2016 Qatar Moto2 Results

2016 Qatar Moto2 Results | Jumped Starts and Crashes
Thomas Luthi at Qatar Moto2

Entering its sixth season as the class that replaced the former 250cc two-stroke class, Moto2 got underway Sunday under the floodlights of Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The class, which uses spec-Honda 600cc engines, has had a different champion each year, the latest being France’s Johann Zarco.

The Ajo Motorsports Kalex pilot Zarco was a favorite ahead of 2016 Moto2, but due to penalty for jumping the start, Zarco was only able to finish 12th. This type of drama was the present from the beginning of Qatar Moto2, but did not affect the first Moto2 winner of 2016 – Thomas Luthi.

Early on in the 20-lap race, the Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex pilot was able to capitalize on the mistakes of others. He then battled with one of the most aggressive riders ever – Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS’s Franco Mobidelli – and lost the race. But Morbidelli was later penalized, giving Luthi the win.

Luthi officially won the race by 9.610 seconds ahead of SAG Team Kalex’s Luis Salom. Taking the final podium was Speed Up Racing’s Simone Corsi.

When 2016 Qatar Moto2 began, the pole sitter – Dynavolt Intact GP’s Jonas Folger – got off the line first, followed by Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2). Luthi quickly settled into fourth.

As Jonas opened up a lead, Zarco, Lowes, Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team) and Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) were all penalized for jumping the start and forced to pit.

Folger kept pushing up front, but crashed at turn four while in a comfortable lead: “I was pushing really hard to make a gap, it would have been the last lap of pushing hard. It was my fault, I expected a lot more.”

With Folger out, Morbidelli battled with Luthi, who took the lead. During this time, third-place Nakagami and Robin Mulhauser (CarXpert Interwetten) were also handed ride through penalties for jumping the race start.

2016 Qatar Moto2 Podium
2016 Qatar Moto2 Podium

Mobidelli gave it all he had, and took the lead on lap 10. But the Italian didn’t know he was under investigation for a jumped start. Mobidelli took the win just ahead of Luthi, but was later penalized, which dropped him back to seventh.

This gave the win to Luthi, who was joined on the podium Salom and Corsi. Fourth went to Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia), who finished ahead of Dominique Aegerter (CarXpert Interwetten).

On his return to the Moto2 class, Kent secured sixth ahead of Morbidelli. A great ride after his jump-start penalty saw Alex Rins end the race in eighth ahead of Lowes, who also received a penalty for the same incident.

Completing the top 10 was Moto2 rookie Luca Marini (Forward Team), Valentino Rossi’s half brother battling through the pain barrier for a top ten finish after a heavy crash in qualifying on Saturday.

Edgar Pons (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) and Julian Simon (QMMF Racing Team) crashed out of the race. With 14 laps remaining Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) fell at Turn 4. Xavier Simeon (QMMF Racing Team) fell with five laps remaining, but remounted before retiring. Axel Pons (AGR Team) slid off at Turn 14 late in the race, as did Xavi Vierge (Tech 3 Racing). No riders were seriously injured, MotoGP reports.

2016 Qatar Moto2 Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex 160.4 40’14.293
2 20 39 Luis SALOM SPA SAG Team Kalex 159.8 +9.610
3 16 24 Simone CORSI ITA Speed Up Racing Speed Up 159.8 +9.665
4 13 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex 159.5 +13.558
5 11 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI CarXpert Interwetten Kalex 159.3 +16.064
6 10 52 Danny KENT GBR Leopard Racing Kalex 159.3 +16.114
7 9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 160.4 +20.047
8 8 40 Alex RINS SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 159.1 +20.170
9 7 22 Sam LOWES GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 158.9 +22.019
10 6 10 Luca MARINI ITA Forward Team Kalex 158.8 +24.249
11 5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Leopard Racing Kalex 158.8 +24.254
12 4 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Ajo Motorsport Kalex 158.8 +24.570
13 3 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 158.7 +25.664
14 2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 158.6 +26.992
15 1 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 159.8 +29.736
16 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 158.4 +30.404
17 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER AGR Team Kalex 157.9 +38.446
18 2 Jesko RAFFIN SWI Sports-Millions-EMWE-SAG Kalex 157.4 +46.363
19 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 157.4 +46.543
20 70 Robin MULHAUSER SWI CarXpert Interwetten Kalex 155.4 +1’18.323
21 33 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 154.9 +1’25.002
22 8 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA JPMoto Malaysia Suter 154.0 +1’39.572
Not Classified
49 Axel PONS SPA AGR Team Kalex 159.3 4 Laps
97 Xavi VIERGE SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 159.0 5 Laps
19 Xavier SIMEON BEL QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 159.1 6 Laps
73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 149.9 14 Laps
94 Jonas FOLGER GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 157.7 18 Laps
60 Julian SIMON SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 146.6 19 Laps
57 Edgar PONS SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 146.4 19 Laps