Moto2: Fabio Di Giannantonio Takes Maiden Moto 2 Victory in Style at Jerez
It was the perfect race for Fabio Di Giannantonio taking the holeshot and going on to take his first win in Moto 2
There was a big four way battle for second place behind Fabio, with Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez, Marc VDS’s Sam Lowes and SKY Racing VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi and also Augusto Fernandez until his unfortunate crash from fourth place at turn six on lap three.
In the first half of the race Remy Gardner lead his team-mate Raul Fernandez with Lowes and Bezzecchi behind jostling for fourth position. Then on lap eigth Raul made his move on Remy into second position and tried to make a charge on Fabio in-front. This then meant Remy had dropped into the clutches of Bezzecchi and Lowes, with Bezzecchi making his first attempt on Remy at turn six on lap ten, but ran wide. The Italian tried again the next lap, this time making the move stick.
Marco then gradually started to close in on the Spanish rookie and made his move for second place on lap 17 at turn 13. Raul then seemed to hit tyre troubles as he quickly fell back to Remy and Sam. Sam then made his move on Remy at turn six with four laps to go then made a move on Raul at turn two, surprising the young Spaniard, causing him to sit up and go wide allowing his team-mate through into fourth place.
Sam then started a final three lap charge to try and catch Bezzecchi who was struggling with front tyre problems having to use the front tyre a lot during the race to make up positions from a poor start. However time was not on the Brits side, with Marco taking his first podium of the season and returning to the championship fight being 13 points behind championship leader Remy Gardner. Sam brought home third place and has jumped into the second place in the standings three points behind Remy.
Remy was able to maintain fourth place, keeping his championship lead with his team-mate rounding out the top five, slipping to third place in the standings now six points behind his team-mate. Also with his victory, Fabio Di Giannantonio has closed the gap in the championship to 17 points and has now cemented himself as a championship contender.
Xavi Vierge was able to hold off rookie Ai Ogura who continues to impress onboard his IDEMTISU Honda Team Asia Kalex, with Joe Roberts close behind in eighth. With Inde Aspar’s Aron Canet finishing in ninth and Liqui Moly Intact GP’s Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top ten.
Amercian Racing’s Marcos Ramirez finished in eleventh place after his team-mate Cameron Beaubier crashed out of the race on the final lap at turn nine. Jorge Navarro finished in twelfth place, with Stefano Manzi and Lorenzo Baldassarri finishing in 13th and 14th after battling throughout all the race and Bo Bendseynder took the final championship point in 15th.
Petronas Sprinta Racing’s Jake Dixon was declared unfit for the Spanish Grand Prix after suffering a crash at turn seven during Morning Warm-up, causing the young Brit to suffer a concussion as well as neck injuries; another disappointing end to the weekend for Jake who’ll be hoping for better fortunes in Le Mans.
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