SPAIN. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40) rode imperiously to take only his second ever Moto2™ victory at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, lifting him up to second in the World Championship. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) came from P14 on the grid to take a superb second, as Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46) took the checkered flag in third, keeping him top of the Championship standings – as last year’s race winner Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) crashed out at Turn 2.
The brilliant Baldassarri wheelied across the line, with Oliveira and Bagnaia – who held off Vierge – rounding off the podium. Pasini came home in a solid fifth, as Binder had to settle for sixth. Marcel Schrӧtter (Dynavolt Intact GP), with shoulder ligament damage, was a phenomenal seventh, with Sam Lowes (Swiss Innovative Investors), his teammate Iker Lecuona, Fabio Quartararo (Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing), reigning Moto3™ World Champion Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) – who has been suffering from a stomach bug all weekend – and Simone Corsi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) rounding out the top 12.
Simone Corsi: 12th
"In the end I'm happy because we achieved points one time more, but maybe I expected something better. We made a good work to find the right setting, even if for the top-10 we need to step up our efforts. But we look ahead and we're gonna try again in Le Mans."
Fabio Quartararo: 10th
“I’m happy with today’s performance and the improvements we’ve been making since the start of the season. We have to work on driving, we are already doing it but we are not satisfied yet. I’m improving the start and the first laps, I think it is very important. At the next Grand Prix of France in Le Mans I will do my best to reach a great result, the home Grand Prix is always so emotional!”
Andrea Locatelli: 15th
“Tough but positive weekend. Jerez is not one of my favourite tracks: I was fast in practice but in qualifying I wasn't able to keep the pace. I understood my weaknesses and we kept on working. I would want to take a few more points but above all I’m happy. Now we have two days of testing and then the race at Le Mans, a track that I really like.”
Isaac Viñales: 19th
“It's a pity that physically I was not 100% because we're really making a good start to the season and I was very motivated for the first European race. However, I felt very bad and I have not been able to give everything as I would like, I have tried to do my best. Today in the race, with such high temperatures and my condition, it has cost me a lot, but I wanted to finish the race and accumulate shooting for the next dates. It's time to forget this weekend and get 100% to Le Mans, which is also a circuit where I've always been quite good and I've felt comfortable."