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Exciting battle in Moto2™ Practice

Exciting battle in Moto2™ Practice

Sam Lowes and Johann Zarco traded 1’59 laps against each other throughout FP3, with Tito Rabat focusing on long runs once again.

Free Practice 3 appeared to almost be a Qualifying session as both Lowes and Zarco traded fastest laps in the closing stages of the session. Zarco joined Lowes in the 1’59s as both riders pushed hard to set the fastest lap.

Lowes was able to improve on his own best time, and circuit best lap, dropping to an impressive 1’59.541s. This time is almost half a second faster than the best times from 2014 and Lowes is confident of fighting for pole tomorrow.

The Kalex is suiting Zarco and the Frenchman was able to deliver a steady stream of fast laps, as opposed to the flashes of speed he demonstrated last season. Not only is Zarco learning the Kalex, but his Ajo Motorsport team is also new to the bike and class. Despite being second, Zarco was able to post four laps in the 1’59 bracket, more than Lowes.

While Zarco and Lowes were duelling, Tito Rabat set about putting in another 20 lap long stint and posting impressive low times throughout, able to maintain low 2’00s laps despite on-track traffic. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider was able to join the 1’59 club on his last lap of the session. This pace is very promising ahead of Sunday evening and Rabat will be a threat in the race regardless.

Axel Pons continued to surprise many by once again finishing inside the top five, before crashing unhurt at the end of the session. AGR Teammate Jonas Folger was just behind, able to overcome much of the pressure he felt last season.

There were technical problems during the first half of practice for the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 duo of Rins and Salom, the latter having his clutch worked on for much of the session. Salom showed signs of frustration inside the pit box after having to come in multiple times. Meanwhile Rins impressed, able to lap just 1.242s slower than Lowes and finish as the top rookie.

Fellow rookie Alex Marquez also continued to adjust well to the Moto2™ class, able to cut a second off his time from yesterday with a helpful tow from teammate Rabat. Both Rins and Marquez have made strong progress in the class, going about their business quietly.

Despite Lowes leading on a Speed Up, it was otherwise Kalex who dominated, as Louis Rossi on the Tech 3 frame was the only other non-Kalex rider in the top 15. 2015 sees 22 Kalex Moto2 machines line up on the grid after the success of the Marc VDS team last year.

Click here for the combined practice session results.

 

Tags:
Moto2, 2015, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, FP3

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