2:01.564 3.125 0.227
31 18 Xavier Cardelus KTM 2:01.656 3.217 0.092
32 20 Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex 2:01.824 3.385 0.168
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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I was indeed missing the word "second" before "fastest". Thanks for the heads up.

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I've noticed Steve Odendaal hasn't been listed with NTS, is he injured or no longer on the team?

 

 

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Odendaal broke his big toe in a training accident. Was having a lot of trouble with it at Jerez, so he skipped the Qatar test to have an operation, was replaced temporarily by Jesko Raffin. Hopes to be fit for Qatar.

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