French Moto2: Lowes wins at Le Mans after Dixon crashes from lead

Ex-Aprilia MotoGP rider Sam Lowes scored his first Moto2 win since 2016 at Le Mans, aided by fellow Briton Jake Dixon crashing out of the lead

French Moto2: Lowes wins at Le Mans after Dixon crashes from lead

On a still slightly damp track, the race bizarrely started without poleman Joe Roberts in position, as the American Racing rider suffered a bike problem ahead of the warm-up lap and didn't catch up to the back of the pack before the red lights went out.

Remy Gardner took advantage of Roberts' absence to vault into an early lead ahead of Xavi Vierge and Lowes, but on the second tour Marc VDS rider Lowes picked off both the Petronas Sprinta bike of Vierge and Gardner on the SAG machine to grab the lead.

Dixon on the second Petronas machine then charged up to second on the third lap of 26, with team-mate Vierge crashing out on lap five, and on lap seven he took advantage of Lowes running wide at Garage Vert to take the lead.

The former British Superbike title contender had a lead as big as three seconds at one point before a recovering Lowes started to close back in, with the gap between the pair stabilising at a little over a second in the middle part of the race.

But Dixon's hopes of a first grand prix win ended on lap 22 with a low-side at the final corner, gifting Lowes a lead he would manage to the chequered flag to claim his first victory since the 2016 Aragon round - and his first since his ill-fated MotoGP stint.

Gardner passed VR46 rider Marco Bezzecchi on the last lap to grab second, his best result of the year, while Augusto Fernandez was fourth on the second Marc VDS bike.

From last, Roberts completed a remarkable charge to finish in sixth place behind Thomas Luthi (Intact GP). Rounding out the top 10 were Fabio di Giannantonio (Speed Up), Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons), Enea Bastianini (Italtrans) and Somkiat Chantra (Honda Team Asia).

Points leader Luca Marini (VR46) finished out of the points in 17th following his massive practice crash that required him to be taken for hospital for a check-up.

Marini nonetheless maintains a 13-point lead at the head of the table with five rounds to run ahead of Bastianini, while Bezzecchi and Lowes are 20 and 22 points back respectively.

Moto2 French Grand Prix race results - 25 laps

Pos Rider Team Gap
1 Sam Lowes EG 0,0 Marc VDS 41m27.648s
2 Remy Gardner ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 3.822s
3 Marco Bezzecchi SKY Racing Team VR46 4.184s
4 Augusto Fernandez EG 0,0 Marc VDS 5.884s
5 Thomas Luthi Liqui Moly Intact GP 21.668s
6 Joe Roberts Tennor American Racing 29.197s
7 Fabio Di Giannantonio Termozeta Speed Up 32.249s
8 Lorenzo Baldassarri Flexbox HP 40 34.376s
9 Somkiat Chantra Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 35.392s
10 Marcel Schrotter Liqui Moly Intact GP 35.521s
11 Enea Bastianini Italtrans Racing Team 37.720s
12 Hector Garzo Flexbox HP 40 37.910s
13 Marcos Ramirez Tennor American Racing 38.423s
14 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta Forward Racing 43.464s
15 Hafizh Syahrin Inde Aspar Team Moto2 44.036s
16 Simone Corsi MV Agusta Forward Racing 44.217s
17 Luca Marini SKY Racing Team VR46 59.550s
18 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Italtrans Racing Team 1m09.735s
19 Edgar Pons Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1m09.751s
20 Bo Bendsneyder NTS RW Racing GP 1m12.930s
21 Tetsuta Nagashima Red Bull KTM Ajo 1m14.158s
22 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS RW Racing GP 1 Lap
- Kasma Kasmayudin ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Disqualified
- Jake Dixon Petronas Sprinta Racing Retirement
- Jorge Navarro Termozeta Speed Up Retirement
- Nicolo Bulega Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Retirement
- Andi Izdihar Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Retirement
- Xavi Vierge Petronas Sprinta Racing Retirement
- Jorge Martin Red Bull KTM Ajo Retirement
- Aron Canet Inde Aspar Team Moto2 Not started

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