The first MotoGP weekend is in full swing as the action gets under way on Thursday in Qatar and qualifying in the two classes couldn't have been more different -where the sudden revelation that a tow meant everything in Moto3 threw the form book out of the window, Moto2 was by contrast a one man show -Sam Lowes reigned supreme on his Speed Up.
|Reigning Champ, Rabat, was superseded in Qualifying|
Pic: MVDS Racing
The Brits had fared well over the course of practice with Danny Kent ahead in FP1 and fastest overall with his leading time from FP3, John McPhee had a bike to learn having only got his 2015 edition of the SaxoPrint bike at the wet Jerez test and immediately showed progress.
Now, however, it was time to make those times count.
Some precision timing and good fortune saw SaxoPrint RTG rider Alexis Masbou on pole for the first time at his 141st Grand Prix Weekend, the Frenchman, still learning his way around the SaxoPrint Honda, had the luck to discover at the right time that a great slipstream was the key to a quick time in the final sector, and the skill to pull it off from the back of a group of four.