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Moto2 Qatar: Lowes takes control in Qatar

Sam Lowes stays out of trouble, sets a new best time for Moto2 to lead as practice draws to a close at the Qatar season-opener.
Sam Lowes rekindled his strong test form to finish practice on top, both in FP3 and overall when the practice sessions are combined.

Halfway through the session the Gresini man hit the top and chipped away at his time to then post a 1m 59.262s lap, bettering all-comers so far this weekend, while also seeming to solve his crash issues in a smooth consistent session for the Briton.

Until then Tom Luthi had lead the way, the Swiss Interwetten man seemed in much more of an aggressive mode on track, with his time remaining good enough for second in the session.

Lorenzo Baldassarri rode his Forward Racing machine solo for most of the forty minutes, needing no assistance to secure third.

Marcel Schrotter put in lap after lap as he searched for a fast pace which he found for the AGR Team in fourth, with yesterdays frontrunner Jonas Folger just behind him on the timesheets in fifth for Dynavolt Intact GP.

Reigning Moto2 champion Johann Zarco had another quiet session, slipping into sixth for Ajo Motorsport, while Taka Nakagami squeezed in a final fast lap as the clock ticked down to claim seventh.

Hafizh Syahrin set the eighth best time for Petronas Raceline Malaysia.

Alex Rins tested his personal limits and those of the track when he held on to his bucking Paginas Amarillas HP40 machine, taking it on a long scenic trip through the Losail gravel on his way to ninth.

His old Moto3 rival Alex Marquez put his off-season injuries behind him as he secured tenth for EG 0,0 Marc VDS.

Brothers Edgar and Axel Pons managed to post identical lap times for 19th and 20th respectively, with younger Edgar placed ahead of his older, injured brother.

Efren Vazquez remains last as he perseveres with the sole Suter left in the field for JPMoto Malaysia.

The crash-free session lead to improvements for most with Just Folger and Rins setting better times on Thursday from the leading riders.

The overall combined standings after all sessions are therefore similar to today's result with the top five in the same position, Rins in sixth with Thursday's time pushing Zarco, Nakagami and Syahrin down a place, with Morbidelli's time from yesterday completing the practice top ten.

Danny Kent improved to 13th for the Leopard team after following Nakagami's lead on track placing him 15th overall.

Top rookie on the day was Xavi Vierge in 15th for Tech 3 with Luca Marini (Forward Racing) top after both days are combined in 14th overall.
by Lisa Lewis


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