Oliveira Wins to Take Championship Lead

by Louis Suddaby
Miguel Oliveira - Brno - Race Winner

Miguel Oliveira moved into the Moto2 championship lead for the first time this season after winning a thrilling four-way battle at Brno. The Portuguese rider denied Luca Marini his maiden victory after going side-by-side throughout the final lap while Francesco Bagnaia lost the points lead despite finishing a close third.

Marini was looking to emulate the achievement of his half-brother Valentino Rossi who claimed his first-ever victory at this circuit over two decades earlier and the Sky VR46 rider regularly showed his aggression at the front, battling with team-mate Bagnaia, Oliveira and the Pons Kalex of Lorenzo Baldassarri. The group had earlier contained Alex Marquez but the rider lying third in the championship suffered another costly crash at the final corner shortly before half distance.

Oliveira had led onto the final lap but a rare error from the KTM rider saw Marini sneak through at turn one. The polesitter led all the way until the penultimate ‘S’ bends, fending off one attack at turn ten before being muscled aside into turn 11. Marini had one final lunge into the final chicane but Oliveira would brave it out, hanging on to win but just seven hundredths of a second.

Bagnaia got the better of Baldassarri on the last lap to finish third while Xavi Vierge won the battle of the second group to take fifth, narrowly beating Sachsenring winner Brad Binder and Marcel Schrotter. Jorge Navarro was eighth ahead of Sam Lowes with Mattia Pasini fading to tenth having led early in proceedings.

 

Moto2 Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske Republiky (Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
144. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo39:22.324
210. Luca MariniKalexSky Racing Team VR46+0.070
342. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+0.525
47. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexPons HP40+0.745
597. Xavi ViergeKalexDynavolt Intact GP+3.362
641. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+3.643
723. Marcel SchrotterKalexDynavolt Intact GP+3.694
89. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+3.728
922. Sam LowesKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+4.038
1054. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+5.030
1120. Fabio QuartararoSpeed UpLightech - Speed Up Racing+5.153
1240. Augusto FernandezKalexPons HP40+5.839
1327. Iker LecuonaKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+6.857
145. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+9.473
1524. Simone CorsiKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+10.054
1645. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+10.626
1777. Dominique AegerterKTMKiefer Racing+10.658
1816. Joe RobertsNTSNTS RW Racing GP+18.136
194. Steven OdendaalNTSNTS RW Racing GP+19.040
2089. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+21.334
2166. Niki TuuliKalexSIC Racing Team+28.078
2295. Jules DaniloKalexNashi Argan SAG Team+34.570
2351. Eric GranadoSuterForward Racing Team+45.169
2412. Sheridan MoraisKalexWilli Race Racing Team+1:08.853
NC52. Danny KentSpeed UpLightech - Speed Up Racing+8 Laps
NC73. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+11 Laps
NC13. Romano FenatiKalexMarinelli Snipers Team+12 Laps
NC62. Stefano ManziSuterForward Racing Team+14 Laps
NC18. Xavi CardelusKalexTeam Stylobike+17 Laps
NC55. Alejandro MedinaKalexSAG Team+18 Laps
NC36. Joan MirKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+19 Laps
NC64. Bo BendsneyderTech 3Tech 3 Racing+19 Laps
NC87. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+19 Laps

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