Moto2: Lowes Back on Top with Pole

Published on June 19, 2022
By Admin

A much-missed Sam Lowes returns to the fight in Sachsenring, ahead of Albert Arenas and Augusto Fernandez. 

After his streak of bad luck continued last time out in Catalunya, perhaps the Brit will get lucky this time around in scorching Germany. 

Fresh out of the box into Q2, it was Albert Arenas who claimed the top spot early on. The Spaniard’s time of 1:23.765 proved to be enough to hold onto provisional Pole for the opening half of the session. With Jake Dixon claiming P2 before the pack entered the pits, it looked to be a GASGAS Aspar Team 1-2, as the other Brit in the intermediate class looks to continue his success after a solid P4 last time out in Spain. 

While the Aspar duo entered the pits with 6 minutes remaining, the majority of the grid made its way back onto the asphalt for Run 2 of the session, and it wasn’t long before Arenas was dethroned from the top, as Sam Lowes struck Pole with a time almost 3 tenths faster than the Spaniard. Lowes’ time of 1:23.493 was enough for the Brit to hold onto the front for the remainder of the session. 

Albert Arenas was able to keep his P2 position with his early flyer at the beginning of the session holding firm, with Augusto Fernandez stealing the final front-row spot in the final minutes, pushing Dixon back to fourth place on the grid. 

Home hero Marcel Schrötter continues to rise through the ranks, as the German claims P5 ahead of Aron Canet. Tony Arbolino heads Row 3 with title leader Celestino Vietti behind in 8th, the Mooney VR46 Racing Team rider successfully fought through Q1, but failed to make a solid mark in the second session. Joe Roberts rounds out the third row in 9th, and fellow American Cameron Beaubier closes out the Top 10. 

Vietti’s rival Ai Ogura will have his work cut out from 14th on the grid, the Japanese rider currently sits 16 points behind in the title race. 

Will the championship contenders make their marks in Germany, or will Sam Lowes finally return to the top spot of the podium?

Moto2’s Race will begin at 12:20pm Local Time (GMT +2).

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