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.
|22||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||+47.675|
|23||47||Axel BASSANI||Speed Up||+48.478|
|26||5||Andrea LOCATELLI||Kalex||1 Lap|
|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|