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Lowes leads Gardner, Martin at Losail as Day 2 ends

Briton fastest from the Australian and reigning Moto3™ Champion on the penultimate day of testing in Qatar

Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) tops the timesheets on Day 2 of the Qatar Test after the British rider set a 1:58.824, as he and second place Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) were the only two riders to dip below the 1:59 bracket.

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Gardner finished 0.055 off Lowes at the end of the penultimate day of preseason testing for the intermediate class in Losail, as conditions improved on Saturday after a blustery start to the test on Friday. Reigning Moto3™ World Champion Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) set the third fastest time on Day 2, his 1:59.039 put him 0.215 off Lowes’ benchmark.

Fourth was Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), 0.295 from P1 and 0.049 ahead of his teammate Xavi Vierge, the Spaniard rounding out the top five. Sixth went the way of SKY Racing Team VR46’s Luca Marini, the Italian 0.463 slower than Lowes, with Jorge Navarro (+Ego Speed Up) seventh.

Eighth and ninth on Saturday was Dynavolt Intact GP paring Marcel Schrötter and Tom Luthi, the duo 0.546 and 0.562 off respectively, while rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio completed the top ten – 0.583 covering the Italian from Lowes.

Marco Bezzecchi (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) and Xavi Cardelus (Angel Nieto Team) crashed on Day 2 – riders ok.

The Moto2™ riders now have one day of testing remaining before next week’s Qatar GP. Keep up to date with the times on Sunday with Live Timing.

Top ten on Day 2:
1. Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) 1:58.824
2. Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) + 0.055
3. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.215
4. Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) + 0.295
5. Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) + 0.344
6. Luca Marini (SKY Racing Team VR46) + 0.463
7. Jorge Navarro (+Ego Speed Up) + 0.506
8. Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) + 0.546
9. Tom Luthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) + 0.562
10. Fabio Di Giannantonio (+Ego Speed Up) + 0.583

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