Title leader Baldassarri storms the pack to take back-to-back victory ahead of Gardner and Marquez.
The Argentina GP witnessed drama from the get-go in Moto2, as pole-setter Xavi Vierge suffered a mechanical failure in the warm-up lap, forcing the Marc VDS rider to retire; leaving the top spot of the grid empty, and one less rival to worry about for the class’ top contenders.
Lorenzo Baldassarri bounced back from a lackluster weekend to storm through and take his second win this year. Balda demonstrated his Sunday strength and won with a 1.244 second lead ahead of Gardner.
Title rival Marcel Schrotter came home with a disappointing result after battling all race for the win. With the lead group constantly jostling around, an opportunity arose for KTM’s Brad Binder to make a charge. However, a podium result came for neither rider as Binder’s aggression lead to contact between the two, causing the German to be sent wide and was then unable to recover quick enough to regain his steps, resulting in Schrotter to finish in 5th position – ahead of Binder as the KTM rider received a one-place demotion for irresponsible riding.
Alex Marquez returned to his competitive self this weekend with strong results in sessions such as FP2 and FP3; despite his qualifying session resulting in a third-row start, the Spaniard surged forward from the first turn and remained earnest throughout, ending with a much deserved podium result. Hopefully the VDS front-man can stay with the lead groups in future races.
Remy Gardner continued to show his strengths in Argentina and bested his Qatar result by achieving his best Moto2 result with his first podium, bang in the middle of Baldassarri and Marquez. Maybe the first podium of many?
Race hopefuls Thomas Luthi and Sam Lowes faced DNF results as both crashed out at Turn 7 with 18 laps to go, although both crashes were unrelated. Luthi’s contact with Brad Binder’s rear tyre caused the Swiss rider to crash, whereas Lowes suffered a low-side shortly after to end his race.
Top 10 surprises include the likes of Iker Lecuona and Somkiat Chantra; both made admiral efforts in the race from their P15 and P19 grid positions and received the much deserved results of P4 and P10 respectively.
The Moto2 boys head to Circuit of the Americas next, can Balda make it a hat-trick?
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