The British Sam lowes (Kalex) begins the 2021 season in almost the same way he practically did in 2020, warning his rivals of his intentions to fight for the Moto2 world title, and for this he managed to be the fastest in the first day of practice for the Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail circuit, as well as the only one to run in 1:58.
The Netherlands pilot Bo bendsneyder (Kalex) was the first to set a time below two minutes, but he was immediately overtaken by both Sam lowes (Kalex) like the Italian Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex), two of the contenders for the title in the season just begun, although still with more than half an hour of effective training, which only foreshadowed that the drivers would ride even much faster.
Lowes, a contender for the 2020 world title almost until the end of the year, set a best time of 1: 59.140 with just four tenths of a second clear of a chasing trio formed by the Briton Jake dixon, the Italian Marco Bezzecchi and the australian Remy gardner (Kalex), who were later surpassed by the Spanish Raul Fernandez (Kalex), who came second, three tenths behind the British.
Own Lowes was the first to break the barrier of minute and 59 seconds when rolling in 1: 58.959, with more than four tenths of a second over the American Joe Roberts (Kalex) and approaching his best time in the preseason tests (1: 58.655), although he scored Bezzecchi, was the one who in his next turn “scratched” a few thousandths to get second, but still in 1:59, barely a tenth of a second behind the English.
Actually that record of Sam lowes was already immovable, since none of his rivals could surpass him and with Marco Bezzecchi very close, after the leading duo were the American Joe Roberts the Spanish Xavier Vierge (Kalex), the Australian Remy Gardner and Bo Bendsneyder.
The Spanish debutante Raul Fernandez (Kalex) got eighth place just over four tenths of a second behind Lowes, while Jorge Navarro (Darkwood) was tenth, with Aron Canet (Darkwood) in the fourteenth square and Marcos Ramirez (Kalex), teammate of the American and debutant in the championship Cameron Beaubier, seventeenth.
The 2020 Moto3 world champion, the Spanish Albert Arenas (Boscoscuro), had to settle for twenty-first place, although it was much worse for Hector Garzó (Kalex) and Augusto Fernandez (Kalex), who finished 26th and next, respectively.