Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Losail:
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The final practice session for the intermediate class did not seem like it would make a big impact on the combined timesheets for qualifying, given the conditions, but a few riders did manage to upset the hierarchy in a final time attack. Rookie Aron Canet was the first of those men and he topped FP3 despite being quite a way off Joe Roberts’ best time from Friday. Fabio Di Giannantonio in second position brought another Speed Up to the forefront and into direct Q2 spots, with Enea Bastianini climbing into third in the session and eighth overall.
Day 2 of the season got underway in the heat of Losail but FP3 did not feel like the best use of track time for the lightweight class, given how much slower the pace was compared to FP2. Riders stood little chance to get a Q2 worthy time but that didn’t stop them from dawdling on track looking for a slipstream. Raul Fernandez had no issues securing a ticket to Q2, as the Spaniard topped both the session and the combined standings with his Friday time.
The night had truly fallen by the time the intermediate class basked in the floodlights of Qatar and it placed the spotlight firmly on the American Racing team. Joe Roberts, who had already showed fine speed in the first practice session, went on to improve the all time lap record in FP2, dropping to the mid 1:58s and remaining unchallenged for the rest of the session. Teamwork made the minor dream work for the Sky Racing crew as well, Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini riding together into the second and third positions, although a quarter of a second slower than the leader.
After the late change of schedule, the lightweight class got all the best views while the sun was retreating at Losail. However, with one eye on the provisional top 14 ahead of qualifying day, there was little time to enjoy the views. Raul Fernandez ended Day 1 as the fastest rider after dropping his laptime to mid 2:04s, one tenth of a second faster than Darryn Binder. FP1 leader Sergio Garcia kept close to finish the day third, with Ai Ogura also at the top end of proceedings after leading the action early on.
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.
After all the obstacles in its way, the 2020 season has finally and officially started with Doha gleaming in the backdrop of shiny new Moto3 machines. Straight off the back of a serendipitous test, the lightweight class got up to speed real fast, with Tatsuki Suzuki leading most of the first practice session of the season. The pace hotted up even more for the final five minutes, when a tentative time attack saw Valencia victor Sergio Garcia take over the top of the timesheets.
Jorge Navarro takes a confidence boost into the first race of the 2020 Moto2 season, as the Speed Up rider finished the final test of the preseason on top of the timesheets. The Spaniard was just over a tenth of a second faster than Remy Gardner on the final day of the test, and three tenths faster than his teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio.
Preseason testing has come to an end for the Moto3 class, with Honda holding the strongest cards ahead of the first race of the season to be held next Sunday. Honda Team Asia's Ai Ogura topped the final day of testing, the Japanese rider posting an identical time to Filip Salac of the Rivacold Snipers Team. Salac ended the test faster overal, however, by virtue of his fast time from yesterday.
Jorge Martin's recovery from injury continues apace, the Red Bull KTM Ajo ending the second day of testing in Qatar nearly a third of a second clear of the rest of the grid. Remy Gardner ended the day as second quickest, building on a strong preseason, while Nicolo Bulega put the Gresini Kalex into third.