Sachsenring was slightly cooler and windier than originally expected at the start of the intermediate class race but the change in conditions had little impact on the storyline over 28 laps. The 200th Moto2 race eventually crowned Remy Gardner as its well-deserved winner, the Australian riding an impeccable race way ahead of the field to secure a third consecutive victory. You might be surprised to hear that the man following him across the line is someone other than his teammate, but it was Aron Canet who made some early progress from 10th on the grid to claim the second podium spot. Marco Bezzecchi also makes a strong return to the podium in third position.
Poleman Raul Fernandez had made a great start to lead into turn 1 but had Gardner quickly on his tail, while fellow front row starter Fabio Di Giannantonio couldn’t quite match the duo and dropped behind Xavi Vierge and Bezzecchi. The Red Bull KTM Ajo boys extended their gap at the front to over a second on lap 2, while Sam Lowes, who started 7th, had dropped down to 11th position.
Gardner was keen to lead the way and found the inside of his teammate at turn 12 on the second lap, their gap to the chasing group continuing to grow by almost a second every lap, for the next few laps. It looked like another procession for the orange machines but Fernandez made his first big mistake of the season as he slid out at turn 3 on lap 5, leaving Gardner in a lone race five seconds ahead of the chase. Vierge initially led the pursuit ahead of Bezzecchi, Canet and Di Giannantonio but Canet seemed like the strongest of the bunch and got ahead of his colleagues to stretch a half second gap by lap 7. Although he was making no impression on Gardner ahead, Canet’s advantage grew to one second one lap later and the Bezzecchi, Vierge and Di Giannantonio group were not too far ahead of another group including Jorge Navarro, Ai Ogura, Marcel Schrotter and Sam Lowes.
Gardner and his steady 5-second advantage barely got any airtime for the next dozen laps and there were only glimpses of Canet, two seconds ahead of the battle between Bezzecchi and Di Giannantonio. The moves only really started with 12 laps to go but Bezzecchi was not keen to surrender and the exchanges allowed Vierge and Ogura to recover some ground on them.
Gardner’s lead extended to seven seconds for the final five laps and he managed that gap to Canet to the checkered flag. Bezzecchi was steadily reducing the gap to Canet in the final handful of laps but it was too late and the Spaniard secured second ahead of the Italian. Di Giannantonio faded late on and could not challenge Bezzecchi for the podium, crossing the finish line fourth. Ogura was one of the few men on a charge in the closing stages, getting past Vierge with four laps to go and somewhat closing in on Di Giannantonio, but both Vierge and Ogura crashed out on the final lap. Lowes inherited fifth after overtaking Schrotter on the last lap, the home favourite finishing sixth. Navarro, Albert Arenas, Marcos Ramirez and Cameron Beaubier rounded out the top 10 places.
Aided by his teammate’s misfortune, Gardner extends his championship lead to 36 points over Fernandez, with Bezzecchi 47 points down and Lowes a significant 78.
|4||21||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Kalex||+8.145|
|79||Ai Ogura||Kalex||1 Lap|
|97||Xavi Vierge||Kalex||1 Lap|
|16||Joe Roberts||Kalex||1 Lap|
|19||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Kalex||14 Laps|
|37||Augusto Fernandez||Kalex||22 Laps|
|7||Lorenzo Baldassarri||MV Agusta||22 Laps|
|25||Raul Fernandez||Kalex||24 Laps|
|54||Fermín Aldeguer||Boscoscuro||25 Laps|
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|24||Simone Corsi||MV Agusta||0 Lap|