Pecco Bagnaia extends his Moto2 World Championship lead in a dominating race at the first ever Thai Grand Prix.
From Pole Position, Lorenzo Baldassarri grabbed the early advantage but was soon dispatched by the 2 KTM’s and Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia.
As riders fought for position Joan Mir, Fernandez and Schrotter all came together at the hairpin as they started the 2nd lap, ending all 3 of their races early.
Stefano Manzi and Jorge Navarro joined them in the gravel on lap 2 just as Quartararo made the move on Marino for 5th.
After taking pole position Lorenzo Baldassarri’s race ended early after tipping off his Pons Kalex at turn 1.
Back at the front Bagnaia, Binder and Oliveira were swapping paint after a few big moves into the hard braking points saw riders switch positions over the cause of the race, but eventually, Bagnaia managed to snatch the lead and started the breakaway pulling out a 1.5s lead over Oliveira.
As Bagnaia escaped all eyes were on Binder to see if the South African could assist his championship challenger teammate in catching the Italian.
Luca Marini returned to form after a tough Aragon weekend and started his final couple of laps push, eventually closing down the KTM duo, launching an attack on Binder for third.
With Oliveira sandwiched between two Sky VR46 Kalex’s, the Portuguese rider cracked under the pressure gifting Marini 2nd and Bagnaia a few extra crucial points.
Bagnaia came home to take the 800th Italian win in Grand Prix racing with Marini making it a Sky 1-2 whilst Oliveira held of Brad Binder for 3rd.
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