Another Moto2 race weekend is behind us. It took place in Germany at the Sachsenring circuit. The weather wasn’t ideal with some rain during the weekend but luckily for the Sunday the clouds went away a little bit and it was dry race. Championship leader Franco Morbidelli started from pole position, his team mate Alex Márquez and local hero Sandro Cortese were in the front row as well.
Mattia Pasini, Héctor Garzó and Miguel Oliveira started from the second row. Thomas Lüthi, Simone Corsi and Fabio Quartararo were in the third row.
There were some changes in the field for the weekend. Xavi Vierge couldn’t start due to his broken thumb so talented Héctor Garzó replaced him. Garzó is the FIM CEV Repsol rider in the Moto2 category. Lorenzo Baldassarri was also unable to take part in the weekend after his terrible last weekend’s crash and Federico Fuligni did replace him.
Baldassarri’s team mate Luca Marini went to the weekend with some injuries from the past too and it got worse during the weekend so on Saturday he together with the team decided to give the weekend up and he didn’t take part in the race on Sunday.
Axel Pons crashed during the warm up on Sunday’s morning and he broke his collarbone so he couldn’t take part in the race.
It was Alex Márquez who went into the lead when the red lights went off. His team mate Franco Morbidelli was 2nd, Thomas Lüthi 3rd. Later Lüthi moved to the lead ahead of Morbidelli and Márquez was down to P3.
In the 4th lap Alex Márquez crashed from the 3rd position. He should be fine but he went to the hospital for some precautionary check-ups.
So it was Sandro Cortese who moved to P3 but not for a long time as Miguel Oliveira, who was going fast laps, overtook him.
In lap number 7 Franco Morbidelli overtook Lüthi for the lead. These two started to escape from the rest of the field and it looked like the race battle was also the Championship battle.
But in 12th lap Thomas Lüthi crashed from the 2nd place!
Franco Morbidelli was alone in the lead but Miguel Oliveira was coming very quickly and it took him just a few laps to be there straight behind the Italian. They had some good battle in the front.
Behind them there was a group of some riders fighting for P3. In the group there were Simone Corsi, Francesco Bagnaia, Mattia Pasini and Sandro Cortese. Time to time it was so close among them!
Miguel Oliveira tried to overtake Morbidelli but the Marc VDS rider defended his position very well. Two laps to go Oliveira went into the lead but only for a while as Morbidelli overtook him back in the last lap.
Franco Morbidelli took his 6th victory of the season and extended the Championship lead. Miguel Oliveira finished 2nd and Francesco Bagnaia won the battle for 3rd place.
Simone Corsi was 4th, Mattia Pasini 5th, Jorge Navarro 6th, Brad Binder 7th, Sandro Cortese 8th, Marcel Schrötter 9th and Takaaki Nakagami completed top 10.
Hafizh Syahrin was 11th, Remy Gardner 12th, Fabio Quartararo 13th, Xavier Simeon 14th and Stefano Manzi 15th and it was first ever point for Manzi.
Jesko Raffin was 16th, Yonny Hernández 17th, Tetsuta Nagashima 18th, Edgar Pons 19th, Khairul Idham Pawi 20th, Iker Lecuona 21st, Isaac Viñales 22nd, Tarran Mackenzie 23rd and Federico Fuligni 24th.
As I mentioned, Lüthi and Márquez crashed, also Héctor Garzó, Andrea Locatelli and Dominique Aegerter crashed. Aegerter then re-joined, then he went back to the pits, then re-joined but again went to the pits.
Augusto Fernández and his Speed Up team did an unusual mistake. Fernández went to the pits, then re-joined the race but later he was disqualified from the race. The reason? He didn’t stay in the pit lane but he went to the garage. You can’t go to the garage and then back to the race.
Franco Morbidelli keeps the Championship lead and he has now quite a comfortable lead. He has 174 points while 2nd Thomas Lüthi has 140 points. Miguel Oliveira is now on the 3rd place with 117 points, 4 points ahead of Alex Márquez.
There were some rumours that Mattia Pasini was DSQ from the Barcelona race for some technical issue with the bike. If that’s true it would mean that the points in the Championship standing would look a little bit different. But I want to wait for the official confirmation of that.
Time really flies as the Championship is already in its half. The summer break is ahead of us. The next round of the World Championship will take place in Brno, Czech republic from 4th to 6th August.