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24 days ago
By motogp.com

Bezzecchi fastest in Moto2™'s maiden run out of the year

The Italian's 2:00.305 was enough to edge out Sam Lowes and Fabio DiGiannantonio to top the timesheets following FP1

Under the heat of the Qatar sun, Marco Bezzecchi (SKY Racing Team VR46) came out on top of FP1 thanks to a 2:00.305 as the Moto2™ class took to the track for a Grand Prix for the first time this season. The Italian edged out Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) by just under two hundredths, with Fabio DiGiannantonio (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) taking P3.

Bo Bendsnyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team), Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing) completed the Top 6 in the soaring heat, with less than four-tenths separating the six fastest riders.

Three rookies make it into the Top 10 with Albert Arenas (Inde Apsar Team) and Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) looking more than comfortable for P7 and P8 respectively, just ahead of Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team). Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) is the third debutant to make it inside the 10 quickest times of FP1, but he hit the asphalt late in the session for the first Grand Prix crash of the year in the intermediate class. 

Moto2™ will be back on track at 17.05 local time (GMT +3), make sure you follow all the action then!

Top 10:
 1. Marco Bezzecchi (SKY Racing Team VR46) – 2:00.305
 2. Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 0.016
 3. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) + 0.242
 4. Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) + 0.339
 5. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.363
 6. Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing) + 0.388
 7. Albert Arenas (Inde Aspar Team) + 0.517
 8. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.601
 9. Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 0.660
 10. Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) + 0.715

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