Not that we want to put the mouth on him, but California boy Joe Roberts had a great Friday in Portugal, leading free practices 1 and 2 by 0.041 and then 0.317 seconds. Read all about it here. And pay no attention to our lead image, as that’s Sam Lowes leading Wayne’s kid, Remy Gardner.

In other developments, Marc Marquez was sixth-fastest on his first day back on a MotoGP bike.

But there are zero Americans in MotoGP, so we’ll feign disinterest and turn our attention to Triumph’s Moto2 Portimao pre-race briefing, in which we learn that even though California-kid Joe Roberts finished the first Doha round this year in 6th place, and the second round in 10th – his pole position lap record from last year still stands. That’s in spite of the fact that the Doha Grand Prix (round 2) was 7.5 seconds faster than the 2020 race, and that the fastest race lap was 0.3 seconds faster than last year. That’s gotta count for something!

Meanwhile, our other fellow American, multi-time MotoAmerica Superbike champ Cameron Beaubier, finished 11th in round one and crashed out of race two. In Portimao, he’s 22nd in FP2. It’s always good to leave room for improvement. He’s on Roberts’ last year’s American Racing Kalex.

Cameron Beaubier, Moto2, Doha MotoGP 2 April 2021

Here’s a pic of Joe and his dad from an interview we did last year, from more than a couple years ago.

Triumph also informs us, via its Doha recap, that:

  • Sam Lowes’ back-to-back dominant wins at Losail move him to five overall in the Triumph era,  making him equal to most successful in the all-time Triumph Moto2 winners list, level with Alex Marquez, Brad Binder and Luca Marini 
  • Rookie Raul Fernandez took his first Moto2 podium in just his second race since graduating to  the series, adapting incredibly well to the extra power and torque of the Triumph 765cc engine 

Upcoming race: 

  • Portimao (Algarve International Circuit) appeared on the Moto2 calendar in November 2020 and it  was a Remy Gardner clean sweep as the Australian took pole, set the fastest lap, won the race and  set new Outright and Race lap records 
  • Championship leader Sam Lowes also finished third so has good form at the circuit, but Raul  Fernandez could be one to watch as he won the 2020 Moto3 race by a commanding 5.8sec margin 
  • Triumph left out that Robert qualified 18th last year, and finished 7th.

Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredbyTriumph 

  • With two pole positions and fastest lap in Doha, Sam Lowes leads the Triumph Triple Trophy  standings as well as the World Championship – the first time this has happened 

About the Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredbyTriumph 

  • The Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredbyTriumph runs alongside the Moto2 World  Championship in 2020, recognising that there are more stories of success from a GP than  simply the race win, and will award one rider with a Street Triple RS at the end of the season • Points will be awarded to the rider (or multiple riders in the case of a tie): 
  • Fastest top speed: 7 points for the fastest rider / riders in case of a tie 
  • Pole position: 6 points for the rider starting from pole 
  • Fastest race lap: 5 points for the fastest rider / riders in case of a tie 

The Triumph Moto2 765cc race engine is a development of the class-leading Street Triple RS 765cc  road motorcycle and produces more than 140PS and the same visceral soundtrack.

2021 Qatar race information: 2021 Moto2 Grand Prix winners: 

Winner: Sam Lowes 

Pole position: Sam Lowes 

Fastest lap: 1m 58.954s (S. Lowes) Top speed: 295.8km/h (M. Ramirez) Race lap record: 1m 58.711s (T. Luthi, 2019) Circuit best: 1m 58.136 (J. Roberts, 2020) 

2021 Moto2 World Championship top ten:  

Pos  Race #  Rider  Chassis  Engine  Nation  Points
22  S. Lowes   Kalex  Triumph 765cc  GBR  50
87  R. Gardner   Kalex  Triumph 765cc  AUS  40
25  R. Fernandez  Kalex  Triumph 765cc  SPA  27
72  M. Bezzecchi  Kalex  Triumph 765cc  ITA  26
21  F. Di Giannantonio  Kalex  Triumph 765cc  ITA  22
13  C. Vietti  Kalex  Triumph 765cc  ITA  13
37  A. Fernandez  Kalex  Triumph 765cc  SPA  12
79  A. Ogura  Kalex  Triumph 765cc  JPN  11
64  B. Bendsneyder  Kalex  Triumph 765cc  NED  11
10  16  J. Roberts  Kalex  Triumph 765cc  USA  10


2021 standings – Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredbyTriumph: 

Pos  Race #  Rider  Nation  Points  Team
22  S. Lowes  GBR  17  Elf Marc VDS Racing Team
42  M. Ramirez  SPA  American Racing
19  L. Dalla Porta  ITA  Italtrans Racing Team
C. Beaubier  USA  American Racing
87  R. Gardner  AUS  Red Bull KTM Ajo


2021 Moto2 calendar:

Date  Race  Date  Race
28 Mar  GP of Qatar, Losail  11  15 Aug  GP of Austria, Red Bull Ring
4 Apr  GP of Doha, Losail  12  29 Aug  GP of Britain, Silverstone
18 Apr  GP of Portugal, Algarve  13  12 Sept  GP of Aragon, Aragon
2 May  GP of Spain, Jerez  14  19 Sept  GP of San Marino, Misano
16 May  GP of France, Le Mans  15  3 Oct  GP of Japan, Motegi
30 May  GP of Italy, Mugello  16  10 Oct  GP of Thailand, Chang
6 Jun  GP of Catalunya, Barcelona  17  24 Oct  GP of Australia, Phillip Island
20 Jun  GP of Germany, Sachsenring  18  31 Oct  GP of Malaysia, Sepang
27 Jun  TT Assen, Assen  19  14 Nov  GP of Valencia, Valencia
10  11 Jul  GP of Finland, Kymirng

Go Joe.