Sam Lowes looks to take Third Consecutive Victory and Championship Lead for Round 12
The Moto2 race is set to take place after the MotoGP race due to Formula One racing at Portimao so the Moto 2 race will take place at 14:30 (GMT+2), this means higher track temperatures compared to last weekend, will this favour other riders?
The last two race weekends have been great for Britain’s Sam Lowes, taking two race victories in a row and closing the gap from 43 points to two points in the standings. Can Sam take a third win in succession and a third race win at Aragon to take the championship lead for the first time since Mugello in 2016?
Enea Bastianini was able to retake the championship lead from Luca Marini after the SKY VR46 Rider crashed out on lap three of the race. Enea is only two points ahead of Sam Lowes and a further point ahead of Luca with Marco Bezzecchi 25 points behind. A poor qualifying compromised Enea’s race. Can the Italtrans rider improve his qualifying pace to be able to take the fight to Marc VDS’ Sam Lowes?
Luca Marini lost his 16 point championship lead at Aragon last week and will be looking to take it back after having two zero points finishes in the previous two races. Luca said he was on the back foot from Friday as he was unable to put the track time on Friday and Free Practice Three due to a problem with the bike and dealing with his injury from Le Mans. Can the VR46 rider take back the championship lead at the end of the penultimate triple header?
It looked set for a second race win of the season for Marco Bezzecchi as he led for most of the race until he lost the front and the dreaded turn two on the penultimate lap of the race, a crash that has cost him the potential championship lead. Marco’s pace was very strong in Aragon and will be looking to bounce back from the crash to get his second victory of the season and claw back the points in the championship.
It’s been a great run of form for Britain’s Jake Dixon who last time out took his best qualifying position of fourth place and his best race finish of his career in fourth place. Jake has also signed a renewed deal with the Petronas Sprinta Racing Team and will be looking to use the experience from last weeks race to take his maiden podium of his Moto2 career.
MB Conveyors Speed Up’s Fabio Di Giannantonio also looked set to win the Aragon Grand Prix and his first victory his Moto 2 career. Still, it was not meant to be for the man currently standing in 15th position in the championship standings as he was also a victim of turn two losing the front on lap 11 moments after taking the lead from Marco Bezzecchi. Lucks not been on Fabio’s side during this triple header, he’ll be hoping to see his luck turn around and take his first victory in Moto 2 and Speed Ups first victory since Barcelona 2018.
It was a good return to form for Jorge Martin in Aragon taking his first podium finish in third place since his second place in the Styrian Grand Prix. Jorge has already moved up to MotoGP in the Pramac Ducati team for next year, can the Spaniard take victory in Aragon as he did so in 2018 in Moto 3.
Rookie Hector Garzo was fighting for fifth position with Marcos Ramirez and Remy Gardner, eventually losing out in the battle, finishing in seventh place. The Spaniard on the Flexbox HP 40 Pons Kalex has been improving throughout the season and looks to try and claim his first top-five in the Moto 2 category.
Also, the Tenner American Racing team will be on a high this weekend after signing MotoAmerica champion and former Red Bull Rookies rider Cameron Beaubier for next season, and with Marcos Ramirez getting his best finish with sixth place last time out. The American Racing team will be looking to continue with their impressive form they’ve shown this season.
Who will take the championship lead heading into the final three rounds of the championship? The Moto 2 race will take place at 14:30 (GMT+2)
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