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Lowes obliterates field in Aragon masterclass

Sam Lowes turned his fifth pole position into victory after the Brit used his experience and skill to dominate the Moto2 field at the Motorland Circuit in Aragon. Alex Marquez produced a stunning ride in front of his home crowd to take his first ever podium in the intermediate class. Franco Morbidelli completed a Marc VDS double with a fantastic third place, almost snatching P2 off Marquez heading into the final corner only to be taken straight back.

The threat of rain had subsided as the Moto2 class took to the grid but the riders would have to be content with overcast skies and much cooler conditions compared to Friday and Saturday. Lowes started on Pole with Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami rounding out the front row. Nevertheless it was Marquez who got the best start, blasting from the line into turns one and two, closely followed by Lowes who stalked the Spaniard for the next couple of corners until the Brit decided to slide past Marquez and he immediately opened up a gap.

The Gresini rider kept a consistent scintillating pace to eventually finish the race untouched with a comfortable three second gap, with this result, it gives Lowes’s title dreams a glimmer of hope heading into the final four races of the season.

Marquez was holding firm in second despite his teammate Morbidelli rapidly closing on him in the final few laps, and the pair even engaged in a final corner duel but it was the Cervera man who came out on top translating his best ever Moto2 qualifying into his best ever finish in P2. Morbidelli rounded out the podium in P3 which is his fourth of the season.

Thomas Luthi was in the thick of the action in the early exchanges but as the race wore on, the Swiss rider was unable to compete with the pace of the front three and had to settle for a rather lonely P4. Takaaki Nakagami completed a rather identical race to Luthi, riding to a quiet top five.

The Championship battle however was heating up behind which also involved a four way battle for sixth, with Alex Rins emerging victorious in the battle, finishing in P6. Misano winner Lorenzo Baldasarri had another solid race showing he is continuing his fantastic form coming home in P7. Championship leader Johann Zarco had a torrid time at the Aragon Circuit finding himself in tenth at one point, but the Reigning Champion recovered well to bring his Ajo Motorsport machine home in P8 but his championship lead has once again been cut this time to just one single point.

Simone Corsi and Jonas Folger had rather disappointing races, struggling for pace throughout the grueling 21 lap marathon eventually finishing in P9 and P10 respectively. Xavier Simeon, Mattia Pasini, Sandro Cortese, Hafizh Syahrin and Marcel Schrotter rounded out the rest of the point scorers.

Moto2 returns in three weeks time when they head to the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit in Japan where Alex Rins will be hoping to overturn his one point deficit and stop Zarco from extending his lead.

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