LE MANS. Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) took another incredible win at Le Mans in Moto2™, extending his points lead after crashing out last time out in Jerez. First dueling Tom Lüthi (CarXpert Interwetten) and then holding firm under incredible pressure from rookie superstar Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46). Morbidelli’s victory in France upholds the EG 0,0 Marc VDS team’s 100% win rate in 2017, although Bagnaia pushed hard to keep his compatriot close in another awesome rookie ride for second and his second Moto2™ podium. Swiss veteran and multiple Le Mans winner Lüthi took third and another podium.
Marquez was able to bring it home in P4 with the veteran Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) in fifth. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing Team) was a high profile crasher out of the top ten in a difficult day for the team, with Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) then left in a gap behind Pasini to fly the flag as fastest Suter once again in sixth. Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) took a solid seventh ahead of Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) after passing the Italian late on, with Xavi Vierge (Tech 3 Racing) in ninth ahead of more good form from Yonny Hernandez (AGR Team) to complete the top ten.
Simone Corsi: 8th
"I’m not happy with the grid position. We have still not found a definitive solution to the chattering problem that prevents me from driving the bike as I would like. I feel slow when turning, but if we solve that problem we can do a good race!"
Xavier Simeon: 16th
"Today I feel bad and angry, because we were perfect and the bike was working greatly. But we still have problems in accelerations, losing meters in direct comparisons. I can't maintain the same rithm during the race, and thats the critical juncture in which we must continue to work hardly if we want to make the leap in quality and results"
Andrea Locatelli: 19th
"I'm pretty happy about this weekend because we've done a good job and we are improving. I started from the back because of yesterday's crash during the qualifying but I had a good feeling and a the end I get another important wealth of experience. Now we’ll face two testing day at Misano making further steps forward, then we’ll move to Mugello"
Axel Bassani: 24th
"Even if we took one step forward, we could do much more because it’s never enough. The rear wheel was often spinning during qualifying so riding was more difficult. However, we managed to lower the lap time around a second and that’s very important because it means we are working well, improving race by race. Tomorrow’s goal is to reduce the gap from the first and improve the race performance. I will do all I can!"