ARGENTINA. Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) marked his 100th intermediate class start with a fantastic victory at the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina, with the Italian picking up his second Moto2™ win and taking the lead in the World Championship. Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP) converted pole position into his first dry race podium, bridging the gap to the front group in the middle part of the race to battle his way to second. After starting sixth, Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Miguel Oliveira fought his way through to the leading group on the opening lap, as he came home third.
Lorenzo Baldassarri couldn’t quite repeat his Qatar podium, eventually finishing 3.764 seconds back of the rostrum in fourth. EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider Alex Marquez’s chances of a podium were diminished as he ran wide at turn five on lap 20 while battling with Baldassarri – the Spaniard settling for fifth on his 100th GP start.
Remy Gardner (Tech 3 Racing) superbly picked up his best ever Moto2™ finish, crossing the line in a jubilant sixth to round off a very good weekend for the Australian. Reigning Moto3™ World Champion Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) impressed again in seventh, keeping Kiefer Racing’s Dominique Aegerter behind him by 0.081 seconds – a solid ride from the Swiss star on his second ride with the KTM.
Qatar race winner Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46) recovered from 15th on the grid, however he could only manage ninth – leaving him six points adrift in the Championship. Dynavolt Intact GP’s Marcel Schrötter claimed tenth, which means the team now sit top of the Teams Championship after two rounds.
Simone Corsi: 23th
"It's been a tricky race. Track conditions were not good, some sections were so wet and dangerous that I was hindered to find the right feeling that would enable me to be always fast. Now it's time to talk about the next race in Austin, where we'll have the goal to change direction and to get a good performance".
Fabio Quartararo: 22th
“It was a very difficult and tricky weekend. During the race I managed to recover some positions but it is obvious that starting from the twenty-eighth position is never easy. I know we can and must still improve a lot. The work will continue in the next two weeks in which we will analyse the data collected this weekend to shed light on the problems to be solved before the next race in Texas. Thanks to the team for working hard with me”.
Andrea Locatelli: 15th
“I'm pretty happy. I managed to get the first point despite the tough conditions. It was a good race: I started from the back, but lap after lap I managed to recover positions. I thank the team for the good job. We go back home with some satisfactions and confident for next race”.
Isaac Viñales: 14th
“It has been a positive weekend because we have been in top 10 positions at all times, although the qualifier cost us a bit more and came out thirteen. That was not an inconvenience considering that the pace in the race was the same as in the training, we were fast and consistent. However, in the first lap I suffered a touch with Brad Binder and I got a little out of the track, stepping on the wet part and losing many positions. Then I had to come back as far as I could and I finished in the fourteenth position, so we left very satisfied and eager for the next race".