Moto 2: Raul Fernandez Takes Victory in Le Mans

Published on May 16, 2021
By Jack Hammersley

It was race with dry but cold conditions which Red Bull KTM Ajo perfected with a one-two finish

Marco Bezzecchi took the holeshot into turn one as the whole grid went through turn three with caution, but the first crash would strike when Aron Canet lost the rear at turn nine on the opening lap, ending the Spaniard’s chance of a potential podium. Also Marc VDS’s Augusto Fernandez who had shown some great pace all weekend made a mistake at turn eleven and crashed out of third place on lap two.

Championship leaders Remy Gardner and Sam Lowes were recovering from a poor qualifying and start to the race, Sam started to make his way through the pack, but his charge was halted when he lost the front in an attempt to overtake Pertonas Sprinta Racings Xavi Vierge and the Brit took the Spaniard with him, making this Sam’s second non-scoring race in the first five races.

Raul Fernandez and Joe Roberts were closing in on Marco Bezzecchi over the first four laps of the race, with the American making a pass on Raul at turn eleven at the end of the fourth lap and set his sights on a maiden race win, but it wasn’t meant to be for the Italtrans Racing rider as he had a bobble and lost the front in turn nine. Raul didn’t let the crash of Joe distract him as he then passed Bezzecchi at turn eleven to lead the race.

Hector Garzo was having his best race of the season riding in sixth place but his race came to an abrupt end when Fabio Di Giannantonio made a pass on the Valencian at turn eleven on lap seven and was forced onto the gravel and crashed out of the race. Consequently Fabio was given a long lap penalty, but the Italian failed to enter the long lap penalty correctly so he was forced to do it again, causing him to lose over six seconds and dropping down to fourteenth.

There was a trio for third place with Bo Bendsneyder holding off Remy Gardner and Tony Arbolino who had his best weekend in the Moto 2 class this season. Despite a couple of mistakes, Remy was able to make a move on the Dutchman at turn eleven on lap 16, with Tony following the Australian at turn nine on the next lap.

Raul Fernandez was controlling the gap to Bezzecchi in second place who has beginning to struggle with a lot of movement with his Kalex which allowed Remy to catch-up to the Italian and making his move at turn eight on lap 18. Remy tried to chase after his team-mate but Raul proved too strong, taking his second victory of the season with Remy finishing in second, holding off the Spaniard in the championship by one point, with Bezzecchi finishing in third.

It was looking like a solid sixth place for American Racing’s Cameron Beaubier, but unfortunately with five laps to go, Cam crashed out at turn three ending what would have been the Americans best result in Moto 2. Marcel Schrotter inherited the sixth place, with Ai Ogura finishing in seventh with Fabio Di Giannantonio recovering to eighth place with Simone Corsi and Jorge Navarro rounding out the top ten.

Remy Gardner maintains the championship lead by one point ahead of his team-mate Raul Fernandez. Marco Bezzecchi has jumped into third place 17 points behind Remy with Sam Lowes falling to fourth in the standings now 23 points behind the championship leader.

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