Schrötter secures second position on Friday in Qatar & scary moment for Lüthi
It was a super start into the Grand Prix weekend in Qatar for Marcel Schrötter, who finished session one on Friday as the fastest and session two in second position. Tom Lüthi however had to digest his first crash.
Marcel Schrötter had an impressive start into the first racing weekend of the season. Already in the first afternoon-session under the heating sun of Qatar and 28°C he flipped to the top spot in the first free practice of the Moto2-class at the Losail International Circuit, leading the field with almost two tenths of a second advantage.
Under the floodlights of the evening session the 26-years-old was strong again, despite the use of old tyres during his last attack, he was able to gain the best lap time once more with a 1:58.869. Only the Italian Lorenzo Baldassarri was able to hit back in the last nick of time and displaced the Intact GP rider to the second spot.
Tom Lüthi changed positions with his teammate at the top of the field on today's hot afternoon a couple of times and finished the extremely tight session with three tenths of a second margin in fourth position.
During the second free practice of his Moto2-comeback he also was not far away, but at this time three tenths of a second already meant to be in tenth position. It was this position the Swiss was holding - thanks to his lap time of 1:59.211 - when he tried too much and had to accept a very first crash with his Kalex-Triumph machine in turn seven. Luckily the 32-years-old, who finished the day in 13th position, walked away uninjured.
1. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'59.591
2. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX - 1'59.784 (+0.193)
3. Bo BENDSNEYDER / NED / NTS - 1'59.920 (+0.329)
4. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'59.933 (+0.342)
1. Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / KALEX - 1'58.635
2. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'58.869 (+0.234)
3. Remy GARDNER / AUS / KALEX - 1'58.899 (+0.264)
13. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'59.211 (+0.576)