2020 Qatar Moto2 FP1 Result: Luthi Back In The Limelight

The intermediate class was in such a rush to get the season underway that much of the early action was concentrated in the run-off area at turn six, where some fairly experienced names like Xavi Vierge, Enea Bastianini and Jorge Navarro got some early tumbles out of the way. Once the dust had settled, Tom Luthi set camp at the top of the timesheets and could not be moved until the checkered flag. Jorge Martin was back in action after a troublesome winter and proved that his speed didn’t go anywhere, the Spaniard trailing the Swiss rider by less than two hundredths of a second.

Aron Canet followed up on his strong pre-season showing with an excellent third position on his official race weekend debut in the intermediate class, carrying the flag for Speed Up only half a tenth behind Luthi. Augusto Fernandez closely followed his compatriot, while an impressive Joe Roberts in fifth spot was less than one tenth slower than the leader.

In a grid overflowing with title contenders, Remy Gardner, Luca Marini, Marco Bezzecchi, Jorge Navarro and Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top ten for the first practice session – a top ten covered by less than three tenths of a second. The next ten riders on the timesheets finished the morning within a second of Luthi and the list included Tetsuta Nagashima, Fabio Di Giannantonio or Nicolo Bulega, as well as Bastianini, Vierge and Baldassarri, despite their harmless falls.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'59.168    
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Kalex 1'59.185 0.017 0.017
3 44 Aron CANET Speed Up 1'59.215 0.047 0.030
4 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'59.253 0.085 0.038
5 16 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'59.259 0.091 0.006
6 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'59.277 0.109 0.018
7 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'59.301 0.133 0.024
8 72 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex 1'59.353 0.185 0.052
9 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'59.381 0.213 0.028
10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'59.446 0.278 0.065
11 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'59.473 0.305 0.027
12 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'59.650 0.482 0.177
13 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'59.660 0.492 0.010
14 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'59.687 0.519 0.027
15 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'59.750 0.582 0.063
16 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'59.789 0.621 0.039
17 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'00.013 0.845 0.224
18 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 2'00.017 0.849 0.004
19 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'00.126 0.958 0.109
20 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'00.146 0.978 0.020
21 24 Simone CORSI MV Agusta 2'00.176 1.008 0.030
22 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2'00.181 1.013 0.005
23 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Kalex 2'00.187 1.019 0.006
24 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Speed Up 2'00.228 1.060 0.041
25 96 Jake DIXON Kalex 2'00.356 1.188 0.128
26 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Kalex 2'00.843 1.675 0.487
27 27 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Kalex 2'01.082 1.914 0.239
28 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'01.121 1.953 0.039
29 40 Hector GARZO Kalex 2'01.126 1.958 0.005
30 99 Kasma Daniel KASMAUDIN Kalex 2'03.266 4.098 2.140
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2020
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