Cameron Beaubier falls fighting for Moto2 points in Qatar

American Racing rider Cameron Beaubier crashed on Sunday in the Grand Prix of Doha, the second of two FIM Moto2 World Championship races at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

The 28-year-old Californian qualified 14th out of 28 riders for the 20-lap race under the floodlights at the 16-turn, 3.34-mile Gulf state circuit, which opened in 2004.

Weather conditions improved overnight. Ambient temperature at race time was 70 degrees Fahrenheit, with an 9-mph breeze.

Beaubier lost two positions at the start and slipped further downfield in the opening laps. He battled to 13th before falling in Turn 7 with 12 laps remaining. Beaubier posted the fifth quickest lap of the race, 1:59.456, and the second highest top speed, 180.392 mph.

Marc VDS rider Sam Lowes started from pole position for the second consecutive weekend. Lowes took the lead on the fourth lap and earned a narrow victory ahead of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Remy Gardner.

Beaubier finished 11th a week ago at Losail in the opening race of the season. The five-time MotoAmerica Superbike champion is 17th overall in the championship points standings.

Beaubier’s teammate, Marcos Ramirez, did not ride this weekend. The 23-year-old Spaniard crashed in qualifying for the opening round and was unfit to race at the second round, as well.

The American Racing Team will return to action in two weeks, April 16-18, at the Algarve International Circuit for the Grand Prix of Portugal.