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Le Mans Moto2: Marquez ends winless streak

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Le Mans Moto2: Marquez ends winless streak
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May 19, 2019, 11:17 AM

Alex Marquez took his first Moto2 victory in over a year at Le Mans as championship leader Lorenzo Baldassarri crashed out of the race.

Baldassarri had a big crash just one lap into the race and even collected Mattia Pasini in the process, before being taken away on a stretcher.

He was subsequently diagnosed with a dislocated right collarbone and a concussion, and headed the local hospital.

It was the second major incident in two laps, with Andrea Locatelli having had a massive highside at Turn 3 after the start, the Italian fortunate to avoid being hit by another bike.

Tom Luthi and Marquez took first and second from pole-sitter Jorge Navarro at the start, with the Swiss rider leading the first few laps.

But Marquez passed Luthi at the Dunlop Curve on lap 4 and the latter lost more positions in quick succession.

For a while it was a Marc VDS 1-2 with Xavi Vierge following Marquez, but the charging Simone Corsi soon passed the latter.

The Tasca Racing rider carved his way through the field from 18th on the grid, running second after just nine laps.

But as he set out after Marquez, Corsi ended up crashing out just three laps later at Turn 13.

Marquez's lead then grew to over a second, with Navarro inheriting second. The Speed Up rider's efforts to close in on Marquez ended when Augusto Fernandez started to attack him, the duo switching positions a couple of times, allowing Marquez to increase his gap to two seconds.

Navarro looked to have started a late-race charge, but that stopped when he ran wide at Garage Vert, allowing Fernandez through.

Marquez then managed his gap to cross the line first by 1.1s, his first win since Motegi in 2017.

Navarro did not let Fernandez pull away and even reclaimed second, only to make another mistake, before eventually securing the position with a last-lap move.

Both Navarro and Fernandez repeated their results from the previous race at Jerez, with Brad Binder taking his best result of the season with the struggling Ajo KTM team.

He stole fourth from Vierge in the dying stages, the latter followed by Luthi, who had to settle for sixth.

Italtrans rookie Enea Bastianini finished seventh, followed by Marcel Schrotter (Intact), Iker Lecuona (CGBM) and Nicolo Bulega (Sky VR46).

Nine riders crashed out of the race including Sam Lowes, Somkiat Chantra, Remy Gardner, Dimas Ekky Pratama and Steven Odendaal.

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 Spain Alex Marquez Kalex 25 40'36.428  
2 Spain Jorge Navarro Speed Up 25 40'37.547 1.119
3 Spain Augusto Fernandez Kalex 25 40'38.228 1.800
4 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 25 40'42.443 6.015
5 Spain Xavi Vierge Kalex 25 40'43.485 7.057
6 Switzerland Thomas Luthi Kalex 25 40'45.829 9.401
7 Italy Enea Bastianini Kalex 25 40'46.523 10.095
8 Germany Marcel Schrotter Kalex 25 40'46.903 10.475
9 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 25 40'47.674 11.246
10 Italy Nicolo Bulega Kalex 25 40'53.540 17.112
11 Japan Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 25 40'54.965 18.537
12 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 25 40'56.245 19.817
13 Italy Luca Marini Kalex 25 41'04.243 27.815
14 United States Joe Roberts KTM 25 41'04.316 27.888
15 Italy Stefano Manzi MV 25 41'25.567 49.139
16 Germany Lukas Tulovic KTM 25 41'27.228 50.800
17 United Kingdom Jake Dixon KTM 25 41'28.116 51.688
18 Italy Marco Bezzecchi KTM 25 41'29.651 53.223
19 Germany Philipp Ottl KTM 25 41'37.287 1'00.859
20 Spain Jorge Martin KTM 25 41'40.145 1'03.717
  Switzerland Dominique Aegerter MV 24 39'25.436 1 Lap
  Indonesia Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex 21 35'02.439 4 Laps
  Andorra Xavi Cardelus KTM 20 34'08.702 5 Laps
  Australia Remy Gardner Kalex 13 21'13.824 12 Laps
  South Africa Steven Odendaal NTS 12 19'51.813 13 Laps
  Netherlands Bo Bendsneyder NTS 12 20'08.414 13 Laps
  Italy Simone Corsi Kalex 9 14'41.637 16 Laps
  United Kingdom Sam Lowes Kalex 8 13'15.531 17 Laps
  Thailand Somkiat Chantra Kalex 8 13'23.003 17 Laps
  Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1 1'42.028 24 Laps
  Italy Mattia Pasini Kalex 1 1'42.391 24 Laps
  Italy Andrea Locatelli Kalex      
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Series Moto2
Event Le Mans
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Drivers Alex Marquez
Teams Marc VDS Racing Shop Now
Author David Gruz