Bezzecchi dominates; Lowes crash hands Bastianini points lead

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Lowes golden run of three-successive victories put him seven points clear in the standings ahead of Sunday’s Valencia race, but now trails Bastianini by six following a crash while chasing down the lead.

Xavi Vierge converted pole to the holeshot off the line at the start, though he would lose the lead to American Racing’s Joe Roberts at the Nieto left-hander.

Roberts’ bid to become the first American grand prix winner since 2011 came to an at Turn 2 on the second lap when he crashed out, releasing Bezzecchi into the lead with SAG’s Remy Gardner giving chase.

Lowes got stuck behind Vierge in the early stages and had several front-end moments on his Marc VDS Kalex as he attempted to take third away from the Pertonas Sprinta rider.

The Briton finally got the job done at Turn 2 on lap five and immediately closed in on Gardner ahead, as Vierge soon came under threat from the Ajo KTM of Jorge Martin.

Lowes got ahead of Gardner at Turn 11 on the 10th tour and tried to pressure Bezzecchi out front.

But the gap between the pair hovered around the 0.5-0.7-seconds margin until lap 16, when Lowes crashed out at Turn 6.

The proved to be a gift for VR46’s Bezzecchi, who managed his gap at the head of the pack and eased to the chequered flag by 1.9s to claim his second win of the year and bring himself back into championship contention.

Bezzecchi’s race wasn’t completely without incident, as he admitted in parc ferme he was struck by a small technical issue in the closing stages. Fortunately, the problem didn’t worsen.

Martin held onto second for his fifth podium of the season, with Gardner on the 2019-spec Kalex chassis completing the rostrum in third.

Bastianini’s charge from 15th on the grid concluded in fourth, putting him six points clear of Lowes in the championship, while a sixth for an injured Luca Marini – who will step up to MotoGP in 2021 with VR46 and Avintia – means he’s now 19 points behind the new standings leader.

Lorenzo Baldassarri scored his best result since he was second in Qatar back in March with fifth place on his Pons Kalex, with team-mate Hector Garzo seventh after Marini pipped him late on for sixth.

Nicolo Bulega was eighth on the Gresini Kalex, with Vierge fading to ninth at the chequered flag ahead of the Speed Up of Jorge Navarro.

European Moto2 Results – 25 laps

PosRiderTeamGap
1Marco BezzecchiSKY Racing Team VR4640m06.441s
2Jorge MartinRed Bull KTM Ajo1.941s
3Remy GardnerONEXOX TKKR SAG Team3.553s
4Enea BastianiniItaltrans Racing Team4.494s
5Lorenzo BaldassarriFlexbox HP 404.648s
6Luca MariniSKY Racing Team VR465.142s
7Hector GarzoFlexbox HP 405.224s
8Nicolo BulegaFederal Oil Gresini Moto28.104s
9Xavi ViergePetronas Sprinta Racing8.746s
10Jorge NavarroHDR Heidrun Speed Up11.930s
11Aron CanetInde Aspar Team Moto212.451s
12Tetsuta NagashimaRed Bull KTM Ajo13.209s
13Marcel SchrotterLiqui Moly Intact GP13.585s
14Bo BendsneyderNTS RW Racing GP15.528s
15Stefano ManziMV Agusta Forward Racing19.284s
16Marcos RamirezTennor American Racing20.085s
17Edgar PonsFederal Oil Gresini Moto221.512s
18Andi IzdiharIdemitsu Honda Team Asia22.965s
19Thomas LuthiLiqui Moly Intact GP24.769s
20Lorenzo Dalla PortaItaltrans Racing Team34.173s
21Kasma KasmayudinONEXOX TKKR SAG Team44.355s
22Piotr BiesiekirskiNTS RW Racing GP59.450s
Sam LowesEG 0,0 Marc VDSRetirement
Somkiat ChantraIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaRetirement
Simone CorsiMV Agusta Forward RacingRetirement
Fabio Di GiannantonioHDR Heidrun Speed UpRetirement
Joe RobertsTennor American RacingRetirement
Hafizh SyahrinInde Aspar Team Moto2Retirement
Jake DixonPetronas Sprinta RacingWithdrawn
Augusto FernandezEG 0,0 Marc VDSWithdrawn

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