Nakagami Finishes Thursday In Front At Losail


Takaaki Nakagami was the surprise pacesetter at the end of the opening day of Moto2 running at Losail ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix. The Japanese rider, who had shown impressive pace to go second in the first session, went one better in FP2 to deny Tuenti HP 40 a 1-2.

The Italtrans rider was on the pace immediately in the second session, going quicker than Pol Espargaro’s FP1 benchmark within eight minutes of the lights going green. A 2:01.406 saw to that but Esteve Rabat would quickly move ahead before the two started trading fastest times. Nakagami improved to a 2:01.294 before Espargaro finally hit the front twelve minutes from the end, however that only prompted an even faster lap from Pol who clocked a 2:01.110 lap to take back top spot.

The title favourite would only end the night in third place though as his teammate Rabat muscled ahead, even if he couldn’t quite break into the 2:00s bracket. Instead, that would be left to Nakagami whose final lap of the night would be a 2:00.924, a little under a tenth inside Esteve’s time.

Scott Redding was on the pace of the leading trio for much of the session, finishing a comfortable fourth, with Julian Simon ensuring a Kalex lockout of the top five, just as they had in the first session. Once again, Simone Corsi was the nearest challenger in sixth while Dominique Aegerter took over as the leading Suter rider in seventh. Mika Kallio was eighth ahead of Alex De Angelis on the second Speed Up with former 125cc winner at this circuit, Nicolas Terol, rounding out the top ten.

While NGM Mobile Forward Racing got two of their riders into the top ten, one of their others had a session to forget as Mattia Pasini suffered a crash on his second timed lap. The Italian dived up the inside of Steven Odendaal before the front end of his Speed Up folded underneath him, sweeping up Odendaal in the process. Both riders were uninjured but neither could do better than 26th where Pasini ended up.

Danny Kent improved by a second and a half from the first session to finish 24th while Kyle Smith made a jump of almost two seconds to go 30th.

 

 Moto2 Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar: Combined Thursday Classification
Pos Rider Constructor Team Best Time
1  Takaaki Nakagami Kalex Italtrans Racing Team 2:00.924
2  Esteve Rabat Pons Kalex Tuenti HP 40 2:01.016
3  Pol Espargaro Pons Kalex Tuenti HP 40 2:01.110
4  Scott Redding Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team 2:01.433
5  Julian Simon Kalex Italtrans Racing Team 2:01.838
6  Simone Corsi Speed Up NGM Mobile Racing 2:01.846
7  Dominique Aegerter Suter Technomag carXpert 2:01.940
8  Mika Kallio Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team 2:01.981
9  Alex De Angelis Speed Up NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:02.051
10  Nicolas Terol Suter Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 2:02.121
11  Ratthapark Wilairot Suter Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 2:02.323
12  Axel Pons Pons Kalex Tuenti HP 40 2:02.527
13  Mike Di Meglio Motobi JIR Moto2 2:02.601
14  Marcel Schrotter Kalex Desguaces La Torre SAG 2:02.638
15  Sandro Cortese Kalex Dynavolt Intact GP 2:02.694
16  Randy Krummenacher Suter Technomag carXpert 2:02.755
17  Johann Zarco Suter Came IodaRacing Project 2:02.800
18  Toni Elias Kalex Blusens Avintia 2:02.843
19  Jordi Torres Suter Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 2:03.134
20  Louis Rossi Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing 2:03.145
21  Ricard Cardus Speed Up NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:03.181
22  Xavier Simeon Kalex Desguaces La Torre Zelos 2:03.208
23  Sergio Gadea Suter Interwetten Paddock 2:03.405
24  Danny Kent Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing 2:03.420
25  Anthony West Speed Up QMMF Racing Team 2:03.427
26  Mattia Pasini Speed Up NGM Mobile Racing 2:03.775
27  Yuki Takahashi Moriwaki Honda Racing Asia Tady 2:04.019
28  Doni Tata Pradita Suter Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 2:05.087
29  Alberto Moncayo Speed Up Arguiñano & Gines Racing 2:05.131
30  Kyle Smith Kalex Blusens Avintia 2:05.732
31  Steven Odendaal Speed Up Arguiñano & Gines Racing 2:06.120
32  Rafid Topan Sucipto Speed Up QMMF Racing Team 2:07.050