Thomas Luthi - Photo Credit:

Thomas Luthi - Photo Credit:


Thomas Luthi finished the opening day of the 2012 Moto2 season as the fastest man after dominating second practice in Qatar. The Swiss rider was the lone Suter in a top six otherwise made up of Kalex motorcycles but try as they might, no-one on the German-made chassis could overhaul Luthi.

The Interwetten-Paddock rider took over from early pacesetter Scott Redding and spent almost the entire session on top from that point. Esteve Rabat did have a brief spell ahead of him but was quickly usurped by Luthi, as well as Claudio Corti and Pol Espargaro in the closing stages. Redding dropped to fifth in the final reckoning with teammate Mika Kallio next up.

Marc Marquez stayed out of trouble to take seventh while Mike Di Meglio completed an impressive start to the season with eighth. Takaaki Nakagami was ninth on the second Italtrans Suter while Toni Elias showed his first signs of competitiveness on the Aspar machine in tenth.

Bradley Smith didn't run at the end of the session when the track was at its quickest and slipped out of the top ten, slipping to 15th. Tech 3 teammate Xavier Simeon was on the circuit but crashed out, leaving him one place further back in 16th.

Gino Rea also lost control of his motorcycle during the session and crashed his Moriwaki at the final corner. The Briton has only completed one flying lap at the time but re-joined the circuit late on to go 27th quickest.


Moto2 Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar: Combined Free Practice Times

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Thomas Luthi SWI Suter Interwetten-Paddock 2:00.767
2 Claudio Corti ITA Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +0.151
3 Pol Espargaro SPA Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +0.431
4 Esteve Rabat SPA Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +0.435
5 Scott Redding GBR Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +0.569
6 Mika Kallio FIN Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +0.593
7 Marc Marquez SPA Suter Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol +0.688
8 Mike Di Meglio FRA FTR S/Master Speed Up +0.757
9 Takaaki Nakagami JAP Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +0.863
10 Toni Elias SPA Suter Mapfre Aspar Team +1.059
11 Max Neukirchner GER Kalex Kiefer Racing +1.082
12 Julian Simon SPA FTR Blusens Avintia +1.119
13 Simone Corsi ITA FTR Came IodaRacing Project +1.132
14 Andrea Iannone ITA Speed Up Speed Master +1.302
15 Bradley Smith GBR Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +1.314
16 Xavier Simeon BEL Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +1.420
17 Alex De Angelis RSM Suter NGM Mobile Forward Racing +1.539
18 Dominique Aegerter SWI Suter Technomag-CIP +1.608
19 Johann Zarco FRA Motobi JIR Moto2 +1.678
20 Randy Krummenacher SWI Suter GP Team Switzerland +1.767
21 Ratthapark Wilairot THA Moriwaki Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 +1.828
22 Nicolas Terol SPA Suter Mapfre Aspar Team +1.911
23 Roberto Rolfo ITA Suter Technomag-CIP +1.963
24 Ricard Cardus SPA AJR Arguiñano Racing Team +2.150
25 Yuki Takahashi JAP Suter NGM Mobile Forward Racing +2.177
26 Angel Rodriguez SPA FTR SAG Team +2.585
27 Gino Rea GBR Moriwaki Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 +3.442
28 Axel Pons SPA Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +3.580
29 Anthony West AUS Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +4.885
30 Alexander Lundh SWE MZ FTR Cresto Guide MZ Racing +5.079
31 Marco Colandrea ITA FTR SAG Team +5.811
32 N. Al Malki (WC) QAT Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +6.119
33 Elena Rosell SPA Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +6.167
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