Portimao Moto2: Bastianini champion, Gardner gets first win

Lewis Duncan
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Italtrans rider Bastianini, Marc VDS man Sam Lowes and VR46 pair Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi came into the final round covered by 23 points, and fifth was enough to give MotoGP-bound Bastianini the crown by nine points over second-place finisher Marini.

It was Marini who got the holeshot from second on the grid, but he lost the lead when he selected neutral at Turn 3, allowing Gardner and Bastianini to move through.

Gardner’s early charge led to him opening up his gap to over a second after a handful of laps, while the injured Lowes worked his way past Marini on lap four to move into second.

Meanwhile, Bastianini was slipping down the order behind the likes of Bezzecchi, Lowes’ Marc VDS teammate Augusto Fernandez and Ajo KTM’s Jorge Martin.

Gardner’s lead would be wiped out by lap eight, with Marini and Lowes moving ahead into Turn 1, and the VR46 rider went on to open up a lead of 1.2s out front.

Gardner overhauled Lowes on lap 13 into the first corner after the Briton made a mistake a few corners earlier as he seemingly began to struggle with his injured wrist.

Marini would start to come under pressure from Gardner in the latter stages, while Lowes somehow rallied to keep the pair ahead in sight.

Bastianini continued to fight Fernandez over fifth spot and came under immense pressure in the latter stages as Martin, Fernandez and American Racing’s Joe Roberts closed up to him.

Gardner got on terms with Marini by lap 16 and pulled off his decisive overtake on the inside of Turn 3, with the SAG rider pulling clear by a second to claim the first grand prix win for his family since his father Wayne's win at the 500cc British GP in 1992.

Marini did all he could to keep his title hopes alive, but the Valentino Rossi protégé – who will partner Bastianini at the Avintia Ducati squad in MotoGP next year – would have still fallen short of the title even if he had beaten Gardner to the win.

Lowes’ heroic effort concluded with him securing the final step of the podium and third in the standings equal on points with Marini, with Bezzecchi ultimately ending up 21 points adrift of Bastianini after finishing the race fourth.

Bastianini held off Martin in fifth, with Roberts, Fernandez, Pons rider Lorenzo Baldassarri and Petronas Sprinta’s Xavi Vierge rounding out the top 10. 

Race results:

1

87

Australia
Australia

Remy Gardner

Kalex

23

2

10

Italy
Italy

Luca Marini

Kalex

23

1.609

3

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sam Lowes

Kalex

23

3.813

4

72

Italy
Italy

Marco Bezzecchi

Kalex

23

8.437

5

33

Italy
Italy

Enea Bastianini

Kalex

23

8.646

6

88

Spain
Spain

Jorge Martin

Kalex

23

8.899

7

16

United States
United States

Joe Roberts

Kalex

23

8.956

8

37

Spain
Spain

Augusto Fernandez

Kalex

23

9.568

9

7

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Baldassarri

Kalex

23

10.367

10

97

Spain
Spain

Xavi Vierge

Kalex

23

11.084

11

42

Spain
Spain

Marcos Ramirez

Kalex

23

11.199

12

23

Germany
Germany

Marcel Schrotter

Kalex

23

16.864

13

64

Netherlands
Netherlands

Bo Bendsneyder

NTS

23

16.998

14

45

Japan
Japan

Tetsuta Nagashima

Kalex

23

18.550

15

44

Spain
Spain

Arón Canet

Speed Up

23

20.169

16

12

Switzerland
Switzerland

Thomas Luthi

Kalex

23

22.918

17

19

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Kalex

23

27.141

18

35

Thailand
Thailand

Somkiat Chantra

Kalex

23

27.303

19

62

Italy
Italy

Stefano Manzi

MV Agusta

23

27.340

20

77

Switzerland
Switzerland

Dominique Aegerter

NTS

23

44.924

21

55

Malaysia
Malaysia

Hafizh Syahrin

Speed Up

23

51.163

24

Italy
Italy

Simone Corsi

MV Agusta

20

3 Laps

27

Indonesia
Indonesia

Andi Gilang

Kalex

17

6 Laps

57

Spain
Spain

Edgar Pons

Kalex

12

11 Laps

99

Malaysia
Malaysia

Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin

Kalex

10

13 Laps

9

Spain
Spain

Jorge Navarro

Speed Up

5

18 Laps

40

Spain
Spain

Hector Garzo

Kalex

5

18 Laps

21

Italy
Italy

Fabio Di Giannantonio

Speed Up

0

11

Italy
Italy

Nicolo Bulega

Kalex

0

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