Mugello Moto2: Marquez scores dominant win

Marc VDS rider Alex Marquez took a second consecutive Moto2 victory at Mugello in dominant fashion, cutting Lorenzo Baldassarri's championship lead to two points.

Mugello Moto2: Marquez scores dominant win

Intact GP duo Tom Luthi and Marcel Schrotter led in the early stages as Marquez was running third from his front row grid position.

He passed Schrotter on lap 6 and then Luthi on lap 9, both at Turn 1, and then quickly pulled away.

As Luthi couldn't keep up with Marquez, he came under pressure from Sky VR46's Luca Marini.

He could only keep Marini at bay for four laps but by the time the local rider had assumed second place, Marquez had established a two-second lead and Valentino Rossi's half-brother was also unable to close the gap.

Marquez cruised to the finish to win by 1.9s with Marini, closely followed by Luthi and Baldassarri until the end, scoring his best result of the season in second.

Luthi held on to third, with Baldassarri salvaging fourth from 15th on the grid, the Pons rider keeping the championship lead but only by two and four points from Marquez and Luthi respecitvely.

Speed Up's Jorge Navarro lost his place to Baldassarri after a mistake and then was under attack by Augusto Fernandez (Pons) and Enea Bastianini (Italtrans) on the last lap.

Fernandez in the end secured fifth followed by rookie Bastianini and Navarro, with Schrotter dropping to as low as eighth place.

Gresini rider Sam Lowes was a distant ninth, with Navarro's rookie teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio taking an impressive 10th after dropping to the back of the field on the opening lap.

Tetsuta Nagashima and Xavi Vierge tangled at Turn 4 and the Japanese rider ran wide, catching Di Giannantonio off guard and causing Iker Lecuona to crash.

KTM's disastrous run continued with Brad Binder its lead rider in 15th.

Local riders Simone Corsi, Nicolo Bulega and Stefano Manzi all crashed at various points in the race, with wildcard Teppei Nagoe, Joe Roberts and Jake Dixon also retiring.

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 73 Spain Alex Marquez
Kalex 21
2 10 Italy Luca Marini
Kalex 21 1.928
3 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi
Kalex 21 2.242
4 7 Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri
Kalex 21 3.653
5 40 Spain Augusto Fernandez
Kalex 21 3.973
6 33 Italy Enea Bastianini
Kalex 21 3.985
7 9 Spain Jorge Navarro
Speed Up 21 4.986
8 23 Germany Marcel Schrotter
Kalex 21 6.215
9 22 United Kingdom Sam Lowes
Kalex 21 11.466
10 21 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio
Speed Up 21 13.050
11 54 Italy Mattia Pasini
Kalex 21 13.934
12 97 Spain Xavi Vierge
Kalex 21 17.176
13 87 Australia Remy Gardner
Kalex 21 19.894
14 45 Japan Tetsuta Nagashima
Kalex 21 20.055
15 41 South Africa Brad Binder
KTM 21 20.591
16 88 Spain Jorge Martin
KTM 21 20.672
17 77 Switzerland Dominique Aegerter
MV 21 24.081
18 5 Italy Andrea Locatelli
Kalex 21 26.677
19 64 Netherlands Bo Bendsneyder
NTS 21 36.831
20 3 Germany Lukas Tulovic
KTM 21 41.874
21 65 Germany Philipp Ottl
KTM 21 44.611
22 4 South Africa Steven Odendaal
NTS 21 45.131
23 72 Italy Marco Bezzecchi
KTM 21 45.136
24 20 Indonesia Dimas Ekky Pratama
Kalex 21 1'01.819
25 18 Andorra Xavi Cardelus
KTM 21 1'40.942
16 United States Joe Roberts
KTM 15 6 Laps
96 United Kingdom Jake Dixon
KTM 10 11 Laps
24 Italy Simone Corsi
Kalex 8 13 Laps
11 Italy Nicolo Bulega
Kalex 7 14 Laps
62 Italy Stefano Manzi
MV 7 14 Laps
19 Teppei Nagoe
Kalex 4 17 Laps
27 Spain Iker Lecuona
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