2019 Qatar Moto2 FP1 Result: Dibs To Schrotter

The wind in Losail was no match for the enthusiasm of the intermediate class and one man who was keen to get back to familiar pastures was Tom Luthi, the MotoGP renegade leading the way for the Dynavolt squad for much of the session. However, the pastures were not all that familiar since the new season means Triumph making their loud entry in Moto2, marking a fresh start for the entire field. Teammate Marcel Schrotter took over top honours in the final few minutes of the session and led by two tenths of a second by the checkered flag.

Xavi Vierge seemed to take to his new team and new bike very well, straight into the top two and four tenths faster than his friend / teammate Alex Marquez, who had a steady start just outside the top ten. Bo Bendsneyder promised to enjoy the new season much more than the old one and started off with third position in FP1, narrowly edging ahead of Luthi, who got pushed back to fourth after beign dethroned from his early lead.

Andrea Locatelli also enjoyed some time in the limelight and finished fifth, with Augusto Fernandez and Jorge Navarro also within half a second of the leader. The familiar Italian trio of Luca Marini, Enea Bastianini and Lorenzo Baldassarri completed the top ten, while 18 riders managed to finish within a second of Schrotter. Amongst them was testing headliner Sam Lowes, whose 16th position was not all that representative since a mechanical niggle cut his session short, and Moto3 champion Jorge Martin, the Spaniard seven tenths off the lead in 14th position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'59.591    
2 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'59.784 0.193 0.193
3 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'59.920 0.329 0.136
4 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'59.933 0.342 0.013
5 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'59.961 0.370 0.028
6 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'59.979 0.388 0.018
7 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 2'00.029 0.438 0.050
8 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'00.109 0.518 0.080
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 2'00.166 0.575 0.057
10 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'00.202 0.611 0.036
11 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'00.228 0.637 0.026
12 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'00.234 0.643 0.006
13 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'00.254 0.663 0.020
14 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 2'00.266 0.675 0.012
15 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'00.277 0.686 0.011
16 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'00.416 0.825 0.139
17 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'00.496 0.905 0.080
18 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 2'00.514 0.923 0.018
19 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2'00.665 1.074 0.151
20 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'00.935 1.344 0.270
21 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV 2'00.962 1.371 0.027
22 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'01.022 1.431 0.060
23 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 2'01.040 1.449 0.018
24 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'01.353 1.762 0.313
25 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 2'01.523 1.932 0.170
26 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'01.569 1.978 0.046
27 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'01.606 2.015 0.037
28 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 2'01.691 2.100 0.085
29 62 Stefano MANZI MV 2'02.045 2.454 0.354
30 96 Jake DIXON KTM 2'02.326 2.735 0.281
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 2'02.816 3.225 0.490
32 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'03.050 3.459 0.234
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