Rins Too Strong for Corsi in French GP

by Louis Suddaby

Alex Rins moved back into the lead of the Moto2 world championship with victory in the French Grand Prix. The Spaniard resisted race-long pressure from Speed Up’s Simone Corsi and with Sam Lowes finishing a lonely sixth, Rins has taken a five-point lead over the Gresini rider.

After his dominance during qualifying, the signs looked to be ominous when Thomas Luthi converted pole position into a first lap lead ahead of Rins and Corsi. The other championship favourites saw any chance of going with the leading group disappear in the early laps with Lowes and Johann Zarco falling to tenth and eleventh while ninth-placed Jonas Folger fell out of the race altogether after a crash at La Chapelle.

As Lowes began to make progress, passing Dominique Aegerter and Marcel Schrotter for seventh, Rins was also on the move and after one failed manoeuvre at Musée, the Pons rider finally overhauled Luthi thanks to a helpful slipstream down the start/finish straight. Corsi would soon produce a near-identical move to snatch second soon afterwards and for several laps, kept pace with the leading Kalex, but in the closing laps the Italian’s challenge faded, forcing him to settle for second.

Luthi took third, aided by a crash for Lorenzo Baldassarri which took him out of podium contention. Franco Morbidelli held off Takaaki Nakagami for fourth while Sam Lowes was promoted to sixth by Baldassarri’s misfortune. The Briton’s championship hopes were also boosted by a crash for Johann Zarco which took the defending champion out of seventh. The Frenchman’s loss was Axel Pons’ gain, while Hafizh Syahrin, Miguel Oliveira and Luis Salom were also promoted into the top ten.


Moto2 Monster Energy Grand Prix de France (Race Result)

140. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 4042:27.31225
224. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up+1.80220
312. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus Interwetten+4.60816
421. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+9.14813
530. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+9.82811
622. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+10.62610
749. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+25.4779
855. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+25.9618
944. Miguel OliveiraKalexLeopard Racing+29.4817
1039. Luis SalomKalexSAG Team+29.3686
1119. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+29.5735
1210. Luca MariniKalexForward Team+29.7734
1377. Dominique AegerterKalexCarXpert Interwetten+30.1833
1423. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team+30.2442
1597. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing+36.5681
1654. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+38.602
177. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team+44.911
1870. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten+45.297
1952. Danny KentKalexLeopard Racing+45.755
2032. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing+50.278
2114. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+55.773
2233. Alessandro TonucciKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+1:01.790
232. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+1:02.201
245. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport+1:02.484
2569. Danny EslickSuterJPMoto Malaysia+1:39.502
NC73. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+13 Laps
NC60. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+19 Laps
NC94. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP+25 Laps
NQ11. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP

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