Moto 2: Sam Lowes Looks to Take a Double Win at the Losail International Circuit at the Doha Grand Prix
It was a weekend of dominance for Britain’s Sam Lowes who won the opening round of the season in stunning fashion and looks to repeat his dominance at Doha
Remy Gardner finished in second position at Qatar and will be looking to go one step further on the podium to take his second Moto 2 career victory. Remy had good race pace last weekend, but was halted by a poor start and having to make his through the pack, giving Sam Lowes time to extend a near two second gap. Can the Australian take it to the championship leader?
Federal Oil Gresini’s Fabio Di Giannantonio snatched third place from compatriot Marco Bezzecchi on the final lap to take a very emotional podium for the 22-year-old. Fabio will be looking to continue the great form and take a second consecutive podium at the Losail International Circuit.
SKY Racing VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi was frustrated to lose out on the podium positions on the last lap of the opening round. Marco is one of the title favourites for this season, and will be looking to rectify his problems from the first race. Can the Italian bounce back onto the top step of the podium to cement his title challenge.
Rookie Raul Fernandez took a stunning top five finish in his Moto 2 debut, showing strong early and mid race pace, but suffering with tyre wear at the end due to the lack of experience he has with the bike and tyres. With his extra knowledge and experience, Raul could prove to be a dark horse for the podium.
Italtrans Racing’s Joe Roberts started off his season in sixth position, a positive start for the American, but he’ll be wanting to break into the top five and fight for the podium as he did many times last season having being only six tenth of a second from cracking into the top five.
Petronas Sprinta Racing’s Jake Dixon put in an amazing performance, fighting through the pain of his wrist to start off 2021 with a seventh place; Jake will be looking to improve the performance because despite his injury, now he knows that he’s already done a race at the Losail International Circuit, it’ll give him the belief that he can get into the top five, and that once his wrist is fully healed, he’ll be consistently fighting at the front in attempts of achieving his maiden podium and win.
American Racing’s rookie Cameron Beaubier but in an impressive race performance in round one, coming from 22nd on the grid to fight his way through to finish the race in 11th position. Now that the American has a race under his belt and with more data, he’ll be looking to improve his qualifying performance in hopes of achieving his first top ten finish of the season.
Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team’s Bo Bendseyder was the big surprise in qualifying, achieving his first front-row start in Moto 2, but fell back during the race after being in second place into turn one. The Dutchman will now be looking to make steps with his race pace and tyre management, as he looks set to have his best Moto 2 season to date.
During last weeks Q1 session, Simone Corsi had a nasty high-side out of the final corner, resulting in a compound fracture of his left wrist, meaning he missed out on last weeks race and will have to miss out on this round also. Replacing him will be Tommaso Marcon who was originally set for a wildcard at Jerez, but the Italian from Padua will get his chance to race early in the second round of the season and will be looking to impress.
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