Alex Rins has taken a deceptively dominant win in the Moto2 race at Le Mans, controlling the race from the front and making a break in the final few laps.
After his domination of practice and qualifying, Tom Luthi had been expected to make a break at the start. He took the lead into the first chicane, but he could not make the break he wanted. Alex Rins was quickly past him, and while the two swapped places for the first few laps, Rins seized the lead on lap seven, then pushed to open a gap.
While Rins controlled the race from the front, Simone Corsi was working his way past Luthi as well. The Swiss rider faced further trouble from the Italians behind him, Franco Morbidelli and Lorenzo Baldassarri swapping paint as they bickered over fifth.
At the front, Corsi pushed to chase Rins, but Rins never gave an inch. He held a small gap until the last four laps, then pushed on to open that into a lead of nearly two seconds, in a demonstration of complete control. Corsi had no answer, but cruised home to take second, ahead of Tom Luthi.
With his win, Rins takes over the lead in the championship, after a difficult start saw Sam Lowes lose too much time early on and finish sixth. Reigning Moto2 champion Johann Zarco had an even tougher time, crashing as he fought for a spot in the top ten, and finishing outside the points.
|2||24||Simone Corsi||Speed Up||1.802|
|11||19||Xavier Simeon||Speed Up||29.573|
|15||97||Xavi Vierge||Tech 3||36.538|
|20||32||Isaac Viñales||Tech 3||50.278|
|73||Alex Marquez||Kalex||13 Laps|
|60||Julian Simon||Speed Up||19 Laps|
|94||Jonas Folger||Kalex||25 Laps|