Moto2: Roberts dominates and Raúl Fernández (2nd) continues to grow

The American Joe Roberts (Kalex) dominated from start to finish the first day of practice for the Moto2 Portuguese Grand Prix being the fastest in the two rounds contested in the circuit of Portimao, in which the Spanish debutant Raúl Fernández (Kalex) He again demonstrated his unquestionable growth in the category by being second.

Fernández just finished three tenths of a second behind Joe Roberts, ahead of Spanish Aron Canet (Darkwood), who had a fall without consequences, and from the Australian Remu gardner (Kalex), with the world leader, the British Sam lowes (Kalex), seventh.

Although it did not take long to lead the British Sam Lowes (Kalex), who in just a few minutes was already at the front of the time table with a record of 1: 43.979, just 75 thousandths of a second slower than the record than by the tomorrow the American signed as the fastest Joe Roberts (Kalex).

Roberts He became the next protagonist, also at the end of the day, since a short time later he managed to lower his personal best time and that of the category to shoot in 1: 43.144, with the Spanish Raul Fernandez (Kalex) and Aron Canet (Darkwood) behind him, just over four tenths of a second.

Canet He was a prominent protagonist, although involuntary, because in turn five he tried to endure a fall from his motorcycle, which in the end he could not avoid, when he entered the final ten minutes of the session and was in fourteenth place, which he lost shortly after, although he was able to return to his workshop and repair quickly to get back on the track and finish among the best.

The final stage and with the absence of the announced rain, did not produce too many changes in a table that the American dominated with an iron hand Joe Roberts, seconded by a cash Raúl Fernández, who in his third career has already shown to have clearly “taken the pulse” of the category, ahead of more established “names” such as those of Arón Canet, Remy Gardner, Marco Bezzecchi, Héctor Garzó or Sam Lowes.

He improved remarkably in the final section, as he was out of the second classification, the Spanish Albert Arenas (Darkwood), world champion of Moto3 in 2020, who finished eighth, ahead of the German Marcel schrotter (Kalex), Xavier Vierge (Kalex), Jake Dixon (Kalex), Yari Montella (Boscoscuro), Augusto Fernández (Kalex) and the Thai Somkiat Chantra (Kalex), who surprisingly became the leader of the second session in the opening minutes.

The Spaniards were left out of the second classification Marcos Ramirez (Kalex), convalescing from the small fracture that occurred in the right humerus in Qatar, Jorge Navarro (Boscoscuro) and Miquel Pons (MV Agusta), substitute for the injured Italian driver Simone corsi. EFE