13 September 2020 14:44

Moto2 Grand Prix motorcycle racing Tetsuta Nagashima

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Moto2 Misano: Home win for Marini

However, Gardner fractured his hand and foot in a heavy crash in warm-up, ruling him out of the race and promoting championship leader Marini to pole. The VR46 rider grabbed the holeshot ahead of Enea Bastianini, though the Italtrans man was quickly demoted by the sister VR46 bike of Bezzecchi at the Quercia corner at Turn 8. The VR46 pair immediately opened up a gap to the chasing Bastianini, with the gap up to a second by lap four. Marini was also putting daylight between himself and Bezzecchi, with a six-tenth gap extending to over a second by lap nine. Bastianini's gap continued to open to 1.7s to Bezzecchi ahead, though the gap between the three did start to steadily reduce come lap 16.

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Marini was now just seven tenths clear, with Bezzecchi holding eight tenths over Bastianini – though the latter's charge looked to have come to an end when he had a big front end moment at Quercia on lap 16, which dropped him 2.5s adrift of second. Bezzecchi continued to put pressure on his teammate, and found himself in the lead at the end of lap 18 when Marini ran wide at the Carro hairpin of Turn 14 due to hitting a false… Luca Marini survived the late challenge from his teammate Marco Bezzecchi to claim victory in the Moto2 San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. The Sky Racing Team VR46 rider found himself on pole position after Sam Lowes was moved to his pit lane penalty start and Remy Gardner was declared unfit following his warm-up highside which left him with fractures to his left foot and right hand. The pair then swapped the lead over an exciting final few laps, with each piling on the pressure and causing each other to trip up and make mistakes, bringing fellow Italian Enea Bastianini back into contention. Bezzecchi had to hold off a rapidly catching Bastianini to keep second.

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The Italtrans rider had to settle for third but was happy to finish the race - he ran wide and completed a Marc Marquez style save as he used his elbow and knee sliders to push himself back upright. Marini's championship tally is now 112 points with Bastianini still second to him now by 17. Jorge Martin drops to fourth as he missed the race weekend after testing positive for Covid-19. Sam Lowes put in an amazing performance after serving his pit lane penalty for the crash he caused in Styria. The British rider was incident-free as he cleanly completed pass after pass on the second Marc VDS entry after not even being in sight of the back of the pack on the first lap to climb to an impressive eighth.

The Aspar rider was on pole last time out in Styria but crashed out in the race. The Italtrans rider recorded his first points finish of the season in 13th. Hector Garzo suffered an early exit from the points places, with Jorge Navarro the next to fall with ten laps completed.