Marini beats Bezzecchi at Misano to extend points lead


Remy Gardner was due to start on pole after Sam Lowes was forced to start from pitlane as punishment for his Styrian GP collision with Jorge Navarro and Somkiat Chantra.

However, Gardner fractured his hand and foot in a heavy crash in warm-up, ruling him out of the race and promoting championship leader Marini to pole.

The VR46 rider grabbed the holeshot ahead of Enea Bastianini, though the Italtrans man was quickly demoted by the sister VR46 bike of Bezzecchi at the Quercia corner at Turn 8.

The VR46 pair immediately opened up a gap to the chasing Bastianini, with the gap up to a second by lap four.

Marini was also putting daylight between himself and Bezzecchi, with a six-tenth gap extending to over a second by lap nine.

Bastianini’s gap continued to open to 1.7s to Bezzecchi ahead, though the gap between the three did start to steadily reduce come lap 16.

Marini was now just seven tenths clear, with Bezzecchi holding eight tenths over Bastianini – though the latter’s charge looked to have come to an end when he had a big front end moment at Quercia on lap 16, which dropped him 2.5s adrift of second.

Bezzecchi continued to put pressure on his team-mate, and found himself in the lead at the end of lap 18 when Marini ran wide at the Carro hairpin of Turn 14 due to hitting a false neutral.

The two VR46 riders engaged in a fierce tussle for the lead, with Marini launching a move at Quercia on lap 21.

Bezzecchi drew alongside on the exit and regained the position at the Tramonto right-hander – all of this allowing Bastianini to start closing in again.

Marini made a failed attempt at regaining the lead at Turn 2 on the following lap, but made a move stick at Quercia.

A mistake for Bezzecchi at Carro on the penultimate tour gave Marini 1.1s of breathing space to secure his second win of the season.

Bezzecchi fended off MotoGP-bound Bastianini by 0.098s to secure a VR46 1-2, while Petronas Sprinta’s Xavi Vierge and the Marc VDS bike of Augusto Fernandez completed the top five.

Tom Luthi was sixth and the sole Intact GP bike at the finish in sixth after team-mate Marcel Schrotter – who ran third early on – crashed late on.

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Speed Up’s Fabio Di Giannantonio was seventh at the chequered flag, with Lowes recovering to eighth on his Marc VDS bike from pitlane ahead of Aspar’s Aron Canet and American Racing’s Joe Roberts.

Marini’s championship lead has extended to 17 points over Bastianini, with Bezzecchi a further 27 points adrift in third.

Absent due to testing positive for COVID-19, Ajo KTM’s Jorge Martin has slipped to fourth in the standings and 33 points down on Marini.

Moto2 San Marino results – 25 laps

1Luca MariniSKY Racing Team VR4640m41.774s
2Marco BezzecchiSKY Racing Team VR460.799s
3Enea BastianiniItaltrans Racing Team0.897s
4Xavi ViergePetronas Sprinta Racing2.177s
5Augusto FernandezEG 0,0 Marc VDS8.307s
6Thomas LuthiLiqui Moly Intact GP9.046s
7Fabio Di Giannantonio+Ego Speed Up9.971s
8Sam LowesEG 0,0 Marc VDS16.485s
9Aron CanetOceanica Aspar Team Moto217.036s
10Joe RobertsTennor American Racing17.209s
11Lorenzo BaldassarriFlexbox HP 4017.741s
12Marcos RamirezTennor American Racing19.152s
13Lorenzo Dalla PortaItaltrans Racing Team21.946s
14Simone CorsiMV Agusta Forward Racing22.005s
15Nicolo BulegaFederal Oil Gresini Moto224.404s
16Jake DixonPetronas Sprinta Racing24.663s
17Stefano ManziMV Agusta Forward Racing27.442s
18Somkiat ChantraIdemitsu Honda Team Asia32.671s
19Bo BendsneyderNTS RW Racing GP35.844s
20Kasma KasmayudinONEXOX TKKR SAG Team46.463s
Tetsuta NagashimaRed Bull KTM AjoRetirement
Hafizh SyahrinOceanica Aspar Team Moto2Retirement
Marcel SchrotterLiqui Moly Intact GPRetirement
Andi IzdiharIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaRetirement
Jesko RaffinNTS RW Racing GPRetirement
Edgar PonsFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Retirement
Jorge Navarro+Ego Speed UpRetirement
Hector GarzoFlexbox HP 40Retirement
Remy GardnerONEXOX TKKR SAG TeamWithdrawn

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