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MotoGP Aragon #2: Win and Moto2 championship lead for Lowes

Britain’s Sam Lowes put on a masterful display at Motorland Aragon this afternoon to bring home his third consecutive Moto2 win, taking command of the championship with a breathtaking eighth second lead in the final race of the day over Fabio Di Giannantonio and Enea Bastianini. A strong ride from Jake Dixon saw the Petronas man finish seventh.

Launching from pole for the second weekend in a row, Lowes stormed for the hole-shot as the Teruel GP finale got underway amid cooler-than-expected conditions. Thomas Luthi and Kasma Daniel had a disastrous start as the pair crashed out at the first corner after a tangle with Tetsuta Nagashima.

Dominating from the off, Lowes circulated over half a second clear of Di Giannantonio and Dixon, as the pair relegated Remy Gardner after his impressive start and brief spell in second. Further behind, Bastianini held fifth from Marcos Ramirez and Jorge Martin as Luca Marini stared to make advances on the top-10, battling Hector Garzo for ninth on lap three.


As the fifth lap began, Lowes had already pulled out a 1.6 second lead over his Speed Up rival when disaster struck for last-weekend’s challenger Marco Bezzecchi, the Sky rider sliding out for contention at turn 1 and lucky not to collect the surrounding pack of riders. Bastianini claimed third from Gardner as the lap wound to its conclusion with Dixon holding fast for fifth from a rapidly chasing Ramirez.

15 laps to go and Marini was struggling to maintain his grip on the race ahead, Joe Roberts claiming 12th from the fading Italian, with Lorenzo Baldassari and Jorge Navarro now in the advancing American’s sights.

Back at the front and Lowes was riding with an authoritative pace and an equally impressive lead, holding 3.5 seconds over Di Giannantonio as Martin made a move on Dixon for fifth. The unfortunate Brit lost another two positions to Augusto Fernandez and Garzo as the race unfolded before the latter fell at turn 6 with 11 laps to go, Bastianini and Gardner oblivious as they continued their two-way battle for the final podium position.

Eight laps to go and the gap extended to over four seconds as Lowes mastered his way around the Motorland circuit. Dixon now fighting Martin for seventh as Navarro leapfrogged the pair on his way to sixth, the second Marc VDS machine in his sights and promptly dispatched at the start of the following revolution.

The mid-pack saw a rapidly advancing Roberts as the American picked up the pace from the fringes of the top-10, Baldassari’s fall at turn five with six to go promoting Marini to 12th behind the injured Xavi Vierge.

The final four laps saw the Brit’s domination continue, a massive six seconds now separating him from the pursuing pack with no signs of slowing as Di Giannantonio rode a similarly solo race in second place. As the race counted down the only battle came from Dixon on Fernandez for seventh, Martin initially looking to threaten Navarro but the Speed Up answering to extend his hold on fifth.

As the chequered flag dropped Lowes crossed the line with an incredible 8.4 second lead to take his third victory in as many races. Di Giannantonio and Bastianini joined the Marc VDS man for podium celebrations with Gardner and Navarro holding on to the top-five. Martin claimed sixth ahead of Dixon and Fernandez with Ramirez and Roberts concluding the top-10. Marini finished the final Aragon race in 11th as Vierge, Hafizh Syahrin, Nagashima and Simone Corsi took the last points-scoring positions.

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