The Championship has returned back to Europe. The first European race of many in the season did take place in Spain, at the Jerez circuit. It was the local boy Alex Márquez who started from pole position. His team mate and Championship leader Franco Morbidelli was next to him and Dominique Aegerter completed the front row.
Miguel Oliveira, Mattia Pasini and Francesco Bagnaia started from the second row while Xavi Vierge, Takaaki Nakagami and Marcel Schrötter were in the third row.
Brad Binder was still unable to start so again it was Ricky Cardus who replaced him. After the injury Iker Lecuona was back there and also Remy Gardner did start to the race (although his leg is still broken). Danny Kent doesn’t continue in the Kiefer Racing anymore, Federico Fuligni replaced him in Jerez.
Márquez kept his position and went to the lead. Morbidelli was second. Behind them there was 3rd Aegerter but Vierge, Oliveira and Bagnaia were very close to him.
The Marc VDS EG 0.0 duo escaped quite quickly from the others and they already built 1 second gap in the first few laps.
There was a collision of Vierge, Corsi and Nakagami. Vierge and Nakagami were able to continue in the race but later during the race Xavi Vierge did go to the pits and retired.
Franco Morbidelli was doing fast laps, he even did new record of 1:42.596 and was catching Márquez who escaped to him a little bit. Meanwhile, Bagnaia made it to the third place.
Later Morbidelli even overtook Márquez and went to the lead. Here I need to say something personal. To me it seemed like some team cooperation because Franco was too far away from Alex and suddenly Alex ran wide and Franco went ahead of him. Maybe it was really just Alex’s fault but to me it didn’t seem like that.
However a moment later Franco Morbidelli lost his front and crashed.
Alex Márquez was suddenly alone in the lead. Francesco Bagnaia moved to second position and Mattia Pasini was 3rd but catching his countryman. Miguel Oliveira was 4th behind then and tried to catch the boys ahead of him.
Meanwhile, Khairul Idham Pawi crashed. He was going on very good 12th place in that time.
Later also Sandro Cortese crashed.
Miguel Oliveira kept catching Pasini and Bagnaia while Bagnaia was able to pull away from Pasini a little bit. And it didn’t took a long time and Oliveira really cought them and he overtook Pasini for P3. Then also Luca Marini was catching Pasini.
Alex Márquez managed it until the end and he took his first career victory. And even at his home track. Francesco Bagnaia took the first podium finish as he was P2. It was still only his 4th race in Moto2! Miguel Oliveira was 3rd.
Mattia Pasini kept the 4th place, Luca Marini finished 5th and this is his best ever result. Marcel Schrötter was 6th, Dominique Aegerter 7th, Thomas Lüthi 8th, Yonny Hernández finally scored some points in his Moto2 return and he was 9th, Axel Pons was on good 10th position.
Lorenzo Baldassarri, Jorge Navarro, Hafizh Syahrin, Ricky Cardus and Tetsuta Nagashima took points too.
Franco Morbidelli leads in the Championship with 75 points, Thomas Lüthi is 2nd with 64 points, Miguel Oliveira is 3rd with 59 points, Alex Márquez is on the 4th place with 49 points.
Next race will be in Le Mans, France it two weeks time.