Results and summary of the Moto2 race from Le Mans:
Tom Luthi has taken a convincing victory in the Moto2 race at Le Mans. Luthi got off to a strong start, took control in the first third of the race, and went on to control the race from the front.
It was Sam Lowes who got the holeshot, taking advantage of a terrible start from polesitter Alex Rins, who dropped back to tenth. But Lowes was quickly overtaken by Johann Zarco, the French rider determined to win his home Grand Prix. It was Zarco who tried to make a break first, but the small gap he pulled in the early laps was not enough to open the field.
Behind Zarco, a group of three started chasing, with Lowes leading it at first, and Luthi and Tito Rabat following. But it was clear from the start that Tom Luthi had his eyes on this race, pushing forward early, and catching Zarco. The Frenchman put up a valiant defence for a couple of laps, but once Luthi got past, there was no more stopping him. Luthi ground out a pace just a little bit faster than his rivals, then maintained his lead at over a second all the way to the line.
Behind Luthi, Johann Zarco soon found himself with Tito Rabat to contend with. Rabat sat behind Zarco for most of the race, only passing him on lap 19. Rabat could pass, but could neither break Zarco nor make any impression on Luthi. Rabat took a solid 2nd place, with Zarco wrapping up 3rd. Zarco's podium spot came under attack on the very last lap from Sam Lowes, but the Englishman was too far back to have any real chance of unseating him, and Lowes had to settle for fourth.
Alex Rins' poor start left the Spaniard in real trouble, eventually fighting his way forward to fifth, but getting caught in a battle with Franco Morbidelli, Luis Salom and several others, he made a mistake and crashed out. He fought his way forward again, but crashed a second time, finishing outside of the points, and losing third spot in the title race.
|4||22||Sam Lowes||Speed Up||4.076|
|6||60||Julian Simon||Speed Up||14.681|
|11||95||Anthony West||Speed Up||29.478|
|13||23||Marcel Schrotter||Tech 3||30.220|
|16||88||Ricard Cardus||Tech 3||33.604|
|26||20||Louis Bulle||Transfiormers||1 Lap|
|39||Luis Salom||Kalex||2 Laps|
|36||Mika Kallio||Kalex||14 Laps|
|94||Jonas Folger||Kalex||17 Laps|
|96||Louis Rossi||Tech 3||22 Laps|
|73||Alex Marquez||Kalex||22 Laps|