Teruel Moto2: Lowes takes point lead with third straight win

Rachit Thukral
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Lowes had capitalised on crashes for rivals to win the previous two races at Le Mans and Aragon, but the Marc VDS rider didn’t require misfortune on others’ part this time as he led every lap of the race to complete a hat-trick of wins.

Lowes got the holeshot from pole position to lead into Turn 1, with Fabio di Giannantonio passing Remy Gardner at the following corner to move up to second.

Petronas Sprinta rider Jake Dixon also dispatched Gardner on the opening lap to grab third after a rapid start from seventh on the grid, only for the SAG rider to repass him on lap 3.

But Gardner was himself demoted from the final podium spot just two laps later by Italtrans’ Enea Bastianini, who had arrived for the second Aragon race as the championship leader.

While Bastianiani had managed to jump up from sixth to third in the opening five laps of the race, the top two were already well up the road by then, with Lowes leading the race by two seconds and di Giannantonio having a 1.3s buffer over third place.

Lowes continued to stretch his lead from there on, doubling his advantage over the next six laps, before pulling another four seconds clear in the final part of the race.

The British rider eventually took the flag by eight seconds to take his sixth career Moto2 win, and move into the lead of the riders' standings for the first time in 2020.

Di Giannantonio enjoyed a clean run to second, with Bastianini finishing another two seconds down in third to remain within seven points of new championship leader Lowes.

Their title rival Luca Marini ran as high as eighth in the early laps of the race, but fell outside the points at one stage, before recovering enough to salvage an eight-place result.

Marini’s VR46 teammate Marco Bezzecchi’s title hopes all but ended when he crashed at Turn 1 on lap 4, having qualified a disastrous 14th. Bezzecchi now sits 48 points adrift of Lowes with just three rounds to run.

Back at the front, Gardner finished two seconds off the podium in fourth, with front row starter Jorge Navarro (Speed Up) taking fifth after recovering from a terrible launch that left him in the lower reaches of the top 10.

Jorge Martin was sixth on the lead Ajo bike, ahead of Dixon and Augusto Fernandez (Marc VDS), with American Racing Team pair Marco Ramirez and Joe Roberts completing the top 10.

Race results:

1

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sam Lowes

Kalex

39'27.645

2

21

Italy
Italy

Fabio Di Giannantonio

Speed Up

39'36.070

3

33

Italy
Italy

Enea Bastianini

Kalex

39'38.516

4

87

Australia
Australia

Remy Gardner

Kalex

39'40.302

5

9

Spain
Spain

Jorge Navarro

Speed Up

39'40.651

6

88

Spain
Spain

Jorge Martin

Kalex

39'42.411

7

96

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jake Dixon

Kalex

39'44.550

8

37

Spain
Spain

Augusto Fernandez

Kalex

39'44.672

9

42

Spain
Spain

Marcos Ramirez

Kalex

39'49.533

10

16

United States
United States

Joe Roberts

Kalex

39'50.596

11

10

Italy
Italy

Luca Marini

Kalex

39'52.614

12

97

Spain
Spain

Xavi Vierge

Kalex

39'53.851

13

55

Malaysia
Malaysia

Hafizh Syahrin

Speed Up

39'53.962

14

45

Japan
Japan

Tetsuta Nagashima

Kalex

39'54.330

15

24

Italy
Italy

Simone Corsi

MV Agusta

39'54.544

16

64

Netherlands
Netherlands

Bo Bendsneyder

NTS

39'55.049

17

11

Italy
Italy

Nicolo Bulega

Kalex

39'57.964

18

19

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Kalex

39'58.352

19

35

Thailand
Thailand

Somkiat Chantra

Kalex

39'58.625

20

23

Germany
Germany

Marcel Schrotter

Kalex

39'59.146

21

27

Indonesia
Indonesia

Andi Gilang

Kalex

40'15.598

22

18

Andorra
Andorra

Xavi Cardelus

Speed Up

40'16.020

23

74

Piotr Biesiekirski

NTS

40'28.039

62

Italy
Italy

Stefano Manzi

MV Agusta

37'59.983

57

Spain
Spain

Edgar Pons

Kalex

36'06.858

7

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Baldassarri

Kalex

28'24.563

40

Spain
Spain

Hector Garzo

Kalex

18'56.822

72

Italy
Italy

Marco Bezzecchi

Kalex

5'46.183

12

Switzerland
Switzerland

Thomas Luthi

Kalex

99

Malaysia
Malaysia

Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin

Kalex

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