2016 Barcelona Moto2 Race Result: Masterful Ride Decides Close Duel

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.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 42'31.347
2 40 Alex Rins Kalex 4.180
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 9.313
4 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 10.777
5 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 10.961
6 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 13.000
7 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 17.046
8 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex 20.637
9 49 Axel Pons Kalex 20.646
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 23.163
11 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 28.145
12 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 28.348
13 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 34.482
14 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 37.567
15 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 42.998
16 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 44.632
17 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 48.536
18 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 51.046
19 93 Ramdan Rosli Kalex +1'22.466
20 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 +1'25.462
21 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 1 Lap
Not Classified
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
Round Number: 
7
2016
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Comments

Seems he is finding his form from last year. This could make the championship very interesting. Along with how GP bosses view his stock vs Rins. Looking at you Suzuki. 

 

Nakagami !!! Finally some lick in the right way. Great to see him back in the box. Still think he is one of the better riders in Moto2. 

Total votes: 54