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Moto2™’s first session of 2016 topped by Luthi

Moto2™’s first session of 2016 topped by Luthi

After two official tests it was Tom Luthi who led the first Moto2™ practice of 2016 followed by Lowes and Zarco.

Having only just finished testing at the circuit under a week ago, riders in the Moto2™ World Championship entered the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar with a solid base setting. With their base already established, riders were able to focus on refining their setup and many of the intermediate class riders were already close to their best pace from testing within just a few laps.

Tom Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) was on the pace immediately, dipping below the 2’00s barrier within his first four laps. This lap produced a 1’59.731, the fastest time of the session and the fastest time overall.

Unable to quite match the pace of the Swiss rider, Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) ended Free Practice 1 in second and 0.179s behind. With just over six minutes of the session remaining, Lowes became the first faller of the year after losing the front on a fast lap. This ended the Brits session.

Making big improvements after a lacklustre showing during the Qatar Test, reigning Moto2™ World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) was able to fight his way to third. The Frenchman was within just a quarter of a second of his rivals with a 1’59.977.

Fourth and fifth were Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team) were fourth and fifth. Folger is aiming to repeat his impressive 2015 victory here in Qatar, having also been strong during testing.

Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia), Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing), Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) and Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) were all inside the top ten.

Full results and lap times are viewable here.

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