2020 Austria Moto2 FP3 Result: Lowes Raises The Benchmark

The clouds that threatened proceedings early in the day gave way to large patches of blue sky by the time the intermediate class joined an almost entirely dry track, offering an unexpected opportunity to change the hierarchy in the combined top 14. The early rush led to an impressive number of cancelled lap times due to exceeding track limits but riders were quick on the pace from Friday. Luca Marini was one of the first improvers and placed himself at the top of the timesheets early on, a place he kept until the final ten minutes, when Sam Lowes improved the fastest time of the weekend. The Marc VDS rider survived a late time attack to lead FP3 by seven hundredths of a second from Remy Gardner, while Marini dropped to third, the trio safely into Q2.

Enea Bastianini left it late to join the top 14 but when he did he went straight to fourth, ahead of rookie Aron Canet. Marco Bezzecchi was a late improver but did well in sixth position, followed by Xavi Vierge and Somkiat Chantra, who were less than three tenths off the lead. Tetsuta Nagashima had an eventful morning, with an early crash that left him with only 10 min of running at the end of the session, but it proved sufficient to secure a place in Q2. Tom Luthi finally found his way into the top ten of the session and 12th overall, while Jorge Navarro’s session ended nine minutes early with a high side at turn one but the Spaniard made it into Q2 unhurt.

Jorge Martin was one of the few riders who failed to go any faster than Friday but his top time was good enough for third on the combined timesheets, despite being outside of the top 20 in FP3. Similarly, Augusto Fernandez was tenth overall and Jake Dixon got lucky with a late laptime cancellation for Nicolo Bulega, which handed the final direct Q2 place to the Petronas rider. Despite being under four tenths of a second off the leader, Stefano Manzi and Joe Roberts missed out on the top 14, while Marcel Schrotter’s late crash also left him out in the cold of Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'28.877    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'28.950 0.073 0.073
3 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'29.020 0.143 0.070
4 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'29.038 0.161 0.018
5 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'29.103 0.226 0.065
6 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'29.145 0.268 0.042
7 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'29.155 0.278 0.010
8 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'29.171 0.294 0.016
9 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'29.187 0.310 0.016
10 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'29.188 0.311 0.001
11 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'29.204 0.327 0.016
12 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'29.240 0.363 0.036
13 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'29.245 0.368 0.005
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'29.297 0.420 0.052
15 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'29.342 0.465 0.045
16 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'29.377 0.500 0.035
17 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'29.379 0.502 0.002
18 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'29.402 0.525 0.023
19 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'29.475 0.598 0.073
20 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'29.554 0.677 0.079
21 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'29.566 0.689 0.012
22 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'29.615 0.738 0.049
23 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'29.855 0.978 0.240
24 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'29.908 1.031 0.053
25 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'29.913 1.036 0.005
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'30.060 1.183 0.147
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'30.080 1.203 0.020
28 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'30.511 1.634 0.431
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'30.655 1.778 0.144
30 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'30.786 1.909 0.131
Round Number: 
5
2020
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