Moto2: Sam Lowes Continues Great Form Topping Friday’s Combined Times
Marc VDS’ Sam Lowes has picked up where he left off in Aragon, claiming top spot at the Alcaniz round after challenging Friday sessions.
Once again, Sam Lowes came straight out of the box setting fastest laps consistently in Free Practice One on the hard tyre. In Free Practice Two Sam ran the new soft tyre Dunlop have brought this weekend and set the fastest lap of the day with a 1:51.920. Although Sam did suffer a crash at turn eight causing the second Red Flag of the session after Edgar Pons crashed at the same corner previously in the session. Sam will be looking to break his lap record from last weekend with the new soft rear tyre. Can the Brit take his tenth Moto2 pole position tomorrow?
Marco Bezzecchi was Sam’s closest championship rival, but the SKY VR46 rider was in 11th position after also having a crash, but at turn three in Free Practice Two. Marco has shown great pace once again today despite his position in the combined standings. Marco will be looking to improve his time in tomorrows Free Practice Three session to secure himself into Q2.
Enea Bastianini once again has had another quiet Friday Practice. The championship leader currently sits in 14th position, the final Q2 position. Enea will have to improve his lap time to have a safe place in Q2. Enea has mostly worked on improving his race pace and like the other riders testing out the new Dunlop soft rear tyre.
It was a dreadful day for Luca Marini as the former championship leader sits in an appalling 23rd position. This is not how the SKY VR46 rider was planning to start this race weekend. Luca will need to find something tomorrow for any chance of getting into Q2; he can’t afford to risk running in Q1.
It was a very strong day for the Lightech Speed Up team as at the end of day one, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio sit in second and fourth position. Jorge had a little set back in Free Practice One with a small crash at turn eight but finished the session in eighth place. Then in the afternoon session managed to be the only other rider to be in the 1:51.9s with Sam Lowes. Jorge has shown great pace this year but has been unlucky with crashes. Can the Spaniard take his first podium of the season?
Fabio Di Giannantonio was fast all day having no problems finishing both sessions inside the top four. Fabio was plagued by turn two in last weekends race, he’ll be looking to rectify that an take his first win in Moto 2, but first he’ll need to secure himself a good grid position in Q2.
Nicolo Bulega has been struggling to get the pace he was on last year, but he’s made a great step from last weeks round and currently sits in ninth position overall just ahead of his teammate Edgar Pons in tenth. Nicolo has shown good qualifying pace over the past two years in Moto2 but has struggled to convert it in the race. Can Nicolo continue to improve and take his first top ten finish of the season?
Jake Dixon continues to impress as the Brit who will continue with Petronas Sprinta Racing next season finished Friday in seventh position. Jake finished in fourth and seventh in both Free Practice sessions and has done runs on both sets of tyres for the race. Last week Jake didn’t have much time to practice race runs, due to trying to find a comfortable setup. But with Jake being able to do more race runs, can Jake use the experience of last Sunday and today to take his maiden podium in Moto2?
Free Practice Three will be crucial for the championship contenders to get into Q2 as three out of the four are in danger of going through Q1. Who will be able to snatch the Q2 spots in tomorrows session at 11:55 (GMT+2)?
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