Sam Lowes tops Moto2 Testing in Qatar
Fenati takes the spoils in Moto3

Sam Lowes’ Moto2 time recorded during the weekend’s official Moto2 test session in Qatar was quick enough to have put him on pole for the MotoGP race that took place at Qatar in 2004. The new Triumph powered era of Moto2, with the much larger 765cc triple-cylinder engine compared to the CBR600RR based powerplant used in previous seasons, will surely see Moto2 lap records fall dramatically this season.

Qatar Test Moto Lowes
Sam Lowes

The Briton’s 1m58.439s on the final day enough to beat second place Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) by a significant 0.224 seconds. Lowes’ times was more than half-a-second under the Moto2 qualifying lap record, and almost a full-second under the race lap record for the intermediate class at Losail. In fact the top 10 were under the qualifying lap record, and 19 riders were all under the previous race lap record at the 5.38 km circuit.

Qatar Test Moto Remy Gardner
Remy Gardner

Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) continued his impressive pre-season speed with third, 0.316 off P1. Gardner was fast in every session across all of the three days in Qatar, and was also well under the previous lap record. The young Australian was a full 2.5-seconds quicker on the SAG backed Kalex framed machine than he had managed last year on the Tech3 machine during qualifying for the Grand Prix of Qatar.

Fourth went the way of Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40), on 1m58.775s, with Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) just another 0.030 back in fifth.

Qatar Test Moto Navarro
Jorge Navarro

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’ Xavi Vierge ended the three-day test just ahead of Jorge Navarro (+Ego Speed Up) and Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) as the three Spaniards occupy sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

Ninth went to Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46), his 1:58.980 putting him 0.541 off Lowes, with Day 1’s fastest rider Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) completing the top ten.

Moto2 Official Test Times – Qatar 2019

Pos Rider Motorcycle Time Diff
1 Sam LOWES KALEX 1:58.439 0.000
2 Tom LUTHI KALEX 1:58.663 0.224
3 Remy GARDNER KALEX 1:58.755 0.316
4 Augusto FERNANDEZ KALEX 1:58.757 0.318
5 Marcel SCHROTTER KALEX 1:58.787 0.348
6 Xavi VIERGE KALEX 1:58.880 0.441
7 Jorge NAVARRO SPEED UP 1:58.923 0.484
8 Alex MARQUEZ KALEX 1:58.948 0.509
9 Luca MARINI KALEX 1:58.980 0.541
10 Brad BINDER KTM 1:58.999 0.560
11 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1:59.042 0.603
12 Iker LECUONA KTM 1:59.200 0.761
13 Nicolo BULEGA KALEX 1:59.226 0.787
14 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA KALEX 1:59.306 0.867
15 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1:59.308 0.869
16 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI KALEX 1:59.325 0.886
17 Andrea LOCATELLI KALEX 1:59.335 0.896
18 Enea BASTIANINI KALEX 1:59.351 0.912
19 Fabio DI GIANNANTONI SPEED UP 1:59.491 1.052
20 Somkiat CHANTRA KALEX 1:59.734 1.295
21 Simone CORSI KALEX 1:59.829 1.390
22 Khairul Idham PAWI KALEX 2:00.148 1.709
23 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2:00.334 1.895
24 Joe ROBERTS KTM 2:00.414 1.975
25 Jake DIXON KTM 2:00.621 2.182
26 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 2:00.725 2.286
27 Dominique AEGERTER MV AGUSTA 2:00.896 2.457
28 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2:00.921 2.482
29 Philipp OETTL KTM 2:01.337 2.898
30 Stefano MANZI MV AGUSTA 2:01.564 3.125
31 Xavier CARDELUS KTM 2:01.656 3.217
32 Dimas Ekky PRATAMA KALEX 2:01.824 3.385



In Moto3, Romano Fenati (Snipers Team) ended the test at the top of the timesheets after going quickest on the final day, setting a best time of 2:05.285 to head teammate Tony Arbolino by 0.230. With many focusing on a fast lap – and some on trying to get a tow – it was a frantic final day of action.

Qatar Test Moto Fenati
Romano Fenat

All of the lightweight class riders, except the injured Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3), went quicker on the third and final day of testing at Losail International Circuit. But it was the Snipers Team duo who locked out the top two positions at the end of play, just like they have done on the previous two days.

Qatar Test Moto Arbolino
Tony Arbolino

Their closest challenger was Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), with 0.368 splitting him from Fenati in third.

Qatar Test Moto Canet
Aron Canet

Fourth fastest was Leopard Racing’s Lorenzo Dalla Porta, the only other rider within half a second of Fenati, with Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) completing a top five covered by 0.507 seconds.

Qatar Test Moto DallaPorta
Lorenzo Dalla Porta

John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) ended the test in sixth place with a best time of 2:05.899, the British rider sitting 0.131 ahead of seventh-placed Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing).

Qatar Test Moto John McPhee Sasaki
John McPhee

John McPhee

“We have had three very productive days here in Qatar. We already had a good base set-up for the bike after the Jerez test but we have kept working as a team to improve the feeling even more. I am very happy with how the team is working, they have all been fantastic and step by step we have improved the lap time and our race pace. These three days we mainly focused on race pace and race setting and I feel very comfortable and consistent over a long run. We treated the second session tonight as more like a qualifying session to see what lap time we could manage and we ended up happy with the lap time because I set it on my own. It is great to finish the last test of pre-season like this.”

Qatar Test Moto McPhee
John McPhee

Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) was eighth, just ahead of Sky Racing Team VR46 duo Dennis Foggia and rookie Celestino Vietti – it was ninth and tenth on the timesheets for the Italians respectively.

Moto3 Official Test Times – Qatar 2019

Pos Rider Motorcycle Time Diff
1 Romano FENATI HONDA 2:05.285 0.000
2 Tony ARBOLINO HONDA 2:05.515 0.230
3 Aron CANET KTM 2:05.653 0.368
4 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA HONDA 2:05.771 0.486
5 Niccolo ANTONELLI HONDA 2:05.792 0.507
6 John McPHEE HONDA 2:05.899 0.614
7 Marcos RAMIREZ HONDA 2:06.030 0.745
8 Tatsuki SUZUKI HONDA 2:06.090 0.805
9 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2:06.199 0.914
10 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2:06.200 0.915
11 Kaito TOBA HONDA 2:06.206 0.921
12 Alonso LOPEZ HONDA 2:06.243 0.958
13 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2:06.246 0.961
14 Albert ARENAS KTM 2:06.312 1.027
15 Ayumu SASAKI HONDA 2:06.341 1.056
16 Darryn BINDER KTM 2:06.503 1.218
17 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 2:06.558 1.273
18 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2:06.590 1.305
19 Ai OGURA HONDA 2:06.671 1.386
20 Vicente PEREZ KTM 2:06.787 1.502
21 Sergio GARCIA HONDA 2:06.975 1.690
22 Can ONCU KTM 2:06.984 1.699
23 Filip SALAC KTM 2:07.217 1.932
24 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2:07.227 1.942
25 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2:07.427 2.142
26 Riccardo ROSSI HONDA 2:07.992 2.707
27 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 2:08.084 2.799


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