2017 Jerez Moto2 Race Result: Fast And Steady Wins The Race

Twenty-six degrees and quite a Moto3 race to live up to was the challenge awaiting the intermediate class and, while eventful in various ways, the proceedings did not live up fully to the billing. However, for Alex Marquez they did, the former Moto3 champion taking his long-awaited first win in Moto2, the eighth different winner in the past eight races at the circuit.

A welcome but unlikely second was Pecco Bagnaia, the rookie stepping onto the podium in only his fourth race in the class through a combination of speed and luck, followed by a slow-starting but fast later on Miguel Oliveira.

For the first half of the race, it looked like a more familiar story. Franco Morbidelli appeared to steal the lead into turn one after a decent start for both EG 0,0 Marc VDS teammates but Marquez made it right back and already started to build a bit of a gap, four tenths by the end of the first lap. The two were the only ones to post times into the 1:42s from the very start, stretching a gap of over three seconds after a handful of laps.

Morbidelli first hit the front with eighteen laps to go after Marquez went wide in turn five and gifted his teammate quite a precious present. The gift wasn’t to be enjoyed for long as the championship leader crashed only two laps later in tricky turn nine. The Spaniard already had over four seconds in hand over Bagnaia, keeping it steady as the podium battle heated up behind him.

Bagnaia and Mattia Pasini enjoyed a great first few laps to go past Dominique Aegerter and Oliveira, who appeared to struggle on a full tank. The veteran Italian hunted down his rookie compatriot to challenge him for second place midway through the race, adding a sweet save to his crash-filled portfolio. The scare calmed him down but brought Oliveira back into podium contention, the Portuguese rider making his way past Pasini quite aggressively with five laps to go.

Luca Marini climbed into a deserved fifth, ahead of Marcel Schrotter and front-row-starter Aegerter. Tom Luthi had a cautious start, not really gaining much on track throughout the race either, besides benefiting from crashes in front of him to lift himself into eighth position.

With Morbidelli crashing out and Nakagami wiped out by Corsi earlier in the race, Luthi came out good in the title chase, now eleven points down on the Marc VDS Italian. Oliveira keeps third but gets as close as five points to Luthi, with Marquez climbing into fourth spot following his win.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 43'24.350
2 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex +3.442
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +4.958
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +6.824
5 10 Luca MARINI Kalex +6.917
6 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter +9.561
7 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter +10.266
8 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex +11.594
9 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex +19.212
10 49 Axel PONS Kalex +19.293
11 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex +19.672
12 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex +24.487
13 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex +25.522
14 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM +26.049
15 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +26.089
16 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex +29.877
17 57 Edgar PONS Kalex +33.799
18 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex +35.196
19 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex +40.950
20 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex +43.165
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex +43.282
22 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 +47.675
23 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up +48.478
24 22 Federico FULIGNI Suter +1'11.416
25 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex +1'15.738
26 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1 Lap
    Not Classified    
  11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 9 Laps
  97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 9 Laps
  89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 12 Laps
  27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 14 Laps
  21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 17 Laps
  24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 23 Laps

 

Round Number: 
4
2017
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