Jerez Moto2: Marquez takes maiden win as Morbidelli crashes
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.
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.
|22||Remy Gardner||Tech 3||47.675|
|23||Axel Bassani||Speed Up||48.478|
|26||Andrea Locatelli||Kalex||1 lap|
|Ret||Sandro Cortese||Suter||9 laps|
|Ret||Xavi Vierge||Tech 3||9 laps|
|Ret||Khairul Idham Pawi||Kalex||12 laps|
|Ret||Iker Lecuona||Kalex||14 laps|
|Ret||Franco Morbidelli||Kalex||17 laps|
|Ret||Simone Corsi||Speed Up||23 laps|
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