Brad Binder took the win in the German Moto2 race, his first in the intermediate class.
The race started with the news that everyone would have to use the harder rear tyre compound, as Dunlop had taken away the softer option due to safety concerns with the bikes being on the left side of the tyre for so long.
It started with Luca Marini taking the holeshot from second on the grid, followed by his team mate Pecco Bagnaia, pole man Mattia Pasini would drop to third, just ahead of Alex Marquez and Sam Lowes. Miguel Olivera would try to make up for yet another poor qualifying, going from 15th to 7th and then having a big moment, dropping back and taking the unfortunate Xavi Vierge with him to the back of the group. Then big drama! Pasini would crash on the final corner, dropping the bike and making Bagnaia take evasive action and drop to 17th place. Then almost immediately after Lorenzo Baldassarri would crash at turn 2, the hard tyres were clearly not the option some people wanted.
After all of the opening lap drama, we had Marini leading from the rookie Joan Mir, and the fastest man in warm up, Binder was 3rd. Lowes was 4th and home favourite Marcel Schrotter was 5th and charging. Andrea Locatelli and Tetsuta Nagashima would both crash out in the meantime. Mir would soon assume the lead from Marini, and look to check out, knowing Binder was charging hard, as Stefano Manzi joined the others in parting company from his bike. Danny Kent would be top Speed Up in 8th, a few places ahead of his much touted team mate Fabio Quartararo. Unfortunately Kent would not make it last, as he threw it up the road on the final corner. Romano Fenati seemed to sympathise, and joined him on the floor shortly afterwards.
Bagnaia had dropped to 25th at one point in the meantime, but was slowly working his way up the leaderboard. There were 19 laps to go, so he had time to salvage the race, especially as Olivera was only in 5th place, having just passed Lowes. The race then settled into its customary mid-race lull, everyone was sizing each other up, while of course tyre concerns would be in the back of everyone’s mind too. Marini would blink first of the top three with 13 laps to go, taking Mir at the first corner, knowing Schrotter and Olivera were coming fast. Bagnaia was making some ground, but not fast enough to get any real points as it stood. Marquez was really suffering, being forced down to 9th place, his championship contention disappearing with each passing lap.
With 10 laps to go, Mir was able to repass Marini, as Olivera passed Schrotter to get 4th place. Jorge Navarro would pass the suffering Quartararo for 9th place, as the replacement for the sacked Hector Barbara, Augusto Fernandez would be right on his tail chasing Marquez, they were all in a group which was being followed by Bagnaia, if the Italian could work his way through the crowd he could get 7th place, however they were all doing very similar times so he would really have to work for it.
There were 5 laps remaining when it became clear that Mir was capable of challenging Binder for the lead, but the fly in the ointment would surely be Olivera, as his pace was consistently faster than the top 3. It did however seem like the Portuguese would run out of laps, as it wasn’t quite enough. With 2 laps to go, Marini decided it was time to throw his own spanner in the works, suddenly upping his pace and latching onto the back of Mir, as Binder put in a fantastic lap to break the tow. All eyes were now on who would get 2nd place, would it be the Italian or the Spaniard? Mir would be the happiest of the two, as he just managed to hold on to the middle podium place. Olivera would get 4th, and close in on the lead of the championship from the unlucky Bagnaia, who could only salvage 12th, beating the extremely disappointing Marquez on the strike to the line.
The championship now has a short summer break, moving to Brno in the Czech Republic on August 5th. Will Bagnaia be able to make up the points he lost? Or will Olivera finally be able to qualify well? Find out here on NowMoto!
Full results here.
Championship standings here.
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