The heat of the Qatari morning did not change much the ranking of the times that we had seen at the end of the second free practice session, which effectively decreed direct access to Q2 of today’s qualifying. On Friday he announced a duel between Sam Lowes and Marco Bezzecchi, who divided the two rounds and, as expected, the times were confirmed higher this morning than yesterday afternoon.
None of the riders have improved their time and the combined remains unchanged, but the ranking of the times of the third round sees Aron Canet in the lead. The Spaniard, last of the Q2 qualifiers, stops the clock at 2’00 ”335, taking the first position in the final stages of the session. The Aspar team driver precedes Joe Roberts, also qualified and second three tenths from Canet.
Fabio Di Giannantonio was unable to grab the qualification yesterday, but today he moves into third position in front of compatriot Celestino Vietti. The pilot of the Sky Racing Team VR46 amazes, who pays 348 thousandths from the top but closes the third round with the fourth time. Vietti also puts the big favorite for the Qatar Grand Prix behind him: Sam Lowes does not go beyond fifth place but nevertheless remains at the top of the combined standings. Behind the Brit we find Albert Arenas, who completes a good lap in the final and moves to sixth position.
Marcel Schrotter, qualified for Q2, stops in seventh position, ahead of Remy Gardner, eighth. Marco Bezzecchi, on the other hand, remains more late in the third free practice session and closes in ninth position. The Italian, however, reaches the qualification with the second time in the combined and this makes him the first rival of Lowes. Closes the top 10 Nicolò Bulega, who pays more than half a second from the top.
To find the other Italians you have to scroll through the ranking: Lorenzo Dalla Porta climbs up the slope in the morning of Losail and is 13th, while Tony Arbolino is 15th and qualified for Q2. Great debut in Moto2 for the Italian, who grabs the second qualifying phase on his debut. Stefano Manzi is 18th, while Yari Montella is 20th. Simone Corsi is struggling a lot, who despite the pain in his chest due to a cracked rib takes to the track and is 22nd. Lorenzo Baldassarri, on the other hand, is very late and does not go beyond the 28th time trial.