Thailand Moto2: Bagnaia wins as Sky VR46 takes 1-2

By On October 07, 2018

Thailand Moto2: Bagnaia wins as Sky VR46 takes 1-2

Sky VR46 rider Bagnaia was up into the lead already on the opening lap from sixth on the grid with a move on Lorenzo Baldassarri at Turn 8.

Ajo KTM duo Oliveira and Brad Binder both passed Baldassarri a lap later, and the duo put Bagnaia under pressure.

The future Pramac MotoGP rider made a couple of mistakes early on - he ran wide twice at Turn 12, giving up the lead to Oliveira both times.

However, Bagnaia was able to fight back every time, the last of his moves on Oliveira a brave overtake at the first Turn 4 left-hander.

After he made that move on lap 12, he started to show pace Oliveira could not match, and gradually extended his lead to over a second.

Bagnaia cruised to the finish to win by 1.5s as Oliveira and Binder switched their attention to the championship leader's teammate Marini.

Marini looked set to join the leading trio at one point earlier bu t, just as he got close enough, he made a mistake.

He was still able to catch up for the final few laps and first passed Binder before taking advantage of a mistake from Oliveira at Turn 3 on the final lap.

Oliveira had to settle for third, losing a further nine points in the championship as his teammate Binder did not trouble him and finished a close fourth.

Fabio Quartararo battled with Marini during the race but didn't have the pace to keep up late on as he took fifth, 6.2s adrift.

Mattia Pasini (Italtrans) finished sixth followed by Iker Lecuona (CGBM) and Tetsuta Nagashima (Honda Team Asia) who took his first top 10 result in Moto2 in eighth.

The top 10 was completed by Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans) and Simone Corsi (Tasca).

Joan Mir, Marcel Schrotter and Augusto Fernandez had a crash on the opening lap, with Stefano Manzi falling a lap later.

Alex Marquez and Baldassarri both crashed from the top five, while Sam Lowes fell o n the last lap.

Race results

1 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Kalex 24 39'00.009
2 Italy Luca Marini Kalex 24 1.512
3 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 24 1.651
4 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 24 1.808
5 France Fabio Quartararo Speed Up 24 6.260
6 Italy Matti a Pasini Kalex 24 11.784
7 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 24 15.290
8 Japan Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 24 16.903
9 Italy Andrea Locatelli Kalex 24 18.608
10 Italy Simone Corsi Kalex 24 21.181
11 Spain Xavi Vierge Kalex 24 22.021
12 Australia Remy Gardn er Tech 3 24 23.957
13 United States Joe Roberts NTS 24 24.668
14 Netherlands Bo Bendsneyder Tech 3 24 26.302
15 Finland Niki Tuuli Kalex 24 26.817
16 Switzerland Dominique Aegerter KTM 24 30.758
17 Spain Jorge Navarro Kalex 24 34.782
18 Thaila   nd Thitipong Warokorn Kalex 24 38.315
19 Spain Edgar Pons Kalex 24 40.294
20 France Jules Danilo Kalex 24 40.845
21 Malaysia Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 24 41.349
22 Andorra Xavi Cardelus Kalex 24 43.908
23 South Africa Steven Odendaal NTS 24 57.257
24 Spain Isaac Viñales Suter 24 59.207
25 Italy Federico Fuligni Kalex 24 59.383
United Kingdom Sam Lowes KTM 23 1 Lap
Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 10 14 Laps
Spain Alex Marquez Kalex 6 18 Laps
Italy Stefano Manzi Suter 1 23 Laps
Spain Augusto Fernandez Kale x
Germany Marcel Schrotter Kalex
Spain Joan Mir Kalex
Source: Google News Thailand | Netizen 24 Thailand

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