Moto2, Jerez, Race: Clear victory for Baldassarri, 2nd Oliveira ahead of Bagnaia

Baldassarri kicked off from pole position and gained an amazing win in Jerez. Oliveira is on the podium too, together with the World Championship leader Bagnaia, while Marquez crashes.

We just witnessed a great come back by Lorenzo Baldassarri, winner of the Jerez de la Frontera Moto2 race: this has been his first victory after a long-lasting fast that started back in 2016 at Misano’s circuit. Miguel Oliveira gained his fourth podium in five races, while Francesco Bagnaia finished 3rd consolidating his role as a World Championship leader thanks to Alex Marquez’s fall (ahead of him for most of the race).

The front row riders performed a great start, and Marquez managed to take the lead on the first turn, closely followed by Bagania, Baldassarri, and Binder. Right after the beginning, there was an accident at the Dry Sack between Navarro and Marini: both had to leave the race early, but none was injured. On the same turn, Granado’s GP also ended because of the third fall in his difficult weekend.

At the beginning five riders staged a fierce battle for the leading positions but in the end, it was Baldassarri, Oliveira, and Marquez who were fighting for the best step on the podium, with Bagnaia not far behind. This has been a terrible day for the Spanish rider as he had to leave the race before time because of a slip at Michelin Turn: he was trying to win again at the Jerez circuit as he did in 2017. Rookie Fenati’s race finished badly too: he was forced to leave due to Pasini’s wrong maneuver while they were fighting for the top 10.

A clear-cut win for Lorenzo Baldassarri, who crossed the finish line with a large margin from Miguel Oliveira, 2nd, and the World Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia, 3rd. The 4th place went to Xavi Vierge ahead of Mattia Pasini and Brad Binder. Marcel Schrotter closed a stunning race with a 7th position, conquered despite starting 20th on the grid because of a penalty and despite his recent recovery from a shoulder’s injury. Sam Lowes finished 8th ahead of his teammate Iker Lecuona, while Fabio Quartararo filled the last position in the top 10.

Here the other Italian riders’ positions: Simone Corsi closes 12th, Andrea Locatelli 15th, and Federico Fuligni 21st.

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