Lorenzo Baldassarri lost his grip on the Moto2 World Championship lead today for the first time since his opening-round victory in Qatar, a crash in the Grand Prix of Catalunya combined with a third straight win for Álex Márquez allowing the home rider to take over. Márquez was joined on the podium at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya by Thomas Luthi and Jorge Navarro, with the same three riders now in the same order at the top of the championship. Augusto Fernández finished fourth after starting from pole for the first time, ahead of Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini.
Jake Dixon was left frustrated after a strong performance saw him battle in the middle group, only to be taken out by another rider in the final corner of the final lap. The Brit was on course for 20th position when he was wiped out with just metres to run until the line.
Jake Dixon (DNF):
“I’m really sore, with a lot of pain in my elbows. To be cleaned out by another rider in the last corner of the last lap, when we’re not even battling for the lead, is idiotic. It’s a joke. Too many people are riding dangerously out there. Apart from that, the bike was better today and the team are doing a great job. We’re all just frustrated now because of the actions of another rider.”
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