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Jerez Moto2: Marquez takes maiden win as Morbidelli crashes

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Jerez Moto2: Marquez takes maiden win as Morbidelli crashes
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May 7, 2017, 11:19 AM

Alex Marquez claimed his maiden Moto2 win in Sunday’s race at Jerez, scoring his first motorcycle grand prix racing victory since his championship-winning Moto3 season in 2014.

Franco Morbidelli, Marc VDS
Alex Marquez, Marc VDS
Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Ricard Cardus, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Alex Marquez, Marc VDS
Simone Corsi, Speed Up Racing
Thomas Luthi, CarXpert Interwetten

Marquez, who had topped all sessions in the run-up to the race, led the field from pole position, with championship leader and Marc VDS teammate Franco Morbidelli following behind in second place.

On Lap 7, Marquez ran wide at Turn 5, allowing Morbidelli to breeze past and take the lead of the race.

However, any hopes of a fourth successive victory for the Italian were dashed on the following lap when he crashed at Turn 9, giving the initiative back to Marquez.

With his main rival out of the race, Marquez cruised to the finish line.

Meanwhile, Moto3 graduate Francesco Bagnaia scored his first podium finish in the intermediate class, having risen from seventh to third by Lap 3.

Morbidelli’s retirement elevated Bagnaia into second place, with KTM rider Miguel Oliveira completing the podium spots after passing Mattia Pasini.

Pasini, a veteran of multiple 250cc wins, barely held off Forward Racing’s Luca Marini to finish in fourth place, the two riders separated by just 0.093s at the chequered flag.

Marcel Schrotter propelled his Suter bike to sixth ahead of front-row starter Dominique Aegerter, who gradually dropped down from third on the grid.

Thomas Luthi, who arrived in Jerez in second place in the standings, was unable to take advantage of Morbidelli’s retirement as he ended up a disappointed eighth.

Former premier-class rider Yonny Hernandez and Axel Pons completed the top 10.

Race Results: 

PosDriverBikeGap
1 spain Alex Marquez  Kalex  
2 italy Francesco Bagnaia  Kalex 3.442
3 portugal Miguel Oliveira  KTM 4.958
4 italy Mattia Pasini  Kalex 6.824
5 italy Luca Marini  Kalex 6.917
6 germany Marcel Schrötter  Suter 9.561
7 switzerland Dominique Aegerter  Suter 10.266
8 switzerland Thomas Luthi  Kalex 11.594
9 colombia Yonny Hernandez  Kalex 19.212
10 spain Axel Pons  Kalex 19.293
11 italy Lorenzo Baldassarri  Kalex 19.672
12 spain Jorge Navarro  Kalex 24.487
13 malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Kalex 25.522
14 spain Ricard Cardus  KTM 26.049
15 japan  Tetsuta Nagashima  Kalex 26.089
16 france Fabio Quartararo  Kalex 29.877
17 spain Edgar Pons  Kalex 33.799
18 spain Isaac Viñales  Kalex 35.196
19 belgium Xavier Simeon  Kalex 40.950
20 switzerland Jesko Raffin  Kalex 43.165
21 japan Takaaki Nakagami  Kalex 43.282
22 australia Remy Gardner  Tech 3 47.675
23 italy  Axel Bassani  Speed Up 48.478
24 italy Federico Fuligni  Suter 1'11.416
25 italy Stefano Manzi  Kalex 1'15.738
26 italy Andrea Locatelli  Kalex 1 lap
Ret germany Sandro Cortese  Suter 9 laps
Ret  spain Xavi Vierge  Tech 3 9 laps
Ret  malaysia Khairul Idham Pawi  Kalex 12 laps
Ret  spain Iker Lecuona  Kalex 14 laps
Ret  italy Franco Morbidelli  Kalex 17 laps
Ret  italy Simone Corsi  Speed Up 23 laps
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