Aragon Moto2: Lowes wins again as VR46 duo crash out

Lewis Duncan
·4 mins read

Marc VDS’ Lowes took his first win in four years last week at Le Mans following a late crash for long-time leader Jake Dixon, and once again benefitted when Bezzecchi fell from the lead on the penultimate lap.

Bezzecchi jumped poleman Lowes off the line at the start to take the lead, while Petronas Sprinta’s Dixon briefly moved ahead of his fellow Brit on the run to Turn 1.

But Dixon ran wide and allowed Lowes back into second, with Fabio Di Giannantonio moving into third on the Speed up while his teammate Jorge Navarro crashed after contact with Marcos Ramirez exiting Turn 1.

Di Giannantonio would capitalise on a slightly wide Lowes on the run into Turn 12 on the opening lap to take second, though the Marc VDS rider carve back through again at Turn 2 at the start of the second tour.

Bezzecchi’s lead stood as half a second over Lowes and would maintain an advantage of around four to six tenths as he resisted the pressure exerted on him throughout much of the 21-lap contest.

His VR46 teammate Luca Marini would crash out on lap three at Turn 14, blowing the doors off this 2020 Moto2 title fight.

Di Giannantonio would charge into second again on lap eight ahead of Lowes before taking the lead from Bezzecchi two tours later.

But the Speed Up rider’s race lasted until lap 11, when he crashed at Turn 2, releasing Bezzecchi back into the lead.

Enea Bastianini came through from 12th on the grid to start hounding Ajo KTM’s Jorge Martin for third in the latter stages, making his first move on lap 15 with a neat scythe up the inside of Turn 13.

Martin retaliated at Turn 1, with Bastianini coming through again at Turn 8 and the pair continued to debate the spot, which allowed a gap of over three seconds to open up to the leading duo.

As the race entered its penultimate lap, Bezzecchi’s lead over Lowes had extended to eight tenths and victory looked assured.

But the VR46 rider crashed at Turn 2 to compound his team’s miserable Aragon GP.

Lowes kept it tidy to the chequered flag for his second win of 2020, while Bastianini got the better of Martin on the last lap for second to take the lead in the championship.

The MotoGP-bound Italtrans rider leads Lowes by two points in the standings, with Marini five adrift and Bezzecchi 25 down.

Dixon put the crushing disappointment of Le Mans behind him to claim a career-best fourth ahead of SAG’s Remy Gardner, who prevailed in a tussle with American Racing’s Ramirez.

Pons’ Hector Garzo, the sister American Racing bike of Joe Roberts, Tetsuta Nagashima (Ajo KTM) and Simone Corse on the MV Agusta completed the top 10. 

Results:

1

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sam Lowes

Kalex

2

33

Italy
Italy

Enea Bastianini

Kalex

4.195

3

88

Spain
Spain

Jorge Martin

Kalex

4.340

4

96

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jake Dixon

Kalex

9.298

5

87

Australia
Australia

Remy Gardner

Kalex

14.765

6

42

Spain
Spain

Marcos Ramirez

Kalex

15.130

7

40

Spain
Spain

Hector Garzo

Kalex

15.192

8

16

United States
United States

Joe Roberts

Kalex

17.024

9

45

Japan
Japan

Tetsuta Nagashima

Kalex

19.000

10

24

Italy
Italy

Simone Corsi

MV Agusta

20.206

11

37

Spain
Spain

Augusto Fernandez

Kalex

22.661

12

12

Switzerland
Switzerland

Thomas Luthi

Kalex

22.692

13

57

Spain
Spain

Edgar Pons

Kalex

22.995

14

62

Italy
Italy

Stefano Manzi

MV Agusta

23.301

15

23

Germany
Germany

Marcel Schrotter

Kalex

23.989

16

97

Spain
Spain

Xavi Vierge

Kalex

26.747

17

19

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Kalex

26.862

18

11

Italy
Italy

Nicolo Bulega

Kalex

27.686

19

55

Malaysia
Malaysia

Hafizh Syahrin

Speed Up

27.761

20

7

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Baldassarri

Kalex

27.892

21

64

Netherlands
Netherlands

Bo Bendsneyder

NTS

36.250

22

27

Indonesia
Indonesia

Andi Gilang

Kalex

44.779

23

35

Thailand
Thailand

Somkiat Chantra

Kalex

45.687

24

18

Andorra
Andorra

Xavi Cardelus

Speed Up

47.231

25

99

Malaysia
Malaysia

Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin

Kalex

58.178

26

74

Piotr Biesiekirski

NTS

1'05.154

27

9

Spain
Spain

Jorge Navarro

Speed Up

3 Laps

72

Italy
Italy

Marco Bezzecchi

Kalex

2 Laps

21

Italy
Italy

Fabio Di Giannantonio

Speed Up

11 Laps

10

Italy
Italy

Luca Marini

Kalex

19 Laps

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