The Moto2 ™ category has started the official competition at the Losail International circuit at a fast pace. The first free session of the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar has left the Swiss Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock) as the fastest of the group with a time of 2.01.284, not far from the best references in this scenario (Stefan Bradl scored the pole of 2011 with 2.00.168).
At the handlebar of his Suter, Luthi has moved Esteve Rabat (Pons 40 HP Tuenti) who had headed the classification until then, and his teammate Pol Espargaró, who has signed the third position certifying the good performance of the Kalex prepared by the team that runs Sito Pons. The pair of Barcelonians have left their best times at 0.402 and 0.641s. of the Swiss.
Very close to the first three, Marc Márquez (CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) has signed the fourth best record after staging a session from less to more. The Lleida has been among the fastest at the end of the trial, before saving a fall that has prevented him from launching a final attack on the chrono. His best record has placed him at 0.784s. of Luthi and preceding the Italians Simone Corsi (Came Iodaracing Project) and Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) and the duo of the Marc VDS Racing Team, Mika Kallio and Scott Redding, the men who have completed the top och, although both already more one second from the leader.
Julián Simón (Blusens Avintia) has started the campaign by signing 13th place. More delayed, the 2010 World Champion, Toni Elías (Mapfre Aspar Team) has registered the 19th fastest time, at 1,920 seconds of the best. In the final moments of the session the Swiss Marco Colandrea (SAG Team) went to the ground, in an incident without physical consequences.
Results Moto2 – Free practice 1