2016 Mugello Moto2 Results

Lowes and Baldassarri lead Mugello Moto2 grid
Lowes and Baldassarri lead grid

The Moto2 race at Italy’s Mugello in the Tuscan hills came down to a 10-lap battle after a restart. The race initially began under dry and warming conditions, but some third-lap crashes caused the restart and ultimately shortened race.

First, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS’ Alex Marquez – the younger brother of two-time MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez – and Forward Racing’s Luca Marini contacted each other on Turn 3, ending both of their races. The next to go was Dynavolt Intact GP’s Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) who suffered a DNF due to technical issues.

Causing the most delay was the single-bike crash involving Tech 3 Racing’s Xavier Vierge, who tucked the front of his bike at Turn 13. Vierge hit the air fence, and caused the red flag; per World Championship rules, all air fences must be inflated.

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When the 10-lap race finished, Ajo Motorsports Johann Zarco earned the win by a mere 0.030 of a second ahead of Forward Team’s Lorenzo Baldassarri. Claiming the final podium position was Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Sam Lowes.

2016 Mugello Moto2 Results & Recap
Sam Lowes and Lorenzo Baldassarri battle

When the shortened race was restarted, the grid was decided by the position of the riders on the third lap of the red-flagged race. Lowes lined up on pole ahead of Garage Plus Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi and Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami.

But due to delaying the race start, Nakagami, Julian Simon (QMMF Racing Team), Xavier Simeon (QMMF Racing Team), Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing), Ratthapark Wilairot (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Edgar Pons (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), Federico Fuligni (Team Ciatti) and championship leader Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) were sent to the back of the grid.

Luthi got to turn one first, followed by Lowes and Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia). Bad luck continued for QMMF Racign Team’s Xavier Simeon, who crashed and was unable to restart the race.

Baldassarri was again a man on a mission as the Italian moved into the lead. Lowes remained behind leading five riders, as Zarco moved into fifth.

Sandro Cortese leads back of Mugello Moto2 grid
Sandro Cortese leads back of grid

Due to the shortened race, tire wear was not a worry. This provided some great on-track action as Baldassarri, Zarco and Luthi moved to the front and started an all-out brawl. Behind, AGR Team’s Alex Pons and Rins made much progression.

The last lap had the crowd of over 100,000 on their feet; Zarco and Baldassari traded the lead a few times, but it was the Frenchman Zarco who would claim the win. And just like in the MotoGP class, the fight came down to the checkered flag; Zarco earned the win by a mere 0.030 of a second ahead of Baldassarri.

Lowes held of Luthi for third, and Hafizh Syahrin claimed fifth ahead of Alex Pons. Rins battled from the back to finish seventh and retain some points.

Rounding out the top 10 were Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing’s Franco Morbidelli and IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami.

After six of 18 rounds, Lowes has 98 points – two ahead or Rins, 16 ahead of Luthi, and 17 ahead of Zarco. The series now breaks for two weeks ahead of Catalunya.

2016 Mugello Moto2 Podium
2016 Mugello Moto2 Podium