Lowes fastest in Qatar as Moto2 testing ends

Sam Lowes ended Moto2 pre-season testing at Qatar with the fastest time, beating nearest rival Tom Luthi by two tenths of a second.

British rider Lowes, who will be stepping up to MotoGP in 2017 with Aprilia, topped the timesheets in the ninth and final session at Losail aboard his Gresini-run Kalex with a 1m59.405s.

That was enough to depose Interwetten rider Luthi, whose best time was set on Sunday's penultimate session, by 0.203s in the final reckoning. The Swiss rider had also set the pace on the second day.

Jonas Folger (Intact Kalex) was second quickest behind Lowes in the final session, albeit missed on overhauling Luthi for the second best time overall by 0.044s.

Pons rider Alex Rins set the pace on the opening day of the test, but slumped to fourth in the final reckoning, just 0.008s clear of Forward Racing's Lorenzo Baldassarri.

Honda Team Asia rider Takaaki Nakagami completed the top half-dozen, marginally ahead of the second Intact bike of Sandro Cortese and reigning champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Kalex), the last man within a second of pacesetter Lowes.

Marc VDS riders Alex Marquez and Franco Morbidelli completed the Top 10, the latter just pushing Moto3 champion Danny Kent (Leopard Kalex) to 11th.

Simone Corsi (Speed Up) was the best of the non-Kalex riders in 12th place.

Combined testing times (Top 10):

Pos.RiderBikeDay 1Day 2Day 3
1  Sam Lowes Kalex 2m00.084s 1m59.926s 1m59.405s
2  Thomas Luthi Kalex 2m00.636s 1m59.680s 1m59.608s
3  Jonas Folger Kalex 2m00.266s 1m59.806s 1m59.652s
4  Alex Rins Kalex 2m00.071s 2m00.079s 1m59.762s
5  Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 2m01.097s 2m00.519s 1m59.770s
6  Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 2m00.131s 1m59.933s 1m59.815s
7  Sandro Cortese Kalex 2m01.487s 2m00.797s 1m59.927s
8  Johann Zarco Kalex 2m00.542s 2m00.296s 1m59.979s
9  Alex Marquez Kalex 2m01.125s 2m00.764s 2m00.129s
10  Franco Morbidelli Kalex 2m00.657s 2m00.585s 2m00.234s

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Series Moto2
Event Losail March testing
Track Losail International Circuit
Drivers Sam Lowes
Article type Testing report