Marquez Marches to Unchallenged Moto2 Win

by Louis Suddaby

Alex Marquez gave his Moto2 championship hopes a significant boost with a dominant victory in Sunday’s Catalunya Grand Prix. The Spaniard led every lap on his way to an unchallenged win and with series leader Franco Morbidelli only managing sixth, Marquez is now just twenty points off the overall lead.

The tone for the race was set immediately with Marquez storming off into the distance in the opening laps, opening up a two second lead over Mattia Pasini within two laps. Morbidelli held third at this point but despite briefly edging ahead of the Mugello winner, the championship leader would gradually fall backwards as the race unfolded.

Much of the damage was done on lap eight as Thomas Luthi took third from his title rival with Morbidelli almost losing the front end of his Kalex at turn five as he mounted a comeback. This loss of momentum allowed Miguel Oliveira’s KTM to ease past into fourth and the situation got worse ten laps from home with Lorenzo Baldassarri pinching fifth.

Marquez was serene at the front though, eventually settling with a 3.5 second advantage and controlling the pace out in front. Pasini enjoyed a similarly comfortable race in second with Luthi claiming a sixth podium in seven races in third, moving him to within seven points of Morbidelli’s championship lead.

Oliveira claimed fourth ahead of Baldassarri and Morbidelli with Jorge Navarro making more progress with a career-best of seventh, one year on from his maiden Moto3 win at the same venue. Fabio Quartararo was another rookie to impress in eighth, edging out Tech 3’s Xavi Vierge while Hafizh Syahrin rounded out the top ten.


Moto2 Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya – Race Result

173. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS42:40.50225
254. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+3.52520
312. Thomas LuthiKalexCarXpert Interwetten+4.45216
444. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+5.32213
57. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team+9.93011
621. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+14.17210
79. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+16.1929
840. Fabio QuartararoKalexPons HP 40+18.2178
997. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing+19.0967
1055. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+19.1796
1130. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+19.3615
1224. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+19.9574
1332. Isaac VinalesKalexBE-A-VIP SAG Team+20.9873
1442. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+22.2202
155. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+23.5011
1668. Yonny HernandezKalexAGR Team+23.565
1777. Dominique AegerterSuterKiefer Racing+24.423
1841. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+24.776
1949. Axel PonsKalexRW Racing GP+25.257
2087. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+29.261
2119. Xavier SimeonKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+30.062
2237. Augusto FernandezSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+38.420
2357. Edgar PonsKalexPons HP 40+47.235
242. Jesko RaffinKalexCarXpert Interwetten+47.390
2527. Iker LecuonaKalexGarage Plus Interwetten+54.588
2689. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+55.085
2745. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexTeluru SAG Team+57.049
2822. Federico FuligniKalexForward Junior Team+1:07.344
NC23. Marcel SchrotterSuterDynavolt Intact GP+2 Laps
NC62. Stefano ManziKalexSky Racing Team VR46+8 Laps
NC11. Sandro CorteseSuterDynavolt Intact GP+12 Laps
NC6. Tarran MackenzieSuterKiefer Racing+20 Laps
NS10. Luca MariniKalexForward TeamInjured

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