Bastianini takes championship lead with Brno victory

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The Italtrans rider nailed his launch from third on the grid to grab the holeshot on the run into Turn 1 at the start of the fourth round of the 2020 Moto2 campaign.

Poleman Joe Roberts slotted into second ahead of the Marc VDS bike of Sam Lowes, though both would briefly fall behind the Ajo Kalex of Jorge Martin.

This allowed Bastianini to open up a lead of close to eight tenths of a second, with Roberts regaining second from Martin at the Schwantz corner of Turn 10.

But the American Racing rider soon came under attack from Lowes at the start of the second lap, with the latter moving into second at Turn 3.

Lowes began the hunt on Bastianini, who now held a gap of a second over the chasing pack.

The Marc VDS rider got the gap down to eight tenths by the third lap, with the Briton closing to within half a second by lap seven.

Bastianini, however, began to wind up his pace again and get the gap back out to a second by the closing stages.

Though Lowes put on a bit of a charge on the last lap and cut Bastianini’s lead down to half a second, the Italian came under no threat on the run to the line to move 18 points clear in the standings.

Lowes’ second marks his first podium since he won the 2016 Moto2 Aragon GP.

Roberts was cut adrift of the leading duo early on in the 19-lap race, but kept his pace strong enough as the only one of the leading group on the softer front tyre to avoid coming under threat from the chasing Luca Marini in fourth.

Taking the chequered flag in third for his maiden podium, Roberts becomes the first American in any grand prix class to stand on the rostrum since Ben Spies was second in the MotoGP Valencia GP in 2011. Roberts’ podium is also first for an American in the intermediate class since John Kocinski at Assen in 1993.

Marini was a damage-limiting fourth on the Sky VR46 Kalex, with Augusto Fernandez completing the top five for Marc VDS ahead of the sister VR46 bike of Marco Bezzecchi.

Jorge Navarro was a distant seventh on the Speed Up, beating Martin – who tumbled down the order after his early podium run – Aspar’s Hafizh Syahrin and his team-mate Aron Canet.

Former championship leader Tetsuta Nagashima’s tough run of form continued at Brno, with the Ajo rider slipping to third in the standings after taking the chequered flag at Brno in 11th.

Moto2 Czech Republic Results – 19 laps

PosRiderTeamGap
1Enea BastianiniItaltrans Racing Team39m13.926s
2Sam LowesEG 0,0 Marc VDS0.423s
3Joe RobertsTennor American Racing5.948s
4Luca MariniSKY Racing Team VR468.797s
5Augusto FernandezEG 0,0 Marc VDS9.392s
6Marco BezzecchiSKY Racing Team VR4610.306s
7Jorge NavarroMB Conveyors – Speed Up Racing10.575s
8Jorge MartinRed Bull KTM Ajo11.366s
9Hafizh SyahrinOpenbank Aspar Team12.875s
10Aron CanetOpenbank Aspar Team14.266s
11Tetsuta NagashimaRed Bull KTM Ajo15.378s
12Xavi ViergePetronas Sprinta Racing19.031s
13Remy GardnerONEXOX TKKR SAG Team19.282s
14Nicolo BulegaFederal Oil Gresini Moto219.598s
15Marcel SchrotterLiqui Moly Intact GP19.638s
16Fabio Di GiannantonioMB Conveyors – Speed Up Racing22.245s
17Thomas LuthiLiqui Moly Intact GP24.406s
18Bo BendsneyderNTS RW Racing GP25.065s
19Marcos RamirezTennor American Racing25.170s
20Edgar PonsFederal Oil Gresini Moto226.727s
21Dominique AegerterNTS RW Racing GP27.004s
22Lorenzo BaldassarriFlexbox HP 4029.986s
23Somkiat ChantraIdemitsu Honda Team Asia36.034s
24Lorenzo Dalla PortaItaltrans Racing Team36.411s
25Andi IzdiharIdemitsu Honda Team Asia45.780s
Stefano ManziMV Agusta Forward RacingRetirement
Jake DixonPetronas Sprinta RacingRetirement
Hector GarzoFlexbox HP 40Retirement
Kasma KasmayudinONEXOX TKKR SAG TeamRetirement
Simone CorsiMV Agusta Forward RacingWithdrawn

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