Johann Zarco has taking a convincing win in the Moto2 race at Barcelona, trailing Alex Rins for most of the race before striking, and heading home to victory.
That the Moto2 race would be a straight up battle between Zarco and Rins was clear from the start. Rins got the holeshot and tried to open a gap, but Zarco was soon chasing Rins down, with Tom Luthi in his wake. Luthi could not withstand the withering pace of the leaders, and quickly had to let them go.
While the leaders settled into a pattern, Rins leading the race with Zarco right on his tail, there was plenty of entertainment further down the field. Luthi held a comfortable third for a while, as a group of riders scrapped during the chase, until broken up by Simone Corsi taking out Lorenzo Baldassarri. The departure of the two Italians opened up chances of Taka Nakagami, Hafizh Syahrin and Alex Marquez, with the younger of the Marquez brothers finally putting on a strong display in Moto2.
Marquez and Syahrin started to catch Luthi, but were held up as the wasted time fighting each other rather than chasing the Swiss rider. Marquez finally shook off Syahrin, but pushed too hard to try to score his first podium, and crashed out of the race. Syahrin was then joined by Nakagami, the Japanese rider passing the Malaysian and faster than Luthi.
Nakagami would catch Luthi, and take over third place. The Swiss rider would in the end also lose out to Syahrin, the Malaysian finishing in fourth behind Nakagami.
At the front, Zarco showed he was clearly biding his time. With seven laps to go, Zarco made his move at Turn 1, and started to push the pace up. Rins tried to keep up, but it was all just a little too much for the Spaniard. Zarco took an emotional victory, dedicating the win to his friend Luis Salom, as did Alex Rins with his second place for his former teammate.
With Sam Lowes finishing in sixth, Alex Rins takes over at the top of the championship, now leading by eight points. Zarco's victory puts him in third, just two points shy of Lowes in second.
|13||60||Julian Simon||Speed Up||34.482|
|16||32||Isaac Viñales||Tech 3||44.632|
|20||97||Xavi Vierge||Tech 3||+1'25.462|
|21||70||Robin Mulhauser||Kalex||1 Lap|
|14||Ratthapark Wilairot||Kalex||8 Laps|
|77||Dominique Aegerter||Kalex||9 Laps|
|10||Luca Marini||Kalex||9 Laps|
|52||Danny Kent||Kalex||13 Laps|
|11||Sandro Cortese||Kalex||18 Laps|
|24||Simone Corsi||Speed Up||21 Laps|
|19||Xavier Simeon||Speed Up||22 Laps|