Given the orange-tinted glasses that we’ve been watching Moto2 racing through this season, this race result will come as no surprise but there were a few more twists in this particular tale than the outcome would suggest. Yes, Raul Fernandez took his third victory of his rookie season after starting from pole but no, it wasn’t a walk in the park, as his podium companions will attest. Remy Gardner made his intentions clear as he rubbed elbows with his teammate the first time into turn 1 but eventually had to admit defeat and settle for second. Augusto Fernandez spent a considerable amount of time in the lead of the race and despite the demotion to third, he seemed pretty happy to climb onto the podium for the first time since 2019.
Raul Fernandez could not make the most of his start from pole and got robbed by Aron Canet into turn 1, followed by a bit of contact with KTM Ajo teammate, which dropped the poleman down to fourth, behind Canet, Lowes and Gardner. To make matters worse, Ai Ogura, Augusto Fernandez, Marcel Schrotter, Xavi Vierge and Fabio Di Giannantonio all snuck ahead of the poleman over the course of lap 2, helped by a mistake from Fernandez at turn 2.
Meanwhile, Gardner found his way to the top by lap three and quickly stretched a half second gap over Lowes, who in turn had over half a second in hand on his teammate. Ogura was trying to keep up with the podium battle but had a sizeable group to contend with behind him, including Canet and the recovering Raul Fernandez, who got back into 6th position by lap four.
Gardner’s hopes of a runaway victory were not in Lowes’ script, who quickly caught up with his rival but when two fight the third often ends up on top, which meant that the squabble between the two at the final chicane allowed Augusto Fernandez to sweep past into turn 1. The Elf Marc VDS duo quickly built a bit of a gap over Gardner, while Raul Fernandez had picked up the chase and was one second behind his teammate.
Lowes took over the lead from his teammate with 17 laps to go and a mistake for Augusto Fernandez at turn 5 also allowed Gardner through, the trio keeping in close proximity, while Raul Fernandez had reduced the gap to the leaders to under one second and dropped his many pursuers over a second behind, led by Di Giannantonio.
Raul Fernandez had fully bridged the gap with 14 laps to go and made it a four-way battle for victory, with Lowes still leading and not yet shown a wheel by his challengers. Augusto Fernandez did punish a small mistake from Gardner on lap 12 to go second and was back in charge of proceedings by the end of lap 13. His namesake replicated the move on his own teammate in the run to turn 1 and got ahead of Gardner for the first time in the race.
Augusto Fernandez pushed at the front to keep Lowes and Raul Fernandez behind him, but it looked like Gardner was losing a bit of ground on the trio. He was in no threat from behind, where Marco Bezzecchi had picked up the pursuit almost 4 seconds behind the Australian. Fabio Di Giannantonio tried to resist his compatriot but crashed out of contention soon after.
Meanwhile, Raul Fernandez found turn 1 ahead of Lowes with 9 laps remaining and went to pursue the other Fernandez. Augusto resisted but not for long, Raul picking up the lead for the first time on the brakes into turn 1 with 7 laps left. It briefly looked like the Fernandez duo had dropped off their teammates but both were soon back into contention, Lowes attacking Augusto Fernandez only one lap later. However, while the Marc VDS boys were fighting for second, the rookie ahead extended a gap of almost one second.
Raul Fernandez started the final four laps a second and a half ahead of his rivals led by Lowes, but the British rider struggled to hold onto that position, allowing both Augusto Fernandez and Gardner past at turn 1 with 3 laps remaining. Gardner got ahead of the other Marc VDS machine at turn 16 before entering the final lap but regardless of who led the pursuit, no one seemed able to reduce the gap to the runaway leader and Raul Fernandez took the chequered flag first. Gardner had to admit defeat and concede a handful of points in the championship standings. Augusto Fernandez secured third, leaving teammate Lowes off the podium. Bezzecchi crossed the finish line six seconds later, ahead of a pretty impressive Ogura, with Jorge Navarro, Vierge, Schrotter and Celestino Vietti completing the top 10.
Gardner goes on holiday 31 points ahead of his teammate, with Bezzecchi 56 points behind the leader and Lowes a sizeable 85.
|21||24||Simone Corsi||MV Agusta||+27.638|
|22||18||Manuel Gonzalez||MV Agusta||+35.908|
|44||Aron Canet||Boscoscuro||5 Laps|
|21||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Kalex||9 Laps|
|16||Joe Roberts||Kalex||17 Laps|
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|19||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Kalex||0 Lap|
|14||Tony Arbolino||Kalex||0 Lap|