Lowes on the front row for the Indonesian GP!
Sam Lowes qualifies third for the second race in succession in an eventful qualifying session at the Mandalika International Street Circuit while Tony Arbolino set the eighth fastest time.
- The weather continued to play an important role on the island of Lombok on qualifying day for the first Indonesian Grand Prix since 1997, as prolonged early morning rain meant Moto2 FP3 was held in wet conditions.
- The 2.68-mile track dried out over lunchtime so both Elf Marc VDS Racing riders Sam Lowes and Tony Arbolino could push on an almost fully dry track for the second Moto2 qualifying session of 2022.
/// SAM LOWES, 3rd, 1’35.953
- The 31-year-old struggled to find an optimum feeling on a wet track on Saturday morning and ended the session in 17th.
- Lowes felt fully competitive in the dry, however. Despite having three laps cancelled for encountering yellow flags for different incidents, the Englishman set the third fastest time, just 0.154s off pole.
“I’m sure we’ll be in the mix”
“I’m happy with today. I need to find some improvements in the rain because I didn’t feel so good in the wet conditions in the morning. But in the dry I felt good. We need to look at and evaluate a few little things this evening like the race pace and the tyre life but we don’t know what the weather conditions will be like tomorrow. We have to wait and see. Overall, I feel good. We’re on the front row and I’m sure we’ll be in the mix.”
/// TONY ARBOLINO, 8th, 1’36.657
- The young Italian was busy on Saturday morning, working on his feeling aboard the Kalex chassis in wet conditions. He posted 17 laps overall and showed his speed, ending the session in fourth.
- The 21-year-old then posted a fast 8-lap run in the dry Q2 session, with his best effort coming on the fifth circuit. His final time was 0.858s off Jake Dixon’s pole time.
“We’re doing a good job so I’m happy”
“It was an important day for us. We were quite fast in the wet conditions. In the dry I didn’t feel so bad. This is important. Of course, the race is tomorrow and the conditions will be different. We’re doing a good job so I’m happy. I think it will be a very tough and physically demanding race. It will be important to make a good start and try to hold on to the front group and stick with them until the end. I feel ready to race so let’s see what happens tomorrow!”