Gardner fastest on Day 1 of official Moto2 test

Moto2 fast man Remy Gardner

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Remy Gardner has gone fastest on Day 1 of Moto2’s official pre-season test in Qatar.

Having set the pace for his new team in a private test at Portimao earlier in the month, Gardner was more than a quarter of a second faster than the rest in Losail.

The Sydney-born rider clocked a 1:59.074s in Session 3, which kicked off at 18:00 local time and saw much faster running than the earlier two hit-outs which unfolded in the heat of the day.

For reference, that time from the new KTM junior was less than a second away from the 1:58.136s with which Joe Roberts secured pole position at last year’s Qatar event.

It was also 0.269s faster than next-best in testing so far, namely Inde Aspar Team’s Aron Canet, while Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Team) was a further 0.211s further back.

All 30 riders’ respective fastest laps were set in Session 3, with fourth-fastest through ninth- being Sam Lowes, Nicolo Bulega, Xavi Vierge, Marcel Schrotter, Augusto Fernandez, and Jake Dixon.

Gardner’s team-mate, Raul Fernandez, was fastest rookie in 10th position with a 1:59.990s, making him the second-last rider within a second of the Australian’s benchmark.

Moto3 honours went to Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta), who lapped the Losail International Circuit in times as fast as a 2:05.750s.

Testing continues this evening (AEDT).

Day 1: Losail Official Test

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Fastest lap Sess. Gap 1st/Prev
1 87 Remy GARDNER AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:59.074 D1S3
2 44 Aron CANET ESP Inde Aspar Team Boscoscuro 1:59.343 D1S3 0.269/0.269
3 16 Joe ROBERTS USA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:59.554 D1S3 0.480/0.211
4 22 Sam LOWES GBR Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:59.574 D1S3 0.500/0.020
5 11 Nicolo BULEGA ITA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:59.583 D1S3 0.509/0.009
6 97 Xavi VIERGE ESP Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 1:59.634 D1S3 0.560/0.051
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex 1:59.869 D1S3 0.795/0.235
8 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ ESP Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:59.914 D1S3 0.840/0.045
9 96 Jake DIXON GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 1:59.916 D1S3 0.842/0.002
10 25 Raul FERNANDEZ ESP Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:59.990 D1S3 0.916/0.074
11 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:59.998 D1S3 0.924/0.008
12 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team Kalex 2:00.132 D1S3 1.058/0.134
13 24 Simone CORSI ITA MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta 2:00.166 D1S3 1.092/0.034
14 35 Somkiat CHANTRA THA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 2:00.166 D1S3 1.092
15 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team Kalex 2:00.184 D1S3 1.110/0.018
16 72 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 2:00.232 D1S3 1.158/0.048
17 14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex 2:00.242 D1S3 1.168/0.010
18 79 Ai OGURA JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 2:00.311 D1S3 1.237/0.069
19 62 Stefano MANZI ITA Pons HP 40 Kalex 2:00.346 D1S3 1.272/0.035
20 40 Hector GARZO ESP Pons HP 40 Kalex 2:00.462 D1S3 1.388/0.116
21 9 Jorge NAVARRO ESP MB Conveyors Speed Up Boscoscuro 2:00.464 D1S3 1.390/0.002
22 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 2:00.517 D1S3 1.443/0.053
23 75 Albert ARENAS ESP Inde Aspar Team Boscoscuro 2:00.728 D1S3 1.654/0.211
24 13 Celestino VIETTI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 2:00.791 D1S3 1.717/0.063
25 6 Cameron BEAUBIER USA American Racing Kalex 2:00.844 D1S3 1.770/0.053
26 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta 2:00.907 D1S3 1.833/0.063
27 42 Marcos RAMIREZ ESP American Racing Kalex 2:00.961 D1S3 1.887/0.054
28 5 Yari MONTELLA ITA MB Conveyors Speed Up Boscoscuro 2:01.024 D1S3 1.950/0.063
29 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS NTS RW Racing GP NTS 2:01.416 D1S3 2.342/0.392
30 70 Barry BALTUS BEL NTS RW Racing GP NTS 2:03.016 D1S3 3.942/1.600

Top Moto2 rookie Raul Fernandez

Moto3 pace-setter Darryn Binder

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