Moto2: Ai Ogura Takes his First Victory of the Season in Barcelona.

Published on May 26, 2024
By Dawn Hammersley

Ai Ogura gets the better of his team-mate Sergio Garcia to take the win, as Fermin Aldguer crashes out of a podium position.

MT Helmets Sergio Garcia headed the front row of the grid for the Moto2 Monster Energy de Catalunya Grand Prix. SpeedUp Racing’s Fermin Aldeguer lined-up in second place, with Celestino Vietti in third. The temperature at the Spanish circuit was rising as the Moto2 riders gathered on the grid.

Sergio Garcia lead the field into turn one, A big crash at turn four for Ayumu Sasaki on the first lap. Fermin Aldeguer was in second place, Albert Arenas was in third place.

Diogo Moreira and Daniel Munoz both crashed out on lap three. Garcia and Aldeguer were dicing for first place, would this battling have any affect on the tyre in this race of attrition?

Manuel Gonzalez crashed out at turn ten. Aron Canet was in seventh place, carving through the field. Britain’s Jake Dixon was in ninth place, just ahead of American Joe Roberts. Vietti was running in sixth place after starting on the front row.

The leading duo had over a second lead at the front from Arenas. Fermin stretched out a gap at the front from second placed man Garcia after just nine laps.

Alonso Lopez made his way up to third place with Ai Orgura for company in fourth place, as Arenas looked to be losing pace in fifth place.

Aldeguer was given a track limits warning on lap 11, Canet was running in fifth place as the pace at the front looked be dropping slightly. Garcia’s team-mate Ogura got the better of Lopez and was in third place.

Vietti crashed out of sixth place at turn ten. Garcia was handed a track limits warning with eight laps to go. Canet was up to fourth place, Ogura was catching the leading duo. Aldeguer was given a long lap penalty, he took the long lap straight away and crashed out! Aron Canet also crashed out at turn five.

All the melee at the front brought Jake Dixon up to fourth place and was lapping quicker than third placed rider Lopez. Ogura was on the heels of his team-mate with five laps to go! Joe Roberts was given a long lap penalty.

Ogura took the lead on the start finish straight and made the move stick, Dixon took third place from Lopez. Roberts was in ninth place after completing his long lap penalty.

At the checkered flag Ai Ogura crossed the finish line to take his first victory of the season, Garcia was second with Jake Dixon getting his first podium finish of the season in third place, Jeremy Alcoba was fourth with Senna Agius finishing in fifth place.

Featured Image: Joel Cooper Photography.


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