Along with the MotoGP and 125GP qualifying events, Qatar is playing host this weekend to the first running of the Moto2 race class, which is replacing the 250GP race action from this day forward. 41 riders were on hand for qualifying on Saturday, and despite the large field of entry, only 4.4 seconds separates all these racers (3.5 seconds if you drop Bernat Martinez and his last position Bimota). While the names may be unfamiliar, the racing is sure to be extremely close (we can’t even fathom what Turn 1 is going to look like).

There are a few familiar faces though, namely Toni Elias who took the very first pole position of the new racing class. Another familiar name is Alex de Angelis, who will start from the second row in 4th position, after being ousted from hit MotoGP rider last year. As we get to know the riders of Moto2 we’ll also see a vetting process on which manufacturer put together the best chassis for the single motor class.

A quick look at the qualifying sheet, and it seems that there is no one bike that stands above the rest of the field. Our best guess would at least peg the Suter machine as being the best bang-for-the-buck, with three bikes in the Top 10 and being the cheapest bike in the paddock. Tech3 as a team is looking very strong, but of course we still have Sunday’s race day to see where the proof is in the pudding. We can’t wait.

Results from Moto2 Qualifying at the Losail International Circuit at Doha, Qatar:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff. to Prev.
1 24 Toni ELIAS MORIWAKI 2’01.904
2 60 Julian SIMON RSV 2’02.032 0.128 0.128
3 65 Stefan BRADL SUTER 2’02.038 0.134 0.006
4 15 Alex DE ANGELIS FORCE GP210 2’02.101 0.197 0.063
5 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI TECH 3 2’02.295 0.391 0.194
6 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 2’02.366 0.462 0.071
7 35 Raffaele DE ROSA TECH 3 2’02.560 0.656 0.194
8 6 Alex DEBON FTR 2’02.759 0.855 0.199
9 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA SUTER 2’02.771 0.867 0.012
10 25 Alex BALDOLINI I.C.P. 2’02.866 0.962 0.095
11 40 Sergio GADEA PONS KALEX 2’02.881 0.977 0.015
12 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 2’02.883 0.979 0.002
13 63 Mike DI MEGLIO RSV 2’02.896 0.992 0.013
14 2 Gabor TALMACSI SPEED UP 2’02.916 1.012 0.020
15 59 Niccolo CANEPA FORCE GP210 2’03.002 1.098 0.086
16 12 Thomas LUTHI MORIWAKI 2’03.041 1.137 0.039
17 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 2’03.129 1.225 0.088
18 75 Mattia PASINI MOTOBI 2’03.155 1.251 0.026
19 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT BIMOTA 2’03.192 1.288 0.037
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 2’03.232 1.328 0.040
21 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 2’03.258 1.354 0.026
22 41 Arne TODE SUTER 2’03.341 1.437 0.083
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM RSV 2’03.346 1.442 0.005
24 10 Fonsi NIETO MORIWAKI 2’03.390 1.486 0.044
25 52 Lukas PESEK MORIWAKI 2’03.531 1.627 0.141
26 3 Simone CORSI MOTOBI 2’03.588 1.684 0.057
27 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR-MOTO2 2’03.635 1.731 0.047
28 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 2’03.725 1.821 0.090
29 53 Valentin DEBISE ADV 2’03.752 1.848 0.027
30 9 Kenny NOYES PROMOHARRIS 2’03.792 1.888 0.040
31 80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 2’04.301 2.397 0.509
32 55 Hector FAUBEL SUTER 2’04.417 2.513 0.116
33 61 Vladimir IVANOV MORIWAKI 2’04.470 2.566 0.053
34 5 Joan OLIVE PROMOHARRIS 2’04.476 2.572 0.006
35 21 Vladimir LEONOV SUTER 2’04.579 2.675 0.103
36 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 2’04.629 2.725 0.050
37 95 Mashel AL NAIMI BQR-MOTO2 2’04.871 2.967 0.242
38 96 Anthony DELHALLE BQR-MOTO2 2’04.912 3.008 0.041
39 8 Anthony WEST HONDA 2’05.362 3.458 0.450
40 88 Yannick GUERRA MORIWAKI 2’05.460 3.556 0.098
41 76 Bernat MARTINEZ BIMOTA 2’06.310 4.406 0.850
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  • harumph

    Moto2 was fantastic considering it was the first time out. Tomizawa was impressive.