2021 Doha Moto2 FP2 Result: Fernandez Fights Back

Nightfall brought much improved track conditions for the intermediate class and they definitely know better than their younger colleagues, with much of the top 14 line-up settled quite early on in FP1. One significant change was exceptional rookie Raul Fernandez dethroning Fabio Di Giannantonio from the top of the timesheets in the final handful of minutes and claiming the lead by over half a second. The Italian did not push for another time attack at the end of the session and settled for second, similarly to Remy Gardner in third.

Marco Bezzecchi did make some late progress to jump ahead of Joe Roberts in the top five, while Ai Ogura was another impressive rookie, climbing into sixth spot. Sam Lowes finished the day seventh after a couple of cancelled laps due to exceeding track limits, only five hundredths of a second ahead of rookie Celestino Vietti. Marcel Schrotter and Nicolo Bulega rounded out the top ten, while Aron Canet had to rely on his final flying lap to sneak inside the precious top 14, ahead of Augusto Fernandez.

Cameron Beaubier’s late charge made it five rookies likely to be heading straight to Q2, demoting the likes of Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon, in a very disappointing day at the office for the Petronas Sprinta Racing squad. Together with the likes of Jorge Navarro, Tom Luthi or Bo Bendsneyder, they will be hoping for a miraculously early sunset on Saturday afternoon.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'58.541    
2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'59.058 0.517 0.517
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'59.188 0.647 0.130
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'59.208 0.667 0.020
5 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'59.213 0.672 0.005
6 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'59.243 0.702 0.030
7 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'59.265 0.724 0.022
8 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'59.315 0.774 0.050
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'59.362 0.821 0.047
10 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'59.607 1.066 0.245
11 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'59.613 1.072 0.006
12 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'59.664 1.123 0.051
13 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'59.748 1.207 0.084
14 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'59.777 1.236 0.029
15 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'59.782 1.241 0.005
16 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'59.785 1.244 0.003
17 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'59.792 1.251 0.007
18 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'59.861 1.320 0.069
19 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'59.896 1.355 0.035
20 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'59.907 1.366 0.011
21 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'59.915 1.374 0.008
22 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'59.981 1.440 0.066
23 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 2'00.244 1.703 0.263
24 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'00.377 1.836 0.133
25 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'00.385 1.844 0.008
26 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'00.586 2.045 0.201
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'00.858 2.317 0.272
28 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 2'02.760 4.219 1.902
Round Number: 
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2021
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Comments

1/2 second first to second. Have to go down to tenth place to see the backside of the next half second.  Impressive.