2019 Jerez Moto2 Race Result: Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

If it’s usually the lightweight class that gives you a heart attack from start to finish, this time Moto2 picked up the baton and got the shindig red flagged after just two turns. After a few riders slid out at turn one, an unlucky Remy Gardner fell from third position around turn two and the domino effect took out a couple of other riders, including a pretty hefty fall for Alex Marquez. All riders were lucky not to get hit by the oncoming convoy but Gardner missed the restart as he was taken to the medical centre, conscious but quite battered, while the damage to Marquez’s machine got repaired in record time to allow him a pitlane restart.

The original grid lined up for a shortened 15 lap race and Augusto Fernandez nailed the start for a second time, the Spaniard showing the way to teammate Lorenzo Baldassarri, the Flexbox duo taking off at the front. Tom Luthi was the lead pursuer ahead of an impressive Xavi Vierge who staretd in 12th and immediately climbed into fourth. Poleman Navarro was down to fifth after a pretty tame launch off the line, with teammate Di Giannantonio keeping him company.

By lap four, the top three men stretched one second’s advantage while the Flexbox boys were exchanging fastest laps on the timesheets. With Luthi still chasing them at a respectable distance, the second group down the road included Navarro, Vierge, Brad Binder, Di Giannantonio and Sam Lowes. That was soon reduced to just three as Di Giannantonio lost some ground and Lowes hit the ground by lap seven.

If Baldassarri was soon putting pressure on his teammate and taking the lead in the final turn, Luthi was going backwards and allowed Navarro to make a comeback and join the provisional podium with eight laps left. However, the 1.6s gap to the two leaders seemed like a long way to go even for the rapid poleman, while Luthi kept close but struggled to fight back.

Fernandez was a team player for the final five laps, not showing any intention of attacking his championship leading teammate but keeping glued to his tail. Meanwhile, Navarro was flying and digging into that gap, the Spaniard finally catching up with his compatriot on the penultimate lap. At the start of the final lap, Baldassarri had seven tenths of defend and he did a good job with about three of those so Navarro would have needed another couple of turns to get a shot at victory.

Baldassarri eventually denied a home victory to Navarro and got a sweet advantage in the championship order. However, Spain did get two riders on the podium as Fernandez celebrated a return from injury with a third place. Luthi faded toward the end of the race but played it safe and took home some good points in fourth. Binder eventually won his race-long battle with Vierge, while Tetsuta Nagashima overcame some early technical trouble to finish seventh. Luca Marini, Nicolo Bulega and Iker Lecuona had impressive performances to complete the top ten, despite little of that being on camera.

Another win for Baldassarri secures his championship lead ahead of Luthi by 17 points. A pretty anonymous Schrotter is now third, another tenth points back, followed by Navarro. Gardner is demoted to fifth while Marquez ran a solitary race outside the point and dropped to sixth in the standings.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 25'33.841
2 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up +0.359
3 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex +1.091
4 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex +2.428
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM +3.767
6 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex +4.955
7 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +7.842
8 10 Luca MARINI Kalex +8.026
9 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex +8.571
10 27 Iker LECUONA KTM +10.235
11 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex +10.445
12 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up +12.708
13 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta +14.179
14 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex +15.470
15 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex +16.188
16 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS +18.335
17 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex +20.944
18 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS +22.591
19 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM +25.896
20 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM +27.150
21 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta +27.887
22 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM +28.312
23 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +29.063
24 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex +32.311
25 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM +1'01.987
    Not Classified    
  88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 8 Laps
  22 Sam LOWES Kalex 8 Laps
  54 Mattia PASINI KTM 10 Laps
  24 Simone CORSI Kalex 12 Laps
    Not Starting    
  87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 0 Lap
  20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 0 Lap
Round Number: 
4
2019
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