Reviews Moto2 Aragon 2 FT1: Marc-VDS duo at the top, Schrötter only on P15
Joe Roberts will leave American Racing for another team in the Moto2 series
After a breakthrough with pole positions and a podium this season, Joe Roberts will be leaving ART to join another Moto2 team in 2021.The Malibu, California, native has enjoyed a breakthrough at ART this year, opening 2020 by becoming the first American in a decade to win a pole position in MotoGP’s intermediate class. Roberts also won pole positions last week at Le Mans and in August at the Czech Republic, where he finished on the podium.
Augusto Fernandez was able to defeatprevailed against his Marc VDS teammate Sam Lowes and relegated him to second place with a best time of 1: 52.623 minutes. Third place went to Fabio Di Giannantonio (speed-up).
In dry and slightly warmer conditions than a week ago (20 degrees air, 25 degrees asphalt temperature), Lowes set the pace early on. Already in his sixth lap, the Kalex driver and two-time winner of the season took the lead and held the position there until a few minutes before the end of the session.
Le Mans Moto2: Lowes gets first win since 2016
Ex-Aprilia MotoGP rider Sam Lowes scored his first Moto2 win since 2016 at Le Mans, aided by fellow Briton Jake Dixon crashing out of the lead. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Sam Lowes, Marc VDS Racing On a still slightly damp track, the race bizarrely started without poleman Joe Roberts in position, as the American Racing rider suffered a bike problem ahead of the warm-up lap and didn’t catch up to the back of the pack before the red lights went out.
It was only in the final phase that his best time was in jeopardy when Marc VDS team mate Fernandez found himself in a strong rhythm and finally drove 0.134 seconds faster than Lowes. The latter no longer had an answer.
This put the Aragon 1 winner in second place, followed by Di Giannantonio, who was able to build on his good form from the previous week. In Aragon 1, the speed-up driver was on the podium course until his racing crash. In the first free practice this time he was 0.365 seconds short of the top duo.
Jake Dixon (Kalex) finished the session in fourth, almost four tenths of a second behind. With Joe Roberts, Lorenzo Baldassarri and Marco Bezzecchi, three more Kalex pilots followed in fifth to seventh place. With Jorge Navarro, who caused the only fall of the session, a second speed-up was in eighth place in the top 10.
These were rounded off by Remy Gardner and Luca Marini (both Kalex). World Championship leader Enea Bastianini (Kalex) narrowly missed the top 10 in eleventh place. Only 74 thousandths separated him from Marini. His gap to the fastest time was 0.798 seconds.
The IntactGP duo Marcel Schrötter and Tom Lüthi (both Kalex) did not get past places 15 and 22 in the morning. Schrötter was a good nine tenths off the lead, Lüthi was already more than a second. So there is not much work ahead of them.
WSBK Magny-Cours FT2: Yamaha best time, top 3 within 0.084 seconds .
Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff set the best time of the day on Friday - World champion Jonathan Rea just beaten - numerous falls in the final phase The first day of training in Magny -Cours ended with a surprise. Until shortly before the end it looked as if World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) would lead the ranking in the FT2 for the result after his impressive FT1 best time. But then GRT Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff pushed himself to the top with his previous year's R1.