Qatar Moto2: Nakagami fastest with last minute lap

Published: 20 March 2014

A race to the chequered flag with the fastest Moto2 lap of the day has left Honda Asia rider Takaai Nakagami top of the time sheets after the opening day at Qatar, with the Japanese rider finishing up the day on a 2'00.522 lap.

Tito Rabat was only 0.052 behind, though, with former Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese only a further 0.095 behind that; only a second covered the top 15 in the notoriously close class.

Mika Kallio had a disappointing second session, dropping down to 11st after finishing the first outing on track in provisional pole.

Gino Rea improved on his morning time to finish in 26th as the Londoner continues to recover from a broken foot, while Sam Lowes was 25th, with a fast crash half way through the session reducing his time on track.

1 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 279.2 2'00.522 
2 53 Esteve RABAT SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 280.0 2'00.574 0.052 / 0.052
3 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 278.9 2'00.669 0.147 / 0.095
4 40 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Pons HP 40 Kalex 281.6 2'00.771 0.249 / 0.102
5 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag carXpert Suter 277.6 2'00.853 0.331 / 0.082
6 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Suter 279.5 2'00.910 0.388 / 0.057
7 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM Tasca Racing Moto2 Suter 278.3 2'00.932 0.410 / 0.022
8 5 Johann ZARCO FRA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing Caterham Suter 278.0 2'00.949 0.427 / 0.017
9 94 Jonas FOLGER GER AGR Team Kalex 277.9 2'00.967 0.445 / 0.018
10 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 282.2 2'01.039 0.517 / 0.072
11 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 276.5 2'01.101 0.579 / 0.062
12 3 Simone CORSI ITA NGM Forward Racing Forward KLX 274.0 2'01.219 0.697 / 0.118
13 54 Mattia PASINI ITA NGM Forward Racing Forward KLX 277.6 2'01.224 0.702 / 0.005
14 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 282.3 2'01.394 0.872 / 0.170
15 96 Louis ROSSI FRA SAG Team Kalex 276.4 2'01.410 0.888 / 0.016
16 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Tech 3 Tech 3 280.5 2'01.581 1.059 / 0.171
17 39 Luis SALOM SPA Pons HP 40 Kalex 282.3 2'01.615 1.093 / 0.034
18 60 Julian SIMON SPA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 276.7 2'01.630 1.108 / 0.015
19 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 275.2 2'01.717 1.195 / 0.087
20 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Gresini Moto2 Suter 277.3 2'01.745 1.223 / 0.028
21 81 Jordi TORRES SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 272.1 2'01.896 1.374 / 0.151
22 49 Axel PONS SPA AGR Team Kalex 278.4 2'02.108 1.586 / 0.212
23 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Tech 3 Tech 3 273.4 2'02.109 1.587 / 0.001
24 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 275.8 2'02.161 1.639 / 0.052
25 22 Sam LOWES GBR Speed Up Speed Up 274.1 2'02.275 1.753 / 0.114
26 8 Gino REA GBR AGT REA Racing Suter 278.0 2'02.296 1.774 / 0.021
27 25 Azlan SHAH MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 280.3 2'02.406 1.884 / 0.110
28 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI IodaRacing Project Suter 275.7 2'02.647 2.125 / 0.241
29 2 Josh HERRIN USA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing Caterham Suter 278.9 2'02.785 2.263 / 0.138
30 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex 279.3 2'02.860 2.338 / 0.075
31 97 Roman RAMOS SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 278.0 2'04.029 3.507 / 1.169
32 98 Mashel AL NAIMI QAT QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 278.9 2'04.191 3.669 / 0.162
33 70 Robin MULHAUSER SWI Technomag carXpert Suter 275.7 2'04.603 4.081 / 0.412
34 10 Thitipong WAROKORN THA APH PTT The Pizza SAG Kalex 274.8 2'04.643 4.121 / 0.040
35 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN Teluru Team JiR Webike TSR 269.9 2'05.388 4.866 / 0.745