Dominant Baldassarri Claims Victory at Jerez


Lorenzo Baldassarri - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Lorenzo Baldassarri followed up his sensational pole position with a dominant victory in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. The Italian was unchallenged for most of the race as he claimed his second career win, moving him to within nine points of overall leader Francesco Bagnaia who finished third behind Miguel Oliveira.

In the early stages, the race was shaping up to be a repeat of the battle between Baldassarri and Alex Marquez during Saturday’s qualifying session, Marquez grabbing the lead at the start. However, the Pons rider would strike back at the Dry Sack hairpin on lap three, outbraking Marquez into the right-hander, and the Spaniard would soon throw away any hopes of victory with a crash at turn two shortly before half distance.

Despite the best efforts of Oliveira, Baldassarri would ultimately prove too strong as the gap gradually increased during the second half of the race. Oliveira wound up a lonely second while Bagnaia was forced to withstand intense pressure from Xavi Vierge in the closing stages, eventually holding off the Dynavolt rider for third.

Mattia Pasini recovered from a poor qualifying position to salvage fifth ahead of Brad Binder who faded after a bright start to finish sixth. Marcel Schrotter pipped the Swiss Innovative Investors KTMs of Sam Lowes and Iker Lecuona to take seventh while Fabio Quartararo gave Speed Up their first top ten result of the year.

 

Moto2 Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana: (Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
17. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexPons HP4039:33.889
244. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+2.851
342. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+6.250
497. Xavi ViergeKalexDynavolt Intact GP+6.953
554. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+10.138
641. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+11.731
723. Marcel SchrotterKalexDynavolt Intact GP+18.138
822. Sam LowesKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+18.677
927. Iker LecuonaKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+20.743
1020. Fabio QuartararoSpeed UpBeta Tools - Speed Up Racing+20.787
1136. Joan MirKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+23.202
1224. Simone CorsiKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+23.419
1345. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+26.132
1440. Hector BarberaKalexPons HP40+26.951
155. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+27.121
1664. Bo BendsneyderTech 3Tech 3 Racing+27.377
179. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+33.193
1889. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+33.834
1932. Isaac VinalesKalexSAG Team+44.651
203. Lukas TulovicKTMKiefer Racing+49.048
2121. Federico FuligniKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+50.333
NC18. Xavi CardelusKalexTeam Stylobike+53.016
2214. Hector GarzoTech 3Tech 3 Racing+59.489
2395. Jules DaniloKalexNashi Argan SAG Team+1 Lap
244. Steven OdendaalNTSNTS RW Racing GP+2 Laps
NC16. Joe RobertsNTSNTS RW Racing GP+5 Laps
NC73. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+13 Laps
NC52. Danny KentSpeed UpBeta Tools - Speed Up Racing+13 Laps
NC63. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKalexSIC Racing Team+14 Laps
NC62. Stefano ManziSuterForward Racing Team+15 Laps
NC13. Romano FenatiKalexMarinelli Snipers Team+17 Laps
NC51. Eric GranadoSuterForward Racing Team+21 Laps
NC10. Luca MariniKalexSky Racing Team VR46+23 Laps