Pecco Bagnaia took the win at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli ahead of Miguel Oliviera and Marcel Schrotter.
The race started with Jesko Raffin having to start from pit lane as he stalled on the grid, and championship leader Bagnaia starting from pole. Championship rival Oliviera would start 8th.
Bagnaia would get the ideal start, taking the holeshot from Schrotter and Brad Binder would be 3rd, taking the position from Mattia Pasini. Oliviera would be 5th, as Alex Marquez would carry on his poor luck and crash due to Augusto Fernandez. Pasini would take 3rd back from Binder and Oliviera would follow him through as Danny Kent crashed out on lap 2. Then Oliviera would be able to follow Pasini through past Schrotter, the German dropping to 4th in two corners, with Joan Mir next up to attempt a pass.
With 17 laps to go the man on the move was Jorge Navarro, he had passed Mir and took off after the Schrotter-Oliviera dice, as Luca Marini’s home race was ruined when his rear mudguard broke, and started rubbing against the rear tyre causing him to have to retire. Mir would retake 5th from Navarro, as Sam Lowes decked it at the final corner from 15th place to compound another poor weekend.
With 12 laps to go, the 3rd and 4th place dice would start to catch Pasini, it wouldn’t be long before they made it a 3 way fight for 2nd place, with Bagnaia completely checked out at the front, over 2 seconds ahead. With 9 laps to go Oliviera made his intentions known, passing him at turn 11 but running wide, Pasini instantly re-took the position back. But Oliviera made it stick at turn 1 to take 2nd, with Schrotter lurking with intent. Lorenzo Baldassarri would gain to 6th place as Navarro exceeded track limits one time too many and be forced to drop behind the Pons bike, and would lose a few more places to finish 9th.
Stefano Manzi would ruin his race at turn 10, getting himself tangled up with Romano Fenati and dropping them from 11th and 12th to outside the points, then they both seemed to lose their heads, with Manzi going down and Fenati gesturing furiously at his fellow Italian, having ruined both their races. Fenati would then go the next step in the idiot stakes however, getting himself black flagged by grabbing Manzi’s brake on the straight in frustration, almost causing the Suter rider to crash. Up the track in front of all this, Schrotter would take 3rd from Pasini, and Mir would follow suit, demoting the Italian to 5th, but then getting a position demotion and having to do it all again, letting Pasini back through.
On the final lap, Schrotter would finally show his hand, attempting a pass on the KTM at the hairpin but running wide and having to settle for 3rd place. But Bagnaia was long gone, taking the win to extend his championship lead. Oliviera would be 2nd, and Scchrotter would get his first ever Moto2 podium in 3rd.
We now move on to Aragon, will Bagnaia continue to extend his championship lead or will Oliviera claw some points back? Find out here on NowMoto!
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