Lowes wins the duel with Martín in free practice 2

The Briton achieved the absolute best time of a day that was marked by the irregular appearance of rain. The two were separated by only 10 thousandths.


The British Sam Lowes (Estrella Galicia 0'0 Kalex) won the duel that he starred with the Spanish Jorge Martín (Kalex) in the last minutes of the second round of free practice for the Moto2 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull circuit Spielberg Ring.

Lowes achieved the absolute best time of a day that was marked by the irregular appearance of the rain but that, in the end, allowed the Moto2 riders to be the only ones who greatly improved their morning records.

After the duel between Lowes and Martín, the British Jake Dixon (Kalex) and Augusto Fernández (Estrella Galicia 0'0 Kalex) concluded, although the third place in the global calculation of the day was for the Italian Marco Bezzecchi, ahead of the Spanish and with Briton fifth and Jorge Navarro (Speed Up), in sixth position.

The weather conditions improved significantly when it was the Moto2 riders' turn to go out on the track, among which the Spanish Jorge Martín (Kalex) was the first to set a reference time, 1: 29.797, which was barely six tenths of a point second in the morning record, when the fastest was the British Sam Lowes (Estrella Galicia 0'0 Kalex), with 1: 29.133.

And Jorge Martín still scratched a tenth of a second more a lap later, when he rolled at 1: 29.619, a record with which he hinted that perhaps the Moto2 riders were going to be the only ones who were going to improve their morning times, always and when the weather conditions were maintained.

It was not long before the Italian Enea Bastianini (Kalex), winner of the last two Grand Prix disputed, who approached a thousandths of his morning record, 1: 29.555 by 1: 29.593 in the afternoon, as the British Sam Lowes (Estrella Galicia 0'0 Kalex), who had been the fastest in the morning.

Although Jorge Martín was eager to improve and immediately regained first place by shooting in 1: 29.405 less than two tenths of a second from his best time in the morning.

Between Jorge Martín and Sam Lowes a beautiful duel was established because after the British improved his time (1: 29.065), the Spanish continued with his fast lap rhythm and in his next turn he became the first to go down one minute and 29 seconds to regain first place with 1: 28.995. In the next one, it was Sam Lowes who beat Martín by just ten thousandths of a second when he rolled in 1: 28.985, both being the clear protagonists of the day.

Arón Canet (Speed Up), who did not improve his time in the morning finished in eighth position, Xavier Vierge (Kalex) who did drop his morning time by about three tenths of a second and therefore with the move to second classification guaranteed for now, not so Marcos Ramírez (Kalex), twenty-first, Héctor Garzó (Kalex), twenty-fifth, or Edgar Pons (Kalex), twenty-seventh.

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