Álex Márquez ended a run of 25 races without a Spanish winner in the Moto2 class with a dominant victory at Le Mans. The Spaniard took the lead on the fourth lap of the race and held it until the end, with two compatriots joining on the podium in the shape of Jorge Navarro and Augusto Fernández. Lorenzo Baldassarri crashed on the first lap but remains on the top of the championship with a seven-point advantage over Thomas Luthi.
Jake Dixon equalled his best result on a Moto2 Grand Prix, scoring seventeenth at Le Mans just as he did in Argentina. The British rider returned to action this weekend after his concussion at the Grand Prix of the Americas and he did so in impressive style, qualifying eleventh and crossing the line today in sixteenth. Dixon was then given a penalty for exceeding track limits and dropped one position to seventeenth.
17th Jake Dixon:
“I am never happy to finish in this position and I think a 1.2 second penalty is harsh because I couldn’t do anything about the incident and I didn’t gain any time – in fact, it was the opposite. In the end I crossed the line sixteenth but with the penalty it’s seventeenth. I had a vibration on the front end from the first lap and I was struggling to get the bike stopped with a full tank. It improved and I got quicker as the tank got lighter, and I was pleased to set my best time on the last lap. We have work to do but it hasn’t been a bad weekend.”
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