2022 Qatar Moto2 Race Result: A New Escape Artist

After the late drama in the Moto3 race, the intermediate class were back to what they know best, which is runaway victories with a touch of last lap chaos. If anyone had any questions around Celestino Vietti’s pole, the Italian answered all of that and more as he ran away from the field from the very beginning and was untouchable throughout the 20 laps, claiming his maiden Moto2 victory with a six second advantage. Aron Canet’s rocket launch helped him become the Italian’s main challenger and although the Spaniard could not quite match the leader’s pace, he cruised to second and his bowtie made a return in parc fermé. The fight for third was a completely different story that was only settled at the final turn by Sam Lowes, the Marc VDS rider making up for losing pole with a podium in the season opener.

Vietti made his intentions clear from the start, as he kept his lead from pole position ahead of Tony Arbolino and Augusto Fernandez, who had a great launch from the second row of the grid. However, Canet had an even better start from 9th and soon demoted his compatriot from third, with Ai Ogura also following his example, while Lowes got caught out in the first few turns and dropped to 8th. The rush to turn 1 caused some trouble for the likes of Jake Dixon and Fermin Aldeguer, who dropped out of the top 15, while reigning Moto3 champion Pedro Acosta got a bit of a cold shower at the start of his first race in Moto2, dropping all the way down to 24th after a poor getaway and some contact at turn 1.

Vietti managed to extend a one second gap at the front by lap 3, with Canet leading the pursuit ahead of Arbolino, Fernandez, Ogura and Lowes. Having had a very impressive showing on Saturday, Filip Salac was running in a solid sixth place after the first couple of laps but a highside at turn 5 took him out of contention on the third lap. Although Vietti kept a steady one second advantage at the front, Canet managed to extend a gap of his own over the rest of the podium contenders by lap 6, while Ogura pulled some good moves on Arbolino, Fernandez and Lowes. Canet’s advantage continued to grow to two seconds as the quartet behind him continued to trade places over the next few laps. Cameron Beaubier, Joe Roberts and Jorge Navarro led the next group down the road, three seconds behind the podium battle.

Vietti and Canet looked pretty untroubled at the front by the halfway stage of proceedings, while the pursuers punished Arbolino for a mistake at turn 6, which dropped the Italian one second behind the fight for third. With Lowes suffering a wiggle of his own and losing a couple tenths, Ogura and Fernandez were the main actors over the next couple of laps. The exchanges between the duo lost them over four seconds on the runaway leaders and allowed Lowes to quickly close back in, the British rider starting to make some moves with 9 laps left, first past Fernandez and then past Ogura one lap later. Although Lowes seemed to have the better pace in these closing stages, Ogura found the inside at the first corner with 6 laps remaining, while Arbolino punished Fernandez for a slight mistake at turn 6. The Spaniard retaliated soon after to keep himself in podium contention, but Lowes was a more difficult proposition and Fernandez couldn’t find a way past until only two laps were left.

As Vietti secured victory with a 6 second gap over Canet, the fight for third was still hotting up another 4 seconds down the road, where Fernandez made his move on Ogura at turn 15 but left the door open at the final corner. Ogura was rightly tempted but lost the front as he made his attack and clipped the Spaniard’s rear tyre, allowing Lowes to slip past them both and claim third. Fernandez missed out on the podium for seven hundredths of a second, with Arbolino snatching fifth and Ogura miraculously saved by the contact with Fernandez and able to stay sixth. Navarro, Roberts, Beaubier and Marcel Schrotter completed the top 10 positions, while Acosta recovered to 12th place on his Moto2 debut.

Results

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff
1 13 Celestino Vietti KALEX 39'53.637  
2 40 Aron Canet KALEX 39'59.791 6.154
3 22 Sam Lowes KALEX 40'03.818 10.181
4 37 Augusto Fernandez KALEX 40'03.896 10.259
5 14 Tony Arbolino KALEX 40'05.058 11.421
6 79 Ai Ogura KALEX 40'05.968 12.331
7 9 Jorge Navarro KALEX 40'08.503 14.866
8 16 Joe Roberts KALEX 40'09.008 15.371
9 6 Cameron Beaubier KALEX 40'11.005 17.368
10 23 Marcel Schrotter KALEX 40'12.545 18.908
11 96 Jake Dixon KALEX 40'12.595 18.958
12 51 Pedro Acosta KALEX 40'19.688 26.051
13 75 Albert Arenas KALEX 40'19.776 26.139
14 52 Jeremy Alcoba KALEX 40'25.392 31.755
15 5 Romano Fenati BOSCOSCURO 40'27.276 33.639
16 54 Fermín Aldeguer BOSCOSCURO 40'27.792 34.155
17 42 Marcos Ramirez MV AGUSTA 40'29.919 36.282
18 24 Simone Corsi MV AGUSTA 40'31.336 37.699
19 64 Bo Bendsneyder KALEX 40'34.231 40.594
20 18 Manuel Gonzalez KALEX 40'37.583 43.946
21 2 Gabriel Rodrigo KALEX 40'37.984 44.347
22 61 Alessandro Zaccone KALEX 40'42.817 49.180
23 81 Keminth Kubo KALEX 40'43.840 50.203
24 84 Zonta vd Goorbergh KALEX 40'49.831 56.194
25 4 Sean Dylan Kelly KALEX 40'49.973 56.336
26 28 Niccolò Antonelli KALEX 40'49.994 56.357
Not Classified
  7 Barry Baltus KALEX 38'25.795 1 lap
  19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta KALEX 30'31.191 5 laps
  12 Filip Salac KALEX 4'06.414 18 laps
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2022
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