Mugello Moto2: Marquez scores dominant win

Marc VDS rider Alex Marquez took a second consecutive Moto2 victory at Mugello in dominant fashion, cutting Lorenzo Baldassarri's championship lead to two points.

Mugello Moto2: Marquez scores dominant win

Intact GP duo Tom Luthi and Marcel Schrotter led in the early stages as Marquez was running third from his front row grid position.

He passed Schrotter on lap 6 and then Luthi on lap 9, both at Turn 1, and then quickly pulled away.

As Luthi couldn't keep up with Marquez, he came under pressure from Sky VR46's Luca Marini.

He could only keep Marini at bay for four laps but by the time the local rider had assumed second place, Marquez had established a two-second lead and Valentino Rossi's half-brother was also unable to close the gap.

Marquez cruised to the finish to win by 1.9s with Marini, closely followed by Luthi and Baldassarri until the end, scoring his best result of the season in second.

Luthi held on to third, with Baldassarri salvaging fourth from 15th on the grid, the Pons rider keeping the championship lead but only by two and four points from Marquez and Luthi respecitvely.

Speed Up's Jorge Navarro lost his place to Baldassarri after a mistake and then was under attack by Augusto Fernandez (Pons) and Enea Bastianini (Italtrans) on the last lap.

Fernandez in the end secured fifth followed by rookie Bastianini and Navarro, with Schrotter dropping to as low as eighth place.

Gresini rider Sam Lowes was a distant ninth, with Navarro's rookie teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio taking an impressive 10th after dropping to the back of the field on the opening lap.

Tetsuta Nagashima and Xavi Vierge tangled at Turn 4 and the Japanese rider ran wide, catching Di Giannantonio off guard and causing Iker Lecuona to crash.

KTM's disastrous run continued with Brad Binder its lead rider in 15th.

Local riders Simone Corsi, Nicolo Bulega and Stefano Manzi all crashed at various points in the race, with wildcard Teppei Nagoe, Joe Roberts and Jake Dixon also retiring.

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 73 Spain Alex Marquez Kalex 21  
2 10 Italy Luca Marini Kalex 21 1.928
3 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi Kalex 21 2.242
4 7 Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 21 3.653
5 40 Spain Augusto Fernandez Kalex 21 3.973
6 33 Italy Enea Bastianini Kalex 21 3.985
7 9 Spain Jorge Navarro Speed Up 21 4.986
8 23 Germany Marcel Schrotter Kalex 21 6.215
9 22 United Kingdom Sam Lowes Kalex 21 11.466
10 21 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 21 13.050
11 54 Italy Mattia Pasini Kalex 21 13.934
12 97 Spain Xavi Vierge Kalex 21 17.176
13 87 Australia Remy Gardner Kalex 21 19.894
14 45 Japan Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 21 20.055
15 41 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 21 20.591
16 88 Spain Jorge Martin KTM 21 20.672
17 77 Switzerland Dominique Aegerter MV 21 24.081
18 5 Italy Andrea Locatelli Kalex 21 26.677
19 64 Netherlands Bo Bendsneyder NTS 21 36.831
20 3 Germany Lukas Tulovic KTM 21 41.874
21 65 Germany Philipp Ottl KTM 21 44.611
22 4 South Africa Steven Odendaal NTS 21 45.131
23 72 Italy Marco Bezzecchi KTM 21 45.136
24 20 Indonesia Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex 21 1'01.819
25 18 Andorra Xavi Cardelus KTM 21 1'40.942
  16 United States Joe Roberts KTM 15 6 Laps
  96 United Kingdom Jake Dixon KTM 10 11 Laps
  24 Italy Simone Corsi Kalex 8 13 Laps
  11 Italy Nicolo Bulega Kalex 7 14 Laps
  62 Italy Stefano Manzi MV 7 14 Laps
  19 Teppei Nagoe Kalex 4 17 Laps
  27 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM    
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Series Moto2
Event Mugello
Sub-event Race
Drivers Alex Marquez
Teams Marc VDS Racing
Author David Gruz