Folger Victorious at Rain Soaked Brno


Jonas Folger claimed his first Moto2 victory for over a year after coping best with torrential conditions at Brno. The German led every lap to take victory ahead of Alex Rins and Sam Lowes who both revived their championship challenges thanks to a difficult afternoon for series leader Johann Zarco.

Zarco had qualified on pole position but despite a victory in similar conditions at the Sachsenring, the reigning champion never figured in the battle for the lead this time. The only time Johann led the field was off the start line but a fast-starting Folger drew alongside from the second row and showed remarkable bravery to ride round the outside of the Frenchman at turn one, grabbing the lead immediately.

As the Ajo rider tumbled down the order, Rins led the chase behind Folger but Lowes had work to do initially, lying fifth behind Takaaki Nakagami and Hafizh Syahrin. The Briton began his podium push with a move on Syahrin entering the stadium section on lap three and once he had dived past Nakagami a lap later, third place belonged to the Gresini rider.

The top three soon spaced out but there was no shortage of action behind with Nakagami later coming under pressure from Simone Corsi who used his Speed Up as a battering ram to overtake the Japanese rider. Nakagami was eliminated on the spot but Corsi’s hopes of points were soon extinguished by a ride-through penalty.

Mattia Pasini emerged in an unlikely fourth, matching his result in Germany, although it didn’t come without drama with the Italian colliding with Sandro Cortese on the penultimate lap. The demise of the German promoted Alex Marquez to fifth with Hafizh Syahrin completing the top six for Petronas Raceline Malaysia.

Danny Kent produced a timely return to form with seventh ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Miguel Oliveira but the day‘s stand-out performance came from Anthony West who dragged the unfancied Suter into the top ten, one spot ahead of the subdued Zarco.

 

Moto2 HJC Helmets Grand Prix Ceske Republiky (Race Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/GapPts
194. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP45:30.34225
240. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+5.17520
322. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+9.02116
454. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+14.76313
573. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+17.95911
655. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+24.24710
752. Danny KentKalexLeopard Racing+25.6969
821. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+25.9168
944. Miguel OliveiraKalexLeopard Racing+27.1997
1095. Anthony WestSuterMontaze Broz Racing Team+36.3406
115. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport+36.7545
1297. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing+37.3774
1360. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+37.4563
1432. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing+37.5792
1519. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+37.7761
167. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team+49.011
1777. Dominique AegerterKalexCarXpert Interwetten+1:01.767
1823. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team+1:08.803
1924. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up+1:09.535
2057. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+1:09.554
2187. Remy GardnerKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+1:16.694
2270. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten+1:16.851
2311. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP+1:17.235
242. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+1:43.708
2514. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+1 Lap
NC30. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+9 Laps
NC10. Luca MariniKalexForward Team+10 Laps
NC49. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+20 Laps
NS12. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus InterwettenInjured