Moto2: Marco Bezzecchi takes Pivotal Race Win as Sam Lowes Crashes Out
It was the day Bezzecchi wanted, taking the lead on lap two after Joe Roberts lost the front at turn two. Marco then ran a solid and consistent pace to take his second race win of the season.
Bezzecchi had Sam Lowes putting on the pressure from lap ten, but then Sam Lowes crashed out at turn six on lap 16. Bezzecchi then had to hold off Jorge Martin and with three laps to go started to suffer from a technical problem with a lack of drive in second gear. It didn’t hold the Italian back though, taking his second Moto 2 career victory and putting him back in the championship fight, 29 points behind new championship leader Enea Bastianini.
Jorge Martin had his best race since his second-place finish at the Styrian Grand Prix where he finished in second place. Martin showed strong pace all race long, sitting in the podium positions for most of the race. After Sam’s crash, Jorge looked to try and close the gap on Bezzecchi, but the Spaniard didn’t have enough pace to catch the SKY VR46 rider. Jorge is 24 points ahead of Remy Gardner in the championship, putting a firm grip on the final top-five position in the championship.
Remy Gardner had a great race, taking his third podium of the season. Remy was right on the back wheel of Bezzecchi for the first ten laps of the race but started to lose touch of the Italian and then fell into the clutches of Sam Lowes and Jorge Martin, conceding positions to both riders on lap ten and eleven. Remy then had to hold off Enea Bastianini and Lorenzo Baldassarri but was able to keep a big enough gap to take third position, after capitalising from Sam’s crash.
Enea Bastianini got a lightning start, going from 15th on the grid to ninth by the end of lap one. Enea then managed to get himself up into sixth position but was stuck behind the Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex of Xavi Vierge for nine laps. Then on lap 15 Bastianini overtook Xavi at turn eleven for fifth place and set his sights on the rostrum positions. However, Enea had to contend with Lorenzo Baldassarri, who made his move at turn six on lap 18. Bastianini waited until the penultimate lap at turn one to take Baldassarri and was able to finish in fourth position and retake the championship lead from Sam Lowes, leading by six points.
Sam Lowes didn’t have a great start from third on the grid, dropping to fifth position by the end of lap one. Sam then started to make his way up into the second place, first passing Jorge Martin on lap two, then was stuck behind Xavi Vierge. Sam made a few attempts at overtaking Xavi, having a few front end moments. Sam eventually made the move stick at turn two on lap five and then passed Remy Gardner at turn eleven on lap ten and tried to close down Bezzecchi. Still, Sam’s luck was to run out as he lost the front at turn six on lap 16, preventing him from the chance of taking the championship win in the next round. Sam will be looking to bounce back next week at the Valencian Grand Prix.
Lorenzo Baldassarri had his best finish since the Qatar Grand Prix in March, finishing in fifth position. Baldassarri and the HP40 Pons Team have struggled with setup all year but look to have made a step. The Italian will be looking to grow from this weekend to fight for the podium next weekends Valencian Grand Prix.
Luca Marini had a languid start dropping from seventh to tenth at the end of lap one and dropping to eleventh on lap six, but Marini then started to increase his pace and was the fastest rider on track for the second half of the race. He closed in on Xavi Vierge for seventh position and made his way through at turn two, before closing down the 1.2-second gap to Hector Garzo in sixth within three laps and managed to make his move at turn one on the final lap of the race. Luca is now 19 points behind Enea Bastianini and 13 points behind Sam Lowes, can the SKY VR46 rider close the gap before they head to Portimao for the final round?
Nicolo Bulega had his best race of the season, finishing in eighth position, his best finish since the Thailand Grand Prix in 2019 where he finished eighth. Bulega dropped from tenth to 16th on lap one, but started to charge his way through and had his former teammate Luca Marini as a marker to start a charge for the top ten. The Federal Oil Gresini rider managed to catch up Xavi Vierge who seemed to suffer from tyre wear and managed to snatch eighth place of the poleman. Nicolo hasn’t had a great season this year and will want to try and achieve his best Moto 2 career finish in the last two rounds of the season.
The Championship has become even tighter as Sam Lowes’s none scoring finish means that 29 points separate the top four. Can Enea Bastianini take the Championship in Valencia next week or will Sam Lowes and the two SKY VR46 bikes make the championship head to the last round of Portimao?
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