Grand prix

Title twist: Lowes victorious, Raul Fernandez crashes

The British rider returns to victory for the first time since Doha as the Moto2™ title race takes another twist

For the first time since the Doha GP, Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) is a Moto2™ race winner after an immensely dramatic Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell’Emilia-Romagna unfolded. Augusto Fernandez made it an Elf Marc VDS Racing Team 1-2 at Misano, Aron Canet (Aspar Team Moto2) claimed third but the story was with the title race: Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) crashed out from the lead, as a seventh place finish for Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) – after a Long Lap Penalty – hands the Australian an 18-point advantage heading to Portimao.

Another huge title twist as Lowes returns to victory

Polesitter Lowes grabbed the holeshot with Canet making a good start to earn P2 ahead of Augusto Fernandez, with Raul Fernandez and Gardner P7 and P12 respectively at the end of the first lap. On Lap 3, Raul Fernandez had made his way up to P4, with Gardner scrapping away in the lower ends of the top 10.

A late lunge from Canet on race leader Jorge Navarro (+EGO Speed Up) at the tight Turn 14 right-hander allowed Lowes to retake the lead, while also gifting Raul Fernandez P3. The latter was then up to P2 on Lap 6, and with Gardner P8, as things stood Raul Fernandez would take the World Championship lead – a long way to go though, of course.

Gardner, seeing his title rival P2, chose to dive up the inside of Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) at Turn 14. Unfortunately for the Thai rider, contact was made and Chantra crashed unhurt – would there be any action against Gardner for the incident? Meanwhile, Raul Fernandez was swarming Lowes’ rear wheel. And by Lap 11 of 25, Lowes, Raul Fernandez and Canet were 1.3s clear of fourth place Navarro, as Augusto Fernandez passed Gardner – the Australian back down to P8.