Lowes fastest in Qatar as Moto2 testing ends
Sam Lowes ended Moto2 pre-season testing at Qatar with the fastest time, beating nearest rival Tom Luthi by two tenths of a second.
British rider Lowes, who will be stepping up to MotoGP in 2017 with Aprilia, topped the timesheets in the ninth and final session at Losail aboard his Gresini-run Kalex with a 1m59.405s.
That was enough to depose Interwetten rider Luthi, whose best time was set on Sunday's penultimate session, by 0.203s in the final reckoning. The Swiss rider had also set the pace on the second day.
Jonas Folger (Intact Kalex) was second quickest behind Lowes in the final session, albeit missed on overhauling Luthi for the second best time overall by 0.044s.
Pons rider Alex Rins set the pace on the opening day of the test, but slumped to fourth in the final reckoning, just 0.008s clear of Forward Racing's Lorenzo Baldassarri.
Honda Team Asia rider Takaaki Nakagami completed the top half-dozen, marginally ahead of the second Intact bike of Sandro Cortese and reigning champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Kalex), the last man within a second of pacesetter Lowes.
Marc VDS riders Alex Marquez and Franco Morbidelli completed the Top 10, the latter just pushing Moto3 champion Danny Kent (Leopard Kalex) to 11th.
Simone Corsi (Speed Up) was the best of the non-Kalex riders in 12th place.
Combined testing times (Top 10):
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