American Racing riders Marcos Ramirez and Cameron Beaubier qualified 20th and 22nd for the opening round of the FIM Moto2 World Championship. Unfortunately, Ramirez will not start Sunday’s 20-lap race at the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar.
The 23-year-old Spaniard crashed at Turn 14 with fewer than five minutes remaining in the first of two qualifying sessions. X-rays revealed Ramirez fractured the humeral head—the ball that sits in the shoulder socket—of his right arm.
Shortly before his crash, Ramirez set the fifth-quickest lap of the session and a personal best for the weekend, a 1:59.638.
“I am happy about the bike, but I touched the curb and crashed,” said Ramirez. “It was a hard landing. I hope to come back next weekend.”
Beaubier continues to progress in his Moto2 debut. On Friday, he shaved more than 1.6 seconds from his best lap in opening practice.
The five-time MotoAmerica Superbike champion was quicker on Saturday, recording a 1:59.673—0.947 seconds from pole position—on his eighth and final lap of 15-minute Qualifying 1. Beaubier ended the session eighth, 0.319 seconds from first.
“I’m improving,” said Beaubier. “I think it will be really good to get a race under my belt. I’m looking forward to lining up.”