Two in a row for Lowes
MotoGP world championship - Grand Prix of Doha
Vainqueur pour la deuxième fois de suite au Qatar, Sam Lowes profite de ses deux succès pour s’installer confortablement en tête du championnat du monde Moto2.
In spite switching to a medium front tyre, Danilo Petrucci never managed to get among the front runners at the Losail circuit. Lacking the grip and acceleration to optimise the top speed of his machine, the KTM rider finished the race in 19th place. Disappointed by his result, Petrucci consoled himself with the fact that at least this time he managed to get across the final finish line. A feat is teammate failed to achieve, with Iker Lecuona crashing out ten laps from the finish.
Commented Hervé Poncharal: “We’ve had a difficult second weekend here in Doha. On a more positive note, the factory team riders improved their performance compared with last weekend. We are now looking forward to getting to Portimao for the next race. Even if it will be difficult to repeat last season’s victory, I am certain our riders will be more competitive in Portugal.”
Just like the week before, Sam Lowes once again enjoyed a perfect weekend in Doha. Pole position and victory, after leading for almost the entire race. Not since Jorge Lorenzo in 2007 has a rider so dominated the start of the season in the intermediate class. Explained the Elf Marc VDS team rider: “It was a tough race because Gardner kept up the pressure the whole time. But I feel I’ve really made progress because I managed to stay focused and relaxed on the bike. I’m feeling good and that is promising for the rest of the championship.” After a difficult first weekend, Augusto Fernandez was much more on form at the Grand Prix of Doha. “I am very happy and I think we are on the right track,” declared the Spaniard after crossing the finish line in sixth place. “The end of the race was intense and I got my confidence back. Little by little we are getting back to our best level.”
After crashing out of the first weekend in Qatar, the KTM Tech 3 riders were determined to make amends for the second race to be run at the Losail circuit. Ayumu Sasaki managed to finish seventh after having long time been in the wake of the lead group. “Unfortunately there was a crash in front of me, five laps from the end and that caused me to lose touch,” commented the Japanese rider. “It was vital that I made it to the finish after last weekend’s performance. That is why I didn’t go as fast as I could have, I didn’t want to crash out again.” Penalised during practice and forced to start from pit lane, Deniz Öncü finished in eighteenth place after having posted promising lap times throughout the race.
|MOTO2||Sam Lowes||1st||1st (50 points)|
|Augusto Fernandez||6th||7th (12 points)|
|MOTO3||Ayumu Sasaki||7th||14th (9 points)|