2016 Phillip Island Moto2 Race: First Will Get You Second

A final-straight slipstream gave Thomas Luthi a second win in a row and moved him into second place in the Moto2 world championship. Luthi’s win by half of a wheel length over Franco Morbidelli (2ndat the Phillip Island circuit Sunday was his fourth race win in the 2016 season. Sandro Cortese fought through the field to take third. 

Lorenzo Baldassarri, climbed fourth place in the contest with eight laps to go and held the position to the end. Takaaka Nakagami continued his late-season improved form for fifth with an eight-second gap to sixth. Jonas Folger (6th) faded late in the race. Andother two seconds back was Simone Corsi (7th) followed by another three-second gap to Axel Pons (8th). Marcel Schrotter (9th) and Xavi Vierge (10th) rounded out the top 10.

Championship contenders Alex Rins and Sam Lowes both crashed out. Points leader Johann Zarco climbed as high as eighth but ended in 12th. The results mean that Zarco with 226 points now leads the championship by 22 points over Luthi and 25 points over Rins who dropped to third in the Championship with two races remaining. Before last week's Motegi race, Rins was a single point behind Zarco.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 39'15.891
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 0.01
3 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 0.53
4 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 3.081
5 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 3.815
6 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 11.087
7 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 13.291
8 49 Axel PONS Kalex 16.411
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 17.65
10 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 17.665
11 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 17.762
12 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 17.796
13 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 31.575
14 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 34.67
15 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 40.454
16 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 47.707
17 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex +1'34.470
18 93 Ramdan ROSLI Kalex 1 Lap
Not Classified      
  20 Alessandro NOCCO Kalex 2 Laps
  54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 3 Laps
  52 Danny KENT Kalex 3 Laps
  87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 12 Laps
  60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 16 Laps
  27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 16 Laps
  40 Alex RINS Kalex 19 Laps
  22 Sam LOWES Kalex 23 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap    
  55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 0 Lap

 

Round Number: 
16
2016
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Comments

Crazy how Zarco/Rins/Lowes are on such bad streaks of results, and Luthi is hot - 3 wins in the last 5. Should be a very interesting last 2 races!

Point since Silverstone

Zarco: 45

Luthi: 98

Rins: 39

Morbidelli: 83

Lowes: 25