Lowes Stretches Clear with Jerez Victory

by Louis Suddaby

Sam Lowes has extended his lead at the top of the Moto2 world championship after a comfortable victory in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. The Briton converted pole position into his first win of the season ahead of Jonas Folger and Alex Rins to move ten points clear of the Spaniard.

Folger, winner of this Grand Prix last year, looked dangerous in the early going after outdragging Lowes on the approach to the first corner but Simone Corsi almost proved dangerous in a literal sense after leaving his braking later than anyone at the first corner, coming perilously close to wiping out Lorenzo Baldassarri. The Speed Up rider wouldn’t pester the leaders for much longer though, crashing out at turn two on the second lap.

As the temperatures rose, grip levels appeared to drop and Folger was the next to be caught out, sliding wide at the Dry Sac hairpin and allowing Lowes through into the lead but things would get even worse for Dynavolt Intact GP three laps later when Sandro Cortese tumbled out of fifth. Reigning Moto3 champion Danny Kent was another to come unstuck, crashing out on the same lap.

The high rate of attrition didn’t affect Lowes whose relentless pace eventually proved too much for Folger, the Briton winning by 2.4s. Folger took a comfortable second in the end with Alex Rins fading after setting the fastest lap in the early exchanges while Franco Morbidelli claimed his best result since joining Marc VDS in fourth.

After toiling through practice and qualifying, Johann Zarco looked set to lose serious ground to his title rivals but the luck turned in the nick of the time for the Frenchman as the spate of crashes continued. Miguel Oliveira, who ran as high as sixth at one stage, completed a disastrous day for Leopard with a late tumble at turn three before a last lap crash for Lorenzo Baldassarri promoted the defending champion to fifth, thanks in part to a late pass on Thomas Luthi.

Takaaki Nakagami stayed out of trouble to finish seventh ahead of Dominique Aegerter and Luis Salom while Xavier Simeon was the only Speed Up rider to see the chequered flag in tenth.


Moto2 Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana (Race Result)

122. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto244:58.62425
294. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP+2.48020
340. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+8.11316
421. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+10.65913
55. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport+14.59411
612. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus Interwetten+16.01910
730. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+16.3529
877. Dominique AegerterKalexCarXpert Interwetten+18.4338
939. Luis SalomKalexSAG Team+21.5027
1019. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+31.3006
1155. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+35.9805
1254. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+37.3484
1332. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing+37.4543
142. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+48.9232
1570. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten+55.8321
1610. Luca MariniKalexForward Team+1:01.795
177. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team+1:09.465
1842. Federico FuligniKalexTeam Ciatti+1:10.201
1933. Alessandro TonucciKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+1:10.642
NC44. Miguel OliveiraKalexLeopard Racing+6 Laps
NC23. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team+15 Laps
NC52. Danny KentKalexLeopard Racing+21 Laps
NC49. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+21 Laps
NC11. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP+22 Laps
NC73. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+24 Laps
NC24. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up+25 Laps
NC14. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+26 Laps
NC97. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing+26 Laps
NS57. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40
NS60. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing TeamInjured

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