Bagnaia Leads Sky VR46 1-2 at Buriram

by Louis Suddaby
Francesco Bagnaia (r) and Luca Marini (l) - Photo Credit: Sky Racing Team VR46

Francesco Bagnaia struck a huge blow in the battle for the Moto2 world championship by winning the Thailand Grand Prix at Buriram. The Italian proved too strong for title rival Miguel Oliveira in sweltering conditions while Luca Marini secured a Sky Racing Team VR46 1-2 by overtaking the Portuguese rider on the last lap, leaving him 28 points behind Bagnaia.

Bagnaia had to hold his nerve in the early laps with both Red Bull KTM riders putting him under intense pressure. Despite being surrounded by the two orange machines, Bagnaia coolly worked his way to the front with Brad Binder skating wide on lap ten before Oliveira was eased aside two laps later. Once the championship leader had outbraked Oliveira into turn four, he slowly eased away.

To make matters worse for KTM, the fast-finishing Marini would deprive them of crucial championship points in the closing laps. The no.10 muscled past Binder into third with three laps remaining before jumping straight onto the tail of Oliveira, pressuring the Portuguese rider into a mistake at turn three which handed second place away.

Binder followed his team-mate home in fourth with Fabio Quartararo a lonely fifth for Speed Up. As crash for polesitter Lorenzo Baldassarri promoted Mattia Pasini to sixth while Iker Lecuona finished seventh ahead of Tetsuta Nagashima in a career-best eighth. Andrea Locatelli also impressed in ninth while Simone Corsi rounded out the top ten.


Moto2 PTT Thailand Grand Prix (Result)

142. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR4639:00.009
210. Luca MariniKalexSky Racing Team VR46+1.512
344. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+1.651
441. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+1.808
520. Fabio QuartararoSpeed UpMB Conveyors - Speed Up+6.260
654. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+11.784
727. Iker LecuonaKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+15.290
845. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+16.903
95. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+18.608
1024. Simone CorsiKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+21.181
1197. Xavi ViergeKalexDynavolt Intact GP+22.021
1287. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+23.957
1316. Joe RobertsNTSNTS RW Racing GP+24.668
1464. Bo BendsneyderTech 3Tech 3 Racing+26.302
1566. Niki TuuliKalexSIC Racing Team+26.817
1677. Dominique AegerterKTMKiefer Racing+30.758
179. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+34.782
1899. Thitipong WarokornKalexSAG Team+38.315
1957. Edgar PonsSpeed UpMB Conveyors - Speed Up+40.294
2095. Jules DaniloKalexNashi Argan SAG Team+40.845
2189. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+41.349
2218. Xavi CardelusKalexMarinelli Snipers Team+43.908
234. Steven OdendaalNTSNTS RW Racing GP+57.257
2432. Isaac VinalesSuterForward Racing Team+59.207
2521. Federico FuligniKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+59.383
NC22. Sam LowesKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+1 Lap
NC7. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexPons HP40+14 Laps
NC73. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+18 Laps
NC62. Stefano ManziSuterForward Racing Team+23 Laps
NC40. Augusto FernandezKalexPons HP40+24 Laps
NC23. Marcel SchrotterKalexDynavolt Intact GP+24 Laps
NC36. Joan MirKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+24 Laps

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