Moto2: Championship Title Fight Rages on to Aragon

Published on October 15, 2020
By Jack Hammersley

After taking his first win since Aragon 2016, Britain’s Sam Lowes has overcome a lot of issues over the past few seasons, but he’s put those bad moments behind him and is now able to take the championship lead in Aragon. Sam has always had good form at Aragon, having his second World Supersport victory there in 2012, and finishing in fifth place last year which was his equal best result of the season. With Luca Marini struggling with his left ankle injury and Enea Bastianini struggling for consistency, this could be Sam’s opening to take the championship lead.

Luca Marini had a complete disaster in Le Mans, having the biggest crash of the weekend when he highsided out of turn five on his second flying lap in Free Practice Two and finishing the race in 17th. Luca will be looking to overcome his left ankle injury to maintain his championship lead over Bastianini. He currently leads Bastianini by 16 points, last year Luca finished in fourth place. If the Italian could manage to do this, it would be enough to keep his championship lead should Bastianini win the race. The last time Moto 2 was in Spain, Luca won. It will be a tough ask for the half-brother of Valentino Rossi, but he’ll give it everything to keep his championship lead which he’s held since the Austrian Grand Prix.

Enea Bastianini has had a couple of disappointing races since his win at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix finishing in sixth at Catalunya and eleventh at Le Mans. Enea will look to reset and be back fighting for the podium positions to close down the gap to Luca Marini. However, he’s also got to be mindful about Marco Bezzecchi who’s only five points behind Enea. He will be looking to make it a SKY VR46 Racing one-two in the championship standings after the Aragon Grand Prix and Marc VDS’ Sam Lowes is only two points behind Marco. Last year’s race at Aragon was a nightmare for Enea finishing in 24th position; he can’t afford a similar finish this weekend, Enea will need to come out on top to maintain his second position in the championship.

Luca Marini’s teammate Marco Bezzecchi has had a great run of form recently, finishing on the podium four times in the last five races which is the most consistent out of the top four in the championship. This is what Marco will be looking to continue with as the VR46 Academy Rider is only 20 points off his teammate Marini, and looks to close that down.

Petronas Sprinta Racing’s Jake Dixon looked set for a career-best finish in Moto 2 at Le Mans when he was leading the race for 14 laps until he tucked the front at turn 14, shattering the Brits hopes of a maiden podium and potential race win. Jake has shown significant improvement this year and has shown in the previous double races that he vastly improves in the second race, so if Jake can show the pace he had at Le Mans and Catalunya, he could be set for a maiden podium finish in Aragon.

Joe Roberts, who has just signed for the Italtrans Racing Team, was on his third pole position of the season at Le Mans but a communication error with changing the tyres from wets to slicks meant that he started the race at turn 14 instead of the starting grid. Joe showed great pace, which would have been enough to get a podium finish and a potential win. Joe will be looking to continue to show his lighting pace that he’s had this season and hopes to take the first win for an American in the intermediate class since John Kocinski at the Australian Grand Prix in 1990.

Augusto Fernandez showed an improvement in pace last week in Le Mans; he struggled like many riders in the field to adapt to the new Dunlop front tyre. Still, Augusto showed the speed that he consistently showed last year and looked to take his first podium of the season. Augusto hasn’t taken a podium since his race victory at the San Marino Grand Prix last year. Last year Augusto had a disaster of a race at Aragon having crashed at turn reverse corkscrew on lap one, remounting to a 22nd place finish. He’ll be looking to rectify that this weekend.

Who will win the Aragon Grand Prix on Sunday? Will it be a second consecutive victory for Sam Lowes? Will it be one of the other championship contenders? Or will we get a seventh different winner? The Moto 2 race starts at 12:10 (GMT+2)

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