Alex Marquez took advantage of a crash from championship leader Franco Morbidelli to claim his maiden Moto2 victory on home soil at Jerez. The Spaniard broke his duck in the intermediate class at the 39th time of asking, bringing his team-mate’s undefeated start to 2017 to an end.
Marquez had dominated the weekend prior to race day but the pressure looked to be telling when the no.73 skated wide at turn five, handing the lead to Morbidelli. As it turned out though, Alex had the superior race pace and in his desperate attempts to keep the no.73 at bay, Franco lost the front end of his Kalex at turn nine, the same corner where he had crashed on Friday afternoon.
From there, the path was clear for Marquez to take a long-overdue victory while a lap two collision blew the podium battle wide open. Speed Up’s Simone Corsi instigated a three-bike clash at the Dry Sac hairpin, tagging Xavi Vierge whilst also wiping out championship contender Takaaki Nakagami.
Through the mayhem came Francesco Bagnaia who saw off the early threat from Mattia Pasini to finish a superb second, claiming his maiden Moto2 rostrum in just his fourth start. Pasini would fade, ultimately losing third to the KTM of Miguel Oliveira, but the Italtrans rider just had enough to hold off the Forward Kalex of Luca Marini.
Marcel Schrotter was the leading Suter across the line in sixth, just edging out Dominique Aegerter while Thomas Luthi salvaged eighth from a tough weekend, closing Morbidelli’s championship lead down to eleven points.
Moto2 Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana – Race Result
|1||73. Alex Marquez||Kalex||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||43:24.350||25|
|2||42. Francesco Bagnaia||Kalex||Sky Racing Team VR46||+3.442||20|
|3||44. Miguel Oliveira||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+4.958||16|
|4||54. Mattia Pasini||Kalex||Italtrans Racing Team||+6.824||13|
|5||10. Luca Marini||Kalex||Forward Team||+6.917||11|
|6||23. Marcel Schrotter||Suter||Dynavolt Intact GP||+9.561||10|
|7||77. Dominique Aegerter||Suter||Kiefer Racing||+10.266||9|
|8||12. Thomas Luthi||Kalex||CarXpert Interwetten||+11.594||8|
|9||68. Yonny Hernandez||Kalex||AGR Team||+19.212||7|
|10||49. Axel Pons||Kalex||RW Racing GP||+19.293||6|
|11||7. Lorenzo Baldassarri||Kalex||Forward Team||+19.672||5|
|12||9. Jorge Navarro||Kalex||Federal Oil Gresini Moto2||+24.487||4|
|13||55. Hafizh Syahrin||Kalex||Petronas Raceline Malaysia||+25.522||3|
|14||88. Ricard Cardus||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+26.049||2|
|15||45. Tetsuta Nagashima||Kalex||Teluru SAG Team||+26.089||1|
|16||40. Fabio Quartararo||Kalex||Pons HP 40||+29.877|
|17||57. Edgar Pons||Kalex||Pons HP 40||+33.799|
|18||32. Isaac Vinales||Kalex||BE-A-VIP SAG Team||+35.196|
|19||19. Xavier Simeon||Kalex||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||+40.950|
|20||2. Jesko Raffin||Kalex||CarXpert Interwetten||+43.165|
|21||30. Takaaki Nakagami||Kalex||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||+43.282|
|22||87. Remy Gardner||Tech 3||Tech 3 Racing||+47.675|
|23||47. Axel Bassani||Speed Up||Speed Up Racing||+48.478|
|24||22. Federico Fuligni||Suter||Kiefer Racing||+1:11.416|
|25||62. Stefano Manzi||Kalex||Sky Racing Team VR46||+1:15.738|
|26||5. Andrea Locatelli||Kalex||Italtrans Racing Team||+1 Lap|
|NC||11. Sandro Cortese||Suter||Dynavolt Intact GP||+9 Laps|
|NC||97. Xavi Vierge||Tech 3||Tech 3 Racing||+9 Laps|
|NC||89. Khairul Idham Pawi||Kalex||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||+12 Laps|
|NC||27. Iker Lecuona||Kalex||Garage Plus Interwetten||+14 Laps|
|NC||21. Franco Morbidelli||Kalex||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||+17 Laps|
|NC||24. Simone Corsi||Speed Up||Speed Up Racing||+23 Laps|