GP Doha: Double for Sam Lowes and first podium for Raúl Fernández

A week later Sam Lowes and Remy Gardner have repeated positions in the Doha Moto2 GP with the pleasant news that the 20-year-old rookie from Madrid, Raúl Fernández, has climbed in his second race of the category to third position on the podium.

No rider in the history of Moto2 had conquered the first two races of the championship and Lowes has also done it from pole and now leads by 10 points over the Australian who has his third podium in a row counting his victory in Portimao’20. Fernández repeats the recent story of Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales who in their second race in the category also took the podium, although in the case of Maverick it was victory in Austin’14.

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From pole Sam Lowes, who again like a week ago came from a fall in the warm up, has lost the initiative with Bezzecchi while passing through the first corner with Remy Gardner and Raúl Fernández attentive and magnificent recovery of Augusto Fernández, fifth and gaining five positions. But those in front had something else and Arón Canet reacted when he passed the Mallorcan to try to hook up with the quartet, but they have not succeeded.

Lowes has taken the lead in the fourth lap with an attitude of breaking the race like a week ago and has facilitated the fight between Bezzecchi, Gardner and Raúl, beating the two Red Bull KTM Ajo riders to the Sky VR46 to get into positions podium and try to answer the pace of Lowes without bothering.

With seven to go Bezzecchi has dropped from the leading trio who continued to trace their lap times and the leader keeping those three tenths of an advantage over Gardner and very comfortable behind them until the rookie Fernández in search of three laps left him from his first podium in the category in his second Moto2 race.

With a fast lap in the race with two laps to go, Lowes sent a warning to Gardner, but the Australian responded with another in the next. The last lap was started by the Englishman with two tenths of advantage and although the Australian was hooked, it was not enough to put him on the wheel.

With regard to the Spanish, Augusto Fernández was sixth, Xavi Vierge ninth, Jorge Navarro 13th, Albert Arenas 15th and Héctor Garzó 16th. Arón Canet has fallen to five by the end when he was fighting in the group for fifth place and Marcos Ramírez has been dropped due to injury.