CATALUNYA. EG 0,0 Marc VDS’ Alex Marquez was nothing short of perfect for the third Grand Prix in a row by dominating the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya and securing a hat-trick of Moto2™ victories. A crash for title rival Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP40) also means Marquez now leads the World Championship. Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) took the second position on the podium.
In the fight for the last place on the Catalan GP podium, Jorge Navarro (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) would come out on top after breaking clear of Fernandez in the final stages of the race.
Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) secured a top five finish, a best Moto2™ result to date for the rookie. SKY Racing Team VR46’s Luca Marini got the better of Dynavolt Intact GP’s Marcel Schrötter for sixth place, with Marquez’s EG 0,0 Marc VDS teammate not too far behind in eighth.
Rounding out the top ten were Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), who drifted backwards after a strong start, and Tetsuta Nagashima (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team), who offered some smiles to his camp after teammate Remy Gardner tumbled on the opening lap.
Augusto Fernandez: P4
"Bittersweet taste this weekend. After yesterday's pole today I saw myself with pace to fight for the race but we have suffered some problems. Despite this, the reading is positive: with problems we continue ahead and score. I'm happy for the whole weekend and in Assen more. Thanks to the team once again."
Xavi Vierge: P8
"The weekend started well but I we tried some things with set-up on Saturday and lost completely our way. After yesterday we worked really hard with the team and they gave me a better bike for today’s race. I could improve my riding style and in the end I did a really good comeback. If I didn’t make a really good start it would have been more than difficult. Starting from P20 was tough. It was easy to make a mistake. I was lucky to start well and finish the race like that. Eighth wasn’t our goal but after a really difficult weekend it was a good finish. We got good information and I hope now we know which way to go with set-up. Thanks to the team for all their hard work and also thanks to all my supporters who came here today to cheer me on."
Simone Corsi: P14
"We could have done something more, but we took home good points. I started strong recovering many positions, but after a few laps I had no rear grip to push as I wanted. The initial goal was to be with the leading group, but with tomorrow's test we can work on our weaknesses to be competitive in the next rounds. "
Dimas Ekky Pratama: P21
"We got improvements today and we will keep working hard for next race! Thank you my team, my sponsors all supporter for the supports, now continue work on the Tuesday Test and be ready for AssenGP. "