European Moto2: Bezzecchi dominates, Lowes crashes out

Lewis Duncan
·3-min read

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

Xavi Vierge converted pole to the holeshot off the line at the start, though 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 in fifth on his Pons Kalex, with teammate 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.

Results:

1

72

Italy
Italy

Marco Bezzecchi

Kalex

2

88

Spain
Spain

Jorge Martin

Kalex

1.941

3

87

Australia
Australia

Remy Gardner

Kalex

3.553

4

33

Italy
Italy

Enea Bastianini

Kalex

4.494

5

7

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Baldassarri

Kalex

4.648

6

10

Italy
Italy

Luca Marini

Kalex

5.142

7

40

Spain
Spain

Hector Garzo

Kalex

5.224

8

11

Italy
Italy

Nicolo Bulega

Kalex

8.104

9

97

Spain
Spain

Xavi Vierge

Kalex

8.746

10

9

Spain
Spain

Jorge Navarro

Speed Up

11.930

11

44

Spain
Spain

Arón Canet

Speed Up

12.451

12

45

Japan
Japan

Tetsuta Nagashima

Kalex

13.209

13

23

Germany
Germany

Marcel Schrotter

Kalex

13.585

14

64

Netherlands
Netherlands

Bo Bendsneyder

NTS

15.528

15

62

Italy
Italy

Stefano Manzi

MV Agusta

19.284

16

42

Spain
Spain

Marcos Ramirez

Kalex

20.085

17

57

Spain
Spain

Edgar Pons

Kalex

21.512

18

27

Indonesia
Indonesia

Andi Gilang

Kalex

22.965

19

12

Switzerland
Switzerland

Thomas Luthi

Kalex

24.769

20

19

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Kalex

34.173

21

99

Malaysia
Malaysia

Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin

Kalex

44.355

22

74

Piotr Biesiekirski

NTS

59.450

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sam Lowes

Kalex

7 Laps

35

Thailand
Thailand

Somkiat Chantra

Kalex

16 Laps

24

Italy
Italy

Simone Corsi

MV Agusta

20 Laps

21

Italy
Italy

Fabio Di Giannantonio

Speed Up

23 Laps

16

United States
United States

Joe Roberts

Kalex

24 Laps

55

Malaysia
Malaysia

Hafizh Syahrin

Speed Up

24 Laps

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