2016 Valencia Moto2 Race Result: A Commanding Win That Was Actually Exciting

In a sunny Valencia, another champion bowed out of the class he conquered with a trip to the top of the podium. Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli put on a show in the name of the intermediate class for the first part of the race, the Frenchman ending up in front with another dominating performance.

Despite getting a great start, Luthi couldn’t hold off Zarco, the Frenchman taking the lead and also keeping an aggressive Morbidelli at bay. The Italian came off worse in the battle, losing second place to Alex Rins. That finally seemed to give us the much anticipated battle that should have taken place much earlier in the championship, Zarco and Rins trading overtakes at the top, but that particular fight didn’t last long either.

As Morbidelli eventually split the duo, that allowed Luthi to rejoin the lead group and steal third position from Rins. By lap seven, Zarco and Morbidelli seemed to make it a two-horse race – albeit a very exciting one, the duo rubbing fairings at every possible occasion. The unstoppable battle brought Luthi and Rins back into contention although the non-stop action at the front left little room for them to try anything. Behind the lead group, Sam Lowes had over a second to recover if he were to join the fun.

With fifteen laps to go and with Morbidelli at the lead, the group seemed to have remembered that you are not supposed to have many overtaking opportunities around this track, the order settling a little until Zarco got away again, posting several fastest laps to stretch a significant gap to his Estrella Galicia rival. With six laps to go, the gap was almost a second, with Luthi a further second behind Morbidelli and getting pushed by Rins but never looking like a real threat.

On the last lap, Morbidelli paid the price for his early feistiness, Luthi making the overtake on the Italian look effortless and snatching second place away from him. Rins also suffered and that allowed Lowes to get ahead in the final turns, despite the Brit spending most of the race over a second behind the lead group.

Luthi’s second place consolidated his second position in the championship as well, Alex Rins only just holding on to third after the last lap shenanigans, one point ahead of Morbidelli.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 43'17.626
2 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex +3.281
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex +4.981
4 22 Sam LOWES Kalex +5.636
5 40 Alex RINS Kalex +5.850
6 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex +11.605
7 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +16.391
8 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex +16.964
9 52 Danny KENT Kalex +17.451
10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex +17.668
11 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up +20.455
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 +20.911
13 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Kalex +21.650
14 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex +22.581
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex +23.734
16 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up +26.328
17 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex +29.421
18 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex +29.667
19 57 Edgar PONS Kalex +29.749
20 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex +39.289
21 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex +43.105
22 10 Luca MARINI Kalex +43.532
23 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up +51.271
24 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex +56.617
    Not Classified    
  73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 10 Laps
  32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 17 Laps
  42 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 22 Laps
  11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 23 Laps
  49 Axel PONS Kalex 23 Laps
  16 Hugo CLERE Transfiormers 23 Laps

 

Round Number: 
18
2017
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Total votes: 48

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First half of the race, with Zarco and Morbidelli going at it hammer and tongs.
Now who was it who was asserting, 4 or 5 races ago, that Zarco was "lucky" to be leading the championship????

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