2021 Qatar Moto2 FP1 Result: The Bezzecchi Vs Lowes Show – A Preview

Despite the excitement brought by having motorcycle racing back our screens, the intermediate class did not have much to learn from their first official session of the season. A hot dusty Losail predictably saw them significantly off their usual race pace but some names stood out from the start, in particular Sam Lowes and Marco Bezzecchi who gave a taster of the speed shown in testing by trading top spot in FP1. After Lowes led the way for most of the session, rival Bezzecchi took over in the closing stages and finished a mere hundredth of a second ahead of the Marc VDS rider.

Fabio Di Giannantonio was one step back, two tenths down on the two strong leaders and narrowly ahead of returning Bo Bendsneyder. The Dutch rider snuck ahead of Remy Gardner and Jake Dixon, while reigning Moto3 world champion Albert Arenas steps into Moto2 with his best foot forward, half a second off the lead in seventh position. Fellow rookie Raul Fernandez followed him on the timesheets ahead of namesake Augusto Fernandez, while another rookie closes the top ten. Ai Ogura managed to join the top ten positions despite recording the first crash of the season at turn 16, his progress aided by some late laptime cancellations due to yellow flag infringements by the likes of Jorge Navarro and Marcos Ramirez.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 2'00.305    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2'00.321 0.016 0.016
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 2'00.547 0.242 0.226
4 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'00.644 0.339 0.097
5 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 2'00.668 0.363 0.024
6 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2'00.693 0.388 0.025
7 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'00.822 0.517 0.129
8 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 2'00.906 0.601 0.084
9 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'00.965 0.660 0.059
10 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'01.020 0.715 0.055
11 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2'01.026 0.721 0.006
12 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 2'01.042 0.737 0.016
13 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'01.079 0.774 0.037
14 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2'01.080 0.775 0.001
15 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 2'01.103 0.798 0.023
16 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 2'01.124 0.819 0.021
17 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 2'01.314 1.009 0.190
18 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 2'01.374 1.069 0.060
19 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 2'01.395 1.090 0.021
20 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'01.448 1.143 0.053
21 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'01.522 1.217 0.074
22 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'01.600 1.295 0.078
23 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'01.640 1.335 0.040
24 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'01.672 1.367 0.032
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2'01.738 1.433 0.066
26 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2'01.799 1.494 0.061
27 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2'01.827 1.522 0.028
28 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'02.038 1.733 0.211
29 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'03.071 2.766 1.033
30 70 Barry Baltus NTS 2'03.182 2.877 0.111
Round Number: 
1
2021
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