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Luthi wins as Lowes crashes out

Tom Luthi has taken his 2nd race victory of the season at the British GP. The Swiss rider who started from 10th place from the grid, surprisingly sliced his way through the field  and prove he is back on form having sit out Czech GP. Franco Morbidelli and Takaaki Nakagami took advantage of a late collision between Johann Zarco and polesitter Sam Lowes to take second and third. Reigning champion Zarco  was subsequently given a 30-second time penalty for the incident,which ultimately caused him to finish outside the points.

It was Jonas Folger of the Dynavolt Intact GP team who rocketed off the start line making his way from third to first by the first turn. Lowes who started from pole tucked in behind Folger and after a couple of laps a lead group had established which involved Johann Zarco, Hafizh Syahrin and the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS duo of Alex Marquez and Franco Morbidelli. In the early laps it looked as if Lowes was going to as predicted run away with the race but increasing pressure from Zarco and now Luthi meant that the Brit could not open a gap and  soon found himself in third as Luthi took the lead.

As the laps ticked away the action was minimal but with five laps to go a heated battle had developed between Lowes and Zarco  with the pair trading places regularly for the next two laps. However with three laps to go the Brit moved ahead of the Frenchman but the latter attempted to re-pass which resulted in a collision and Lowes hitting the deck and scoring zero points. Zarco was handed a thirty second penalty which also resulted in him scoring zero points.

Luthi however held his nerve to take the race victory and prove he has recovered from his fall at the Czech GP where he suffered a concussion and was kept in hospital for a few days. In the battle for the remaining podium places, Franco Morbidelli and  Takaaki Nakagami were taking over from where Lowes and Zarco left off and battled right to the end with the Marc VDS rider coming out on top in the end with a brilliant second place with the latter taking a fine third.

Hafizh Syahrin who used his wet weather skills to qualify fifth on the grid produced an impressive effort to finish fourth ahead of early leader Folger who rounded out the top five. Lorenzo Baldassari continued his good form to come home sixth ahead of an injured Alex Rins who put in an incredible ride to finish seventh and narrow the gap to Zarco in the championship to ten points. Simone Corsi had a good ride to finish in P8 with compatriot Mattia Pasini and Axel Pons completing the top 10.

Moto2 returns in a weeks time where the riders will take to the Misano Circuit in San Marino with only ten points separating the top two in the championship.

Image via: motorsport.com

 

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