ARAGON. Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) increased his Championship lead in Round 14, but the Italian was forced to work hard for it by compatriot Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) in a spectacular last lap battle between the countrymen. Gradually reeling in the points leader, Pasini made it a duel to the line on the final lap, but Morbidelli was just able to take it - by 0.145 seconds. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took third after qualifying on pole, closing in on the duo at the front to see the flag only half a second back.
Championship challenger Tom Lüthi (CarXpert Interwetten) had a rare race off the podium, but nevertheless came home fourth for a good haul of points and some damage limitation – just beating a stunning rookie performance from Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo). Binder took his second successive top five in fifth, now gaining traction in his first year in the class after some big injury problems earlier in the year. Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) was another who impressed as a rookie, taking sixth and able to pull a few tenths away from veteran Italian Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) in the last laps.Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) did the reverse to close on the Italian – and crossed the line only 0.033 off. Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) had a good battle with Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) until the rider from Cervera was forced to retire, and the German crossed the line in ninth to round out a good weekend. Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) completed the top ten, with the Italian getting the better of fellow rookie Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP 40). Misano winner Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) crossed the line in twelfth, ahead of a duel for P13 between Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing Team) and Xavi Vierge (Tech 3 Racing) – with the Italian coming out on top. Stefano Manzi (Sky Racing Team VR46) locked out the points scorers.
Simone Corsi: 7th
“I expected more than the seventh place from today’s race. On the first lap, Schrotter made a mistake at turn eight and I lost precious time there, I think almost a second and a half from the head group. I managed to close the gap in 2-3 laps, but then I could not keep the fifth position, we are still missing something on the setup. The grip has dropped after a few laps and I accused chattering problems. In tomorrow’s test we will try to figure out what’s wrong and what we miss to stay among the top 5!”
Andrea Locatelli: 19th
“Tough race. Right on the first lap I had problems with the gearbox and I lost some positions. I tried to recover but starting from the back is not easy. However, I’m happy because I grew up all over the weekend. It’s important to continue in this way, gaining experience and collecting data”.
Augusto Fernandez: 22nd
“I started off badly, but when I was able to recover a bit and to take the group ahead I thought I could find the pace again, but that did not happen. I had a grip problem, both in braking and coming from a turn, I did not keep the bike in trajectory, I did a lot of effort. Too bad that we could do a good race! “
Xavier Siméon: 25th
“I'm angry and disappointed because after the warm-up of this morning the feeling was good and the expectation was the one to fight to get points. But right from the beginning I was forced to face some brakes issues and I made an off-track. I was able to recover something, but then the rear tire dropped to much and I slowed down and I nearly fell down. With this result I can't claim to be happy".