Moto2: Sam Lowes Dominates the Field and Takes the Championship Lead at the Teruel Grand Prix
It was first from lights to flag for Sam Lowes, destroying the field and finishing ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio by 8.425 seconds. Sam broke the race lap record also with a 1:51.730 on lap two. He now leads the championship by seven points ahead of Enea Bastianini.
Fabio Di Giannantonio had a lightning start from fourth on the grid, getting up to seconds position by the end of lap one. Fabio tried to stay with same but was losing three tenths a lap to the Marc VDS rider. Fabio managed not to repeat the same mistake as last week and managed to bring home the Lightech Speed Up to a second podium of the season. Fabio will be looking to go one better in the last three races of the season.
Enea Bastianini claimed another podium this season but didn’t have the pace to stay with Sam or Fabio and limited the damage to the championship and Enea now trails Sam by seven points. Is the pressure is on Enea to try and claw back that championship lead?
It was another struggle for Luca Marini as the SKY VR46 rider made a great start from eleventh on the grid to be in eighth place at the end of lap one, but that’s the best it got for the Italian as he started to drop down the pack, eventually being in 16th and a non-points-scoring finish. But Luca didn’t give up managed to claw his way back up into eleventh position, meaning he is now 23 points behind Sam Lowes. This tripleheader has been a complete disaster for Luca, he’ll need to reset and be back on form when they head to Valencia in two weeks time.
On the other side of the SKY VR46 garage, Marco Bezzecchi’s weekend ended in dismay as the Italian who was down in 15th trying to make his way through the pack lost the front at turn one on lap four, putting a huge dent in his championship hopes. Marco is now 48 points behind Sam Lowes, it’s now unlikely that he’ll get the championship, but after what’s happened with Luca Marini over the past three races, anything can happen.
Jorge Navarro had a dire start from the middle of the front row, dropping from second to 15th place by the end of lap two. Jorge then started his charge and was able to get into fifth position by lap 15. Jorge was then closing in Australia’s Remy Gardner at an alarming rate but ultimately ran out of time. Jorge will be frustrated with himself, knowing he had the pace for the podium and to join his teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio on the podium. Jorge’s yet to finish on the podium this year, but they head to where Jorge got his last podium. Can Jorge claim his first podium of the season at Valencia?
Jake Dixon had a great start like he said he was planning to do, getting up into third position by the end of lap one. Unfortunately for the Brit, Jake didn’t have the same pace as the podium contenders and started to slip down to eighth position. He was in a great battle for fifth place at the halfway stage of the race with Jorge Navarro, Jorge Martin and Augusto Fernandez. It ultimately came down to himself and Fernandez for seventh position which Dixon was just able to win and achieve another great finish. It wasn’t the podium which Jake wanted, but he’ll look to get it in the last three races of the season.
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