With only four races remaining, Álex Márquez now has a forty-point lead in the Moto2 World Championship standings. The title is getting closer …
The first of the four events on the Asia / Pacific Tour, the Thailand Grand Prix was more than a mere formality for the riders who had to cope with harsh weather conditions and a track whose grip changed from one day to the next. Álex Márquez handled it well. Chalking up his fifth pole position in seven Grands Prix, the Spaniard finished the first lap of the race in the lead before giving way to Luca Marini. He then fought it out with Iker Lecuona, Brad Binder and Augusto Fernandez before crossing the finish line in fifth position. “The race was more difficult than expected,” said the championship leader. “Right from the warm-up this morning I found it difficult keeping up the pace. The conditions were noticeably different from the free practice sessions and things were more difficult for me. Despite it all we had a good race, I fought long enough in the lead, and could have made the podium. That was not to be, but the weekend was still positive, I finished fifth with useful points for the championship.” Xavi Vierge never saw the checkered flag. After qualifying for seventh place, the Catalan fell on the eleventh lap, trying to catch up with the leaders. On the side of the Tech 3 team, Marco Bezzecchi clinched his second top ten of the season after Assen. “The bike was working well and despite the heat I managed to keep enough energy for the end of the race,” said the Italian, “and that allowed me to overtake several riders in the last six laps.” Phillip Oettl took the checkered flag in twenty-second position. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira finished just short of the points, handicapped by pain in his shoulder after a fall during the practice test sessions. “I was paced well on the first part of the race but unfortunately I couldn’t keep it up,” regretted the Portuguese rider. Hafizh Syahrin complained about a lack of engine power probably due to the heat. He finished in twentieth position.
Although he lost two points to Augusto Fernandez after the Thailand Grand Prix, Álex Márquez has nonetheless consolidated his position as leader, since with four races to go before the end of the championship he now has a forty-point lead over his Spanish opponent. Xavi Vierge has slipped to fifteenth place while Marco Bezzecchi has moved up to twenty-first. In the MotoGP category, Miguel Oliveira keeps his 17th place and Hafizh Syahrin is still 24th.
Leader of the Moto2 World Championship, Álex Márquez increased his lead by finishing third in the Grand Prix of Aragon while taking advantage of the fall of Augusto Fernandez, his main rival in the title race.
In front of his fans, on the Aragon circuit, the leader of the Moto2 world championship was eager to shine. Álex Márquez didn’t win, but by making it to the podium for the ninth time of the season and also taking advantage of the fall of his rival in the title race, Augusto Fernandez, the rider from Cervera has increased his lead at the top of the overall standings. From pole position, Márquez fought it out to the finish behind Brad Binder, together with Luca Marini and Jorge Navarro. “It was a difficult race because the conditions were different from those we had during the practice test sessions, especially because of the wind that had changed direction,” said the Marc VDS rider. “In trying to catch up with Binder I used my rear tire too much and at the end of the race I lacked traction. So when Jorge overtook me I didn’t insist. Augusto having fallen, my thoughts were on the championship.” His team-mate Xavi Vierge made it again to the top-ten, taking the chequered flag in tenth place. “I was hoping for better,” said the Catalan. “I didn’t have the same good feelings as during the practice test sessions, I had the impression I was fighting with the bike.” Marco Bezzecchi, who suffered from a lack of grip on his rear tire, finished fifteenth. Philipp Oettl, the second rider of the team KTM Tech 3, had to settle for twenty-sixth place. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira returned to the top fifteen. Thirteenth on the finish line, the Portuguese rider was satisfied with his performance after two Did Not Finish: “I had a good race fighting it out with the top riders. I am all the happier in that it’s not easy to overtake on this circuit.” His teammate Hafizh Syarhin ranked twenty-first.
With his third place, Álex Márquez increased his lead in the overall standings from 26 to 38 points. A good operation before the major round of four races overseas looming ahead in October. Xavi Vierge stays in fourteenth place. On the side of the Tech 3 team, Marco Bezzecchi is in 23rd place with 11 points while Philipp Oettl’s counter has yet to start. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira has moved up one places. He is now seventeenth with 29 points. No change for Hafizh Syahrin, still twenty-fourth with 6 points.
By finishing third in the San Marino Grand Prix, Álex Márquez made it to the podium for the eighth time this season. A performance that allows the Moto2 Championship leader to maintain a lead of more than one victory in the overall standings.
After his fall in Britain, Álex Márquez had to redeem himself. Which is just what he did. On a circuit where he has never felt very comfortable, the Marc VDS rider managed to qualify for the front row on the starting grid before taking a place on the podium. In the fight with Augusto Fernandez and Fabio Di Giannantonio, Márquez had to struggle for a long time before securing third place. “Right from the first lap I had a major warning that made me think,” said the championship leader. “I narrowly avoided a crash, and I told myself the race was going to be difficult. I concentrated on keeping the fastest pace possible by staying with the riders ahead of me. After my fall at Silverstone, I had to get back on track.” Xavi Vierge had a positive weekend, finishing eighth, as he did in June in the Netherlands. For a long time sixth, the Catalan unfortunately missed a gear in the last laps, leaving Navarro and Binder to use it to their advantage and overtake him. On the Tech 3 Moto2 side, Marco Bezzecchi fell at the start of the race and Philipp Oettl finished twenty-third. In MotoGP, Hafizh finished fifteenth, just ahead of Miguel Oliveira. Victim of a fall early in the race when he could have made the top ten, the Portuguese rider managed to return to the track in last position and almost scored points.
In making it back to the podium, Alex Marquez keeps first place in the overall Moto2 standings with more than one victory ahead of Augusto Fernandez, the winner in Misano. Thanks to his eighth place, Xavi Vierge has moved up a position. He is now thirteenth with 53 points. Hafizh Syahrin keeps his twenty-fourth place with six points while Miguel Oliveira is now eighteenth one point behind Andrea Iannone and Johan Zarco.
After four withdrawals in a row, Xavi Vierge made it to the chequered flag of the British Grand Prix. The Spaniard even ranked in the top ten.
“My goal was to finish the race, I’m happy to have achieved that, even though the result was not the one I was hoping for.” At the arrival of the British Grand Prix, Xavi Vierge was positive. “I had to get back on track after four withdrawals in a row. I may have been a little too careful at the start of the race, but I really wanted to avoid any problems.” Leading the way after clinching his third pole position of the season, Álex Márquez seemed capable of chalking up another victory. Unfortunately the Marc VDS rider fell during the sixth lap while he was ahead of Jorge Navarro. “I made a mistake, I admit, but it’s the first of the season,” explained the former Moto3 world champion. “We must learn from it and come back to earth. Things may have been a little too easy for me lately. I am sorry for the team who once again did a great job this weekend; I’ll do my best to redeem myself in the next race at Misano.”The KTM Tech 3 riders also missed out on the Silverstone circuit. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira was hit early in the race by Johann Zarco while he could have made the top ten once again. Hafizh Syarhin managed to score points, something he has not done since the Dutch Grand Prix, ranking thirteenth. “The pace wasn’t great, but after three falls in the last three races, I lacked confidence,” commented the Malaysian. In Moto2, Marco Bezzecchi complained about the grip of his machine. The Italian took the chequered flag in nineteenth position while Philipp Oettl was ranked twenty-fourth.
Despite his fall – his second Did Not Finish of the season – Alex Marquez is still the firm leader in the Moto2 rankings. The Marc VDS rider still has a thirty-five point lead over Augusto Fernandez. Xavi Vierge stays in fourteenth place. No change either for Marco Bezzecchi, still twenty-fourth with thirty-three points. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira has lost two spots and has dropped to seventeenth place. Hafizh Syahrin is now twenty-fourth with six points on the scoreboard.
By making it to the second step of the podium for the Austrian Grand Prix, Álex Márquez has considerably increased his lead in the Moto2 world championship.
Despite his worst qualifying session, and finding himself in eleventh position on the starting grid, Álex Márquez played his Austrian Grand Prix to perfection. “After the morning’s rain, we started out on a track that was still very tricky,” said the championship leader. “I managed to keep calm and wait my time for the comeback. I didn’t attack in the first three laps until I found my pace and then started to overtake.” After catching up with the top trio led by Binder, the Spaniard took advantage of the nearing finish and the falls of Marini and Bastianini to clinch the second step of the podium. “In the last two laps I was practically able to fight it out with Brad, but he was riding very fast and I was thinking about the championship,” Marquez continued. “I had to stay in second place and not take unnecessary risks.” Xavi Vierge was again forced to retire. While fighting it out with the front-runners, the Marc VDS rider crashed on the third lap, taking the Japanese Nagashima with him. At Tech 3, Philipp Oettl and Marco Bezzecchi crossed the finish line in twenty-second and twenty-third positions. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira confirmed his progress behind the handlebars of the KTM RC16. Thirteenth on the starting grid, the Portuguese rider even scored his first top ten, placing eighth just sixteen seconds behind the winner. Hafizh Syahrin fell at the start of the race.
With his new podium, the seventh since the beginning of the year, Álex
Márquez has increased his overall lead. The leader of the championship is now
forty-three points ahead of Tom Lüthi. By chalking up his fourth Did Not Finish
in a row, Xavi Vierge has lost another place. He is now fourteenth. The same
punishment has been meted out to Marc Bezzecchi who is now placed twenty-fourth.
In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira has won three places. The KTM Tech 3 rider has
climbed to fifteenth place in the overall category, while Hafizh Syahrin
remains in twenty-fifth place despite his new fall.
After three weeks of summer break, Álex Márquez started racing again at top speed. The Spanish rider won in the Czech Republic after going it alone once again, and consolidated his position as leader of the Moto2 world championship.
“I wanted to attack the second half of the championship the way I finished the first.” Álex Márquez was true to his word: as in Germany last month, the rider of the Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS team outclassed his opponents on the Brno circuit. Pole position, victory and lap record! “A perfect race, like in a dream,” he commented. “The key to the result was the work we did during the warm-up, focusing on worn tires. It allowed me to attack from the very first lap and then to control my lead.” His teammate was less inspired. Badly placed on the starting grid, Xavi Vierge fell at the very start of the race in his rush to make his way through the pack. The Spaniard still managed to get back in the saddle and take the checkered flag in twenty-fourth position. On the side of the KTM Tech 3 team, Marco Bezzecchi had his best race of the season after qualifying for the second row of the starting grid. “Starting in front helped me,”admitted the Italian who crossed the finish line of the Moto2 race in twelfth place. Philipp Oettl, who has been absent for three races after a concussion, finished the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic in twenty-third place. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira started racing again on the right foot. “We had a good race despite the difficult conditions,” confided the Portuguese rider, who was thirteenth. “The bad weather didn’t help us in tuning the bike, and the end of the race was complicated in terms of tyre management. So finishing by scoring points was a just reward.” Hafizh Syahrin also thought he’d score some points, but he unfortunately fell while fighting it out with Alex Espargaro when he was in thirteenth position.
By winning his fifth victory of the season and giving the Marc VDS team the hundredth podium in its history, Álex Márquez also increased his lead over Tom Lüthi in the overall classification to thirty-three points. Xavi Vierge has slipped back to thirteenth place in the championship. Although his twenty-third position has not changed, Marco Bezzecchi now has ten points on his counter. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira remains in eighteenth position with eighteen points. Despite his fall, Hafizh Syarhin has kept his twenty-fifth place overall.
Álex Márquez has quickly turned the page after his unfortunate results in the Netherlands. After winning in Germany, the former Moto3 world champion has recovered the first place in the Moto2 overall classification.
Mowed down by Baldassari’s motorcycle in Assen, Álex Márquez did not hang around before getting back in the saddle. At Sachsenring, and although the circuit that has never been one of his favourites, the Marc VDS rider began by chalking up his first pole position of the season and the next day won his fourth victory in five races, once again riding in the lead. “I did not think I had the pace to escape,” he says. “I especially wanted to save my tires for the last laps. I thought I might make it to the podium, but winning is even better. Once again the team did a good job this weekend, especially after the technical problems we had on Saturday morning. Finishing the first half of the championship on a good note makes me really happy of course.” Xavi Vierge once again had little success. While in fifth place and on his way to for the podium, the Catalan rider fell after being harried by Tom Lüthi. On the Tech 3 side with Philipp Öttl still absent, Marco Bezzecchi finished nineteenth behind Nicolo Bulega. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira compromised his chances of scoring points by falling right at the start of the race. The KTM rider still managed to start off again and recorded excellent lap times allowing him to take the chequered flag in eighteenth position, two places behind Hafizh Syahrin who once again failed to score any points. Note also Hector Garzo’s superb fourth place at the finish of the first round of the new FIM MotoE World Cup. Kenny Foray crossed the line in 14th position.
By winning in Germany, Álex Márquez has taken control of the Moto2 world championship with an eight-point lead over Tom Lüthi. Despite having to retire, Xavi Vierge stays in twelfth place overall. Marco Bezzecchi has slipped to the twenty-third place. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira remains eighteenth while Hafizh Syahrin has lost a place. Midway through the Championship, the Malaysian rider is twenty-fifth with three points.
Tenth at the finish of the Grand Prix of the Netherlands, in Assen Marco Bezzecchi scored his first points in Moto2. A fair reward for the Italian rider who has never given up.
If the adaptation to the KTM chassis and the Moto2 category has been somewhat painstaking, Marco Bezzecchi has never lost courage since the opening of the championship. The Italian, who was still running after his first points, had his best race of the season in the Netherlands, finishing tenth hot on the heels of Dominique Aegerter. “I’m really happy with this result,” said the championship rookie. “Especially since the race was very difficult because of the wind. Several times I thought I was going to get blown off the bike. But I hung on and have been rewarded. I hope this result will now allow me to change gears.” Still suffering from his injury, Philipp Öttl was absent in the Netherlands. In MotoGP too, the KTM Tech 3 riders gained the spotlights by all scoring points. Miguel Oliveira ranked thirteenth and Hafizh Syahrin fifteenth. A performance that is all the more remarkable in that all the KTM riders had to struggle on one of the most physical circuits of the championship. Success was not on the side of the team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS. While they were leading the race and hoping for a fourth straight victory, Alex Marquez found himself in the gravel after being hit by Baldassari’s bike two laps from the finish. “This type of incident can unfortunately happen,” commented the Spaniard.“That’s racing. We have to remain positive; the fall was not due to a mistake, we have nothing to reproach ourselves. The goal for the next race in Germany will be to recover control of the championship.” Xavi Vierge, who qualified for the first row of the starting grid, also fell after snagging with Augusto Fernandez’s bike when he was on his way to a place on the podium.
After Jerez, for the second time of the season, Álex Márquez scored no points in Assen. The Marc VDS rider has backpedalled as a result and is now in second place of the overall classification six points behind Tom Lüthi. Xavi Vierge has also lost a place and has dropped back to twelfth place. Marco Bezzecchi made his entry into the overall classification with his first six points. The Tech 3 rider is now in twenty-second position. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira is now eighteenth while Hafizh Syahrin has climbed to twenty-fourth place.
By clocking up his third victory in a row, Álex Márquez took control of the Moto2 world championship on his Catalan home turf. An excellent operation for the Spanish rider.
Since the 2014 season, after which Tito Rabat was crowned Moto2 World Champion, no other Spanish rider has managed to win three races in a row. Can Álex Márquez see a sign? “It’s way too early to think about the title,” he replies. “Let’s continue to work as we have done since the start of the season, and stay focused. The season is still long.” He may be cautious in his statements, but Álex Márquez has nonetheless strung together three remarkable victories in Le Mans, Mugello and Barcelona. In front of the Catalan public, the Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS rider fought it out with Tom Lüthi before breaking away from his opponent five laps from the finish. “The race was difficult to control because the track was very slippery,” says Márquez. “But I did it and I’m as happy as I can be because I find myself at the top of the overall standings.” Twentieth on the starting grid, Xavi Virgo rode a very good comeback to finish in eighth place. “We got lost in the settings on Saturday afternoon,” says the Catalan. “But we were back on the right track on Sunday morning and that allowed me to make the comeback.” On the side of the Tech 3 KTM team, Marco Bezzecchi was ranked 23rd while Philipp Oettl was unable to take the start because of a crash in the during the practice test sessions that caused a concussion. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira crossed the checkered flag in twelfth position despite the fact that he rode off the track at the beginning of the race to avoid the collision between the Aprilias of Bradley Smith and Aleix Espargaro. Hafyzh Syahrin fell foul to an engine failure that forced him to retire.
Thanks to his third victory in a row, Álex Márquez has made it to the first place in the Moto2 overall standings. The Spaniard now leads Tom Lüthi by seven points. No change for Xavi Vierge, still eleventh now with thirty-nine points. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira has moved up two places. He is now seventeenth with twelve points, only four away from Johann Zarco. Hafizh Syarhin has dropped back to twenty-fifth place.
In the wake of his victory at Le Mans, Álex Márquez won a second race in a row, this time in Italy. A series that has allowed the Spaniard to return to second place in the overall standings, two points behind the leader.
Álex Márquez is definitely back on track. No matter he had not won since the Japanese Grand Prix 2017, in France and Italy the former Moto3 world champion chalked up two wins in a row. In 2014, then on the road to his title, he achieved the same performance by winning in Barcelona and Assen. “I rode the race I needed,” said the Marc VDS rider. “I was smart enough to wait, and managed the situation by letting Lüthi and Schrotter ride in front at the start of the race. And when I overtook them I got back into the pace I had this morning in the warm-up. The strategy worked. Little by little I consolidated my lead. I am very pleased because the team has done a great job again. Last year we had trouble adjusting the bike to this circuit. This year we’ve had two wins in a row, but we must not slacken. Let’s continue to work like we’re doing because the championship is still very long.” Victim of a collision at the start of the race with Lecuona and Di Giananntonio, Vierge managed to climb back from from sixteenth to twelfth place. “I lost my pace in the second part of the race,” lamented Márquez’ teammate. Tech 3 side, Philipp Oettl and Marco Bezzecchi had dribbling problems and had to settle for 21e and 23th positions on the finish line. In MotoGP, Oliveira and Syahrin were no happier. The Portuguese rider suffered from a lack of power control and finished sixteenth, while the Malaysian, who showed encouraging signs of progress during the practice test sessions, had to give up after several heavy slides forward that put an end to his ambitions for this race.
With two wins in a row, Álex Márquez returns to second place in the overall Moto2 standings just two points behind leader Lorenzo Baldassari. Xavi Vierge remains in eleventh position. For Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Oettl, the points counter still reads zero. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira has lost a place, slipping from eighteenth to nineteenth. Hafizh Syarhin has lost two and is now twenty-third.