Zarco Beats Baldassarri in Ten Lap Dash

by Louis Suddaby

Johann Zarco got his Moto2 championship defence back on track with victory in a shortened Italian Grand Prix. The race was red flagged after a crash from Xavi Vierge punctured an air-fence and in the restarted ten lap sprint, Zarco edged out Lorenzo Baldassarri for his second win of the season.

The first phase of the race looked to be going to form with polesitter Sam Lowes leading away from Thomas Luthi and Takaaki Nakagami but Vierge’s crash at Correntaio on lap four caused damage to the safety barriers, forcing race direction to halt proceedings until suitable repairs had been made. The new quick restart procedure caught out several riders though with many missing the window to leave the pit-lane for their sighting lap and with seconds to go before the restart, the race was halted again while penalties were handed out.

No fewer than eight riders were found guilty of passing a red light at the exit of the pits with Nakagami and, crucially for the championship, points leader Alex Rins among those that received a penalty, relegating them to the back of the grid. From the front, Lowes had a golden opportunity to regain the championship lead but with no new tyre for the re-run, the Briton was eased back to fifth on lap one.

Baldassarri was chasing a maiden victory in front of his home crowd but on the final lap, Zarco produced a beautiful move into Materassi to grab the lead and despite a slipstream down the start/finish straight, Baldassarri agonisingly missed out on a first win by three hundredths of a second.

Lowes made a late recovery to overtake a feisty Hafizh Syahrin before snatching third from Luthi within sight of the flag. Although Rins rode heroically to salvage seventh, the Gresini rider regained the championship lead with his podium finish. Axel Pons took sixth ahead of Rins with Franco Morbidelli with Nakagami also slicing through the field to finish ninth.


Moto2 Gran Premio d’Italia TIM (Race Result)

15. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport18:59.39125
27. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team+0.03020
322. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+1.09616
412. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus Interwetten+1.21513
555. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+1.65311
649. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+2.11010
740. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+5.6499
821. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+6.2498
930. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+6.2807
1077. Dominique AegerterKalexCarXpert Interwetten+6.3226
1111. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP+6.7205
1224. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up+7.6594
1344. Miguel OliveiraKalexLeopard Racing+7.7183
1452. Danny KentKalexLeopard Racing+7.7452
1594. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP+8.0461
1673. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+9.300
1760. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+10.410
1823. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team+11.585
1988. Ricard CardusSuterJPMoto Malaysia+11.654
2042. Federico FuligniKalexTeam Ciatti+14.739
2170. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten+15.089
2214. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+15.098
2357. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+21.012
2432. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing+21.734
2533. Alessandro TonucciKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+30.005
262. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+50.423
NC39. Luis SalomKalexSAG Team+2 Laps
NC54. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+9 Laps
NC19. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team
NC10. Luca MariniKalexForward Team
NC97. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing

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