MUGELLO. Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) stormed to back-to-back success in the Moto2™ class after a masterful performance at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley. The Spaniard broke clear at half race distance and consequently sparks the title fight into life by closing to within just two points of the World Championship leader Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP40). After a disappointing start to the year with no top five finishes, Marini kick started his season with a second place finish. Meanwhile, the ultra-consistent Lüthi would hold on for third podium finish of the season and an important 16 points in the Championship fight. Heading to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in two weeks, Marquez is now two points behind Baldassarri with Lüthi only another two points further back on today’s race winner. The World Championship leader put together a brilliant recovery race by climbing through from the fifth row of the grid to eventually take fourth place and hang on to the Championship lead he has held since the opening round of the year.
The Italian’s FlexBox HP40 teammate, Augusto Fernandez, was three tenths behind in fifth place, ahead of Italtrans Racing Team’s Enea Bastianini in sixth, a career best finish in Moto2™. Both Navarro and Schrötter eventually slipped back to seventh and eighth respectively, before Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and Di Giannantonio rounded out the top ten.
Augusto Fernandez: P5
"A fifth position today is a very good result, we are another top 5 and important points for the championship. The weekend started very badly and in the end we managed to make a good race. We had rhythm even to fight for the victory but when start from the back it is difficult to come back. But I'm happy and this result gives us motivation for the next grand prix that is at home".
Xavi Vierge: P12
"I’m quite happy with the work we did this weekend. We knew where our weak point was. We worked so hard but finally it wasn’t enough to improve it. My first part of the race was good. My rhythm was similar to the fastest riders but then the others could either stay the same or lose three or four tenths of a second. I, on the other hand, started to lose a lot of time. We have to focus on that. I’m confident that soon we will find the necessary improvements to fight for the best positions".
Dimas Ekky Pratama: P24
"Difficult race in Mugello but we bring some positive things for CatalanGp. Thanks my team always support me! Keep working..Vamoss".
Simone Corsi: N.C.
"We are fast but we are not bringing home what we deserve, so I am disappointed with the result, as well as the outcome of the last three races. Too bad, because I was very keen on the home race. I had made a good start, recovering positions, but at the bottom of the San Donato, after passing Lowes, the front closed. Now we must be strong, especially mentally, both myself and the whole team. Barcelona awaits us, we must react".