CATALUNYA. Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) took a stunning second Moto2™ win at his home Catalan GP. The race was the 250th start for the EG 0,0 Marc VDS outfit, with the 2014 Moto3™ World Champion supplying plenty to cheer for the second time this season. Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) followed up his home heroics and win in Mugello with another podium in second, with Championship challenger Tom Lüthi (CarXpert Interwetten) completing the rostrum in P3.
Miguel Oliveira was on the chase late on, but the Portuguese rider crossed the line in fourth in another impressive points haul for the new KTM Moto2™ chassis. Baldassarri, after the disappointment of a DNF in Mugello, completed the top five to bounce back in style. Rookie home hero Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) threatened Morbidelli for sixth for a number of laps before the Championship leader was able to pull away, leaving Navarro to take seventh. Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP 40) was the next rookie home in P8 after a spectacular battle to decide who would complete the top ten, with Xavi Vierge (Tech 3 Racing) striking late to move up into P9 despite missing the race in Mugello due to injury. Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) locked out the top ten, with Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) pushed back into P11 on the final laps and Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) crashing out late on.
Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) was P12 over the line ahead of a solid home ride for Isaac Viñales (BE-A-VIP SAG Team), with Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) taking yet more points in P14 as he pushes for Rookie of the Year despite a tougher weekend at the Catalan GP. Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Racing Team) completed the top fifteen, scoring his first World Championship point in the intermediate class.
Simone Corsi: 12th
"Today I struggled a lot, it was a really complicated race, the most difficult I have ridden until today. Temperatures rose sharply more than yesterday, and the tyres went down right away, as we expected. I suffered a lot the lack of grip, especially in the last laps. We’ll be back in the next race on Dutch ground, stronger than now!"
Andrea Locatelli: 15th
“I’m very satisfied. It was a hard weekend, very hot, and conquer my first point means so much, has a special value. We still have to work but we are on the right way. Thank you to the team: we are getting better and better. I like very much next two circuits and I’m sure we will make further steps forward”.
Xavier Siméon: 21st
"To be honest, I think it has been a positive weekend anyway. We solved relevant issues on setting, and I'm sure that this is the right way to follow and that will enable us to be competitive under any condition from here on out. We made another little change before the race, and it revealed itself good because the starting has been great. But then the back tire started to create problems and I lost ground finishing 21. But I'm sure that we are working well and I'm positive. I'm not the one who stops fighting before the end, and I know that we'll have our payback pretty soon".
Augusto Fernandez: 22nd
"I am happy with today because we had a good race pace and managed to reduce the gap between the first, better than last Italian race, from 45-to-38 seconds. I was able to ride with just one second more per lap from the first for almost all the competition. The feeling with the bike is great, we have to continue in this way and I’m sure we will have great satisfaction!"