Aragon Moto2: Lowes wins as Bastianini takes points lead after VR46 duo crash

Sam Lowes won his second successive Moto2 race in a dramatic Aragon Grand Prix as crashes for Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi blew the title fight wide open

Aragon Moto2: Lowes wins as Bastianini takes points lead after VR46 duo crash

Marc VDS' Lowes took his first win in four years last week at Le Mans following a late crash for long-time leader Jake Dixon, and once again benefited when Bezzecchi fell from the lead on the penultimate lap.

Bezzecchi jumped poleman Lowes off the line at the start to take the lead, while Petronas Sprinta's Dixon briefly moved ahead of his fellow Brit on the run to Turn 1.

But Dixon ran wide and allowed Lowes back into second, with Fabio Di Giannantonio moving into third on the Speed Up while his team-mate Jorge Navarro crashed after contact with Marcos Ramirez exiting Turn 1.

Di Giannantonio would capitalise on a slightly wide Lowes on the run into Turn 12 on the opening lap to take second, though the Marc VDS rider carved back through again at Turn 2 at the start of the second tour.

Bezzecchi's lead stood at half a second over Lowes and he maintained an advantage of around four to six tenths as he resisted the pressure exerted on him throughout much of the 21-lap contest.

His VR46 team-mate Marini crashed out on lap three at Turn 14, blowing the doors off this 2020 Moto2 title fight.

Di Giannantonio charged into second again on lap eight ahead of Lowes before taking the lead from Bezzecchi two tours later.

But the Speed Up rider's race lasted until lap 11, when he crashed at Turn 2, releasing Bezzecchi back into the lead.

Enea Bastianini came through from 12th on the grid to start hounding Ajo KTM's Jorge Martin for third in the latter stages, making his first move on lap 15 with a neat scythe up the inside of Turn 13.

Martin retaliated at Turn 1, with Bastianini coming through again at Turn 8 and the pair continued to debate the spot, which allowed a gap of over three seconds to open up to the leading duo.

As the race entered its penultimate lap, Bezzecchi's lead over Lowes had extended to eight tenths and victory looked assured.

But the VR46 rider crashed at Turn 2 to compound his team's miserable Aragon GP.

Lowes kept it tidy to the chequered flag for his second win of 2020, while Bastianini got the better of Martin on the last lap for second to take the lead in the championship.

The MotoGP-bound Italtrans rider leads Lowes by two points in the standings, with Marini five adrift and Bezzecchi 25 down.

Dixon put the crushing disappointment of Le Mans behind him to claim a career-best fourth ahead of SAG's Remy Gardner, who prevailed in a tussle with American Racing's Ramirez.

Pons' Hector Garzo, the sister American Racing bike of Joe Roberts, Tetsuta Nagashima (Ajo KTM) and Simone Corsi on the MV Agusta completed the top 10.

Moto2 Aragon result - 21 laps

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Sam Lowes EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex/Triumph 39m33.202s
2 Enea Bastianini Italtrans Racing Team Kalex/Triumph 4.195s
3 Jorge Martin Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex/Triumph 4.340s
4 Jake Dixon Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex/Triumph 9.298s
5 Remy Gardner ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex/Triumph 14.765s
6 Marcos Ramirez Tennor American Racing Kalex/Triumph 15.130s
7 Hector Garzo Flexbox HP 40 Kalex/Triumph 15.192s
8 Joe Roberts Tennor American Racing Kalex/Triumph 17.024s
9 Tetsuta Nagashima Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex/Triumph 19.000s
10 Simone Corsi MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta/Triumph 20.206s
11 Augusto Fernandez EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex/Triumph 22.661s
12 Thomas Luthi Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex/Triumph 22.692s
13 Edgar Pons Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex/Triumph 22.995s
14 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta/Triumph 23.301s
15 Marcel Schrotter Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex/Triumph 23.989s
16 Xavi Vierge Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex/Triumph 26.747s
17 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Italtrans Racing Team Kalex/Triumph 26.862s
18 Nicolo Bulega Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex/Triumph 27.686s
19 Hafizh Syahrin Kipin Energy Aspar Team Moto2 Speed Up/Triumph 27.761s
20 Lorenzo Baldassarri Flexbox HP 40 Kalex/Triumph 27.892s
21 Bo Bendsneyder NTS RW Racing GP NTS/Triumph 36.250s
22 Andi Izdihar Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex/Triumph 44.779s
23 Somkiat Chantra Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex/Triumph 45.687s
24 Xavier Cardelus Kipin Energy Aspar Team Moto2 Speed Up/Triumph 47.231s
25 Kasma Kasmayudin ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex/Triumph 58.178s
26 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS RW Racing GP NTS/Triumph 1m05.154s
27 Jorge Navarro MB Conveyors - Speed Up Racing Speed Up/Triumph 3 Laps
- Marco Bezzecchi SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex/Triumph Retirement
- Fabio Di Giannantonio MB Conveyors - Speed Up Racing Speed Up/Triumph Retirement
- Luca Marini SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex/Triumph Retirement

Riders' standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Enea Bastianini 155
2 Sam Lowes 153
3 Luca Marini 150
4 Marco Bezzecchi 130
5 Jorge Martin 95
6 Tetsuta Nagashima 79
7 Joe Roberts 74
8 Remy Gardner 72
9 Thomas Luthi 72
10 Marcel Schrotter 61
11 Aron Canet 61
12 Xavi Vierge 59
13 Augusto Fernandez 54
14 Lorenzo Baldassarri 47
15 Fabio Di Giannantonio 45
16 Jorge Navarro 41
17 Jake Dixon 35
18 Hector Garzo 34
19 Marcos Ramirez 25
20 Stefano Manzi 20
21 Hafizh Syahrin 18
22 Nicolo Bulega 17
23 Simone Corsi 14
24 Somkiat Chantra 10
25 Bo Bendsneyder 5
26 Edgar Pons 5
27 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 5
28 Dominique Aegerter 4
29 Mattia Pasini 0
30 Andi Izdihar 0
31 Kasma Kasmayudin 0
32 Piotr Biesiekirski 0
33 Jesko Raffin 0
34 Xavier Cardelus 0
34 Alejandro Medina 0
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Series Moto2
Drivers Sam Lowes , Enea Bastianini
Teams Team VR46
Author Lewis Duncan