Bastianini dominates for maiden win

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Debut Moto2 poleman Marco Bezzecchi nailed the launch off the line and held the lead at Turn 1 ahead of Bastianini and last week’s Jerez race winner Luca Marini.

Italtrans rider Bastianini quickly dispatched the VR46 Kalex of Bezzecchi and immediately opened up an advantage of half a second at the front.

Marini quickly surmounted his VR46 team-mate Bezzecchi, who began to fall into the clutches of Sam Lowes on the Marc VDS Kalex as the top two opened up a buffer.

By lap five, Bastianini’s advantage stood at around seven tenths, though Marini would cut this down to half a second two tours later.

A mistake for Bastianini at Turn 8 on lap 11 gave Marini a sniff, but the Italtrans rider defended his line well and kept himself in check over the next few tours as Marini hounded his lead.

Bastianini would start to edge away again on lap 14, re-establishing his lead at six tenths and continued to put more daylight between himself and Marini.

With five laps to go, Bastianini had pulled the pin and his lead over Marini opened out to 1.8s, with that gap extending to over two seconds over the final few tours.

Keeping it clean across the last laps, Bastianini eased to his first grand prix victory since the 2018 Moto3 Catalan GP and has announced himself as a championship contender.

Marini crossed the line in second, while team-mate Bezzecchi fended off a late charge from Lowes to secure his first Moto2 podium.

However, while both VR46 riders celebrated with each other after the chequered flag, they both had an embarrassing collision at between Turns 1 and 2. Both were unharmed.

Aron Canet got his Aspar bike to fifth ahead of KTM Ajo’s Jorge Martin, while Tom Luthi was seventh on the Intact GP Kalex.

Xavi Vierge was eighth on the Petronas Sprinta machine ahead of MV Agusta’s Stefano Manzi and the sister Intact bike of Marcel Schrotter, who mugged Nagashima at the final corner when the Japanese rider ran wide.

Nagashima took a heavy knock in a crash in FP3 on Saturday and could only qualify 15th, but maintains a slender championship lead on Bastianini by two points, with Marini five points back in third.

The all-Italian podium in Andalusia marks the first time this has happened in the intermediate class since Imola in 1998.

Pictures courtesy of Drona Sports

Moto2 Andalusia Results – 23 laps

PosRiderTeamGap
1Enea BastianiniItaltrans Racing Team39m23.922s
2Luca MariniSKY Racing Team VR462.153s
3Marco BezzecchiSKY Racing Team VR463.243s
4Sam LowesEG 0,0 Marc VDS3.817s
5Aron CanetOpenbank Aspar Team Moto29.155s
6Jorge MartinRed Bull KTM Ajo11.988s
7Thomas LuthiLiqui Moly Intact GP13.857s
8Xavi ViergePetronas Sprinta Racing19.590s
9Stefano ManziMV Agusta Forward Racing20.199s
10Marcel SchrotterLiqui Moly Intact GP20.262s
11Tetsuta NagashimaRed Bull KTM Ajo20.447s
12Nicolo BulegaFederal Oil Gresini Moto221.464s
13Augusto FernandezEG 0,0 Marc VDS24.804s
14Remy GardnerONEXOX TKKR SAG Team26.370s
15Marcos RamirezTennor American Racing27.018s
16Edgar PonsFederal Oil Gresini Moto227.126s
17Joe RobertsTennor American Racing30.228s
18Fabio Di GiannantonioBeta Tools – Speed Up Racing30.895s
19Bo BendsneyderNTS RW Racing GP41.678s
20Andi IzdiharIdemitsu Honda Team Asia41.793s
Lorenzo BaldassarriFlexbox HP 40Retirement
Simone CorsiMV Agusta Forward RacingRetirement
Hafizh SyahrinOpenbank Aspar Team Moto2Retirement
Jorge NavarroBeta Tools – Speed Up RacingRetirement
Somkiat ChantraIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaRetirement
Hector GarzoFlexbox HP 40Retirement
Lorenzo Dalla PortaItaltrans Racing TeamRetirement
Kasma KasmayudinONEXOX TKKR SAG TeamRetirement
Jake DixonPetronas Sprinta RacingRetirement
Jesko RaffinNTS RW Racing GPWithdrawn

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