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Gardner beats Fernandez on the last lap for first win of 2021
The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders duel for victory as Lowes crashes out and Bezzecchi completes the podium
Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took his first win of 2021 in the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, crossing the line millimetres ahead of teammate Raul Fernandez after passing the rookie earlier on the last lap. It’s the second closest finish in Moto2™ history. Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46) completed the podium after Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Team) was demoted a position for exceeding track limits on the final lap in their fight, and Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) crashed out from second.
The two Red Bull KTM Ajo riders were 1-2 from the off as Fernandez took the holeshot and Gardner moved up into second, and Lowes dropping a few places. Fernandez then began to get his head down and slowly streak clear of Gardner, with Lowes clawing his way back up to the back wheel of the Australian. The trio had stretched clear of the chasing pack, and the Brit passed Gardner for P2 on Lap 10 after a quality exchange between the two.
Fernandez’s lead was up to 1.9s at one point, but Lowes and Gardner reeled the rookie in, with the number 22 getting to within 0.8s. Then a costly crash at Turn 8 ended Lowes’ race with six laps to go. Gardner kept homing in though and with three laps remaining, it was clear the Australian would be able to create a chance against his teammate. On the last lap, Gardner struck at Turn 10 and fended off Fernandez on the drag to the line to win his first race of 2021, extending his lead to six points ahead of Round 7.
Bezzecchi’s podium is his third in a row, and one that keeps him P3 in the title race. Roberts was disappointed with P4 after crossing the line third, but it was a great ride from the American. Marcel Schrötter’s (Liqui Moly Intact GP) fifth place is his best finish of the year, rookies Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Tony Arbolino (Liqui Moly Intact GP) and Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) – from 26th on the grid – claim impressive results in P6, P7 and P8 respectively.
Hafizh Syahrin (NTS RW Racing GP) took P9 in the Malaysian’s best result of the season and NTS’ second best result ever, and Stefano Manzi (Flexbox HP40) rounded out the top 10. Aron Canet (Kipin Energy Aspar Team) only just held off incredible debutant Fermin Aldeguer (MB Conveyors Speed Up) as they took P11 and P12, with Hector Garzo (Flexbox HP40), Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) completing the points.
The Moto2™ riders will be back in action next weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
More, from a press release issued by Italtrans Racing:
Joe Roberts is third at Mugello but is demoted one position.
Unlucky Italian Grand Prix for Lorenzo Dalla Porta.
A bittersweet Italian Grand Prix for Italtrans Racing Team, but also a tragic Sunday for the whole MotoGP family following the passing of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier.
The sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship at Mugello ended with the amazing third position for Joe Roberts. Starting 10th on the grid the American rider managed to recover quickly and set a good pace that allowed him to finish in the top three. Unfortunately, a few moments after the chequered flag he was demoted one position for exceeding track limits in the last lap. The fourth final position is the awareness of the great potential shown together with the whole team.
Unlucky home GP for Lorenzo Dalla Porta. Yesterday he set his best qualifying in Moto2 with the 11th position and today the Tuscan rider could have fought in the top ten, but he crashed in the first lap.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta
“I’m really sorry about today. I was sure I could have a good race. There were all the markings to do well and fight in the top ten, but I crashed. Now let’s think about Barcelona with the knowledge that we can fight for the top positions”.
“We got the podium, but I touched the green and the race direction demoted me one position. Let’s take the positive things: we had a strong race after a difficult crash on Friday. This is a tough day for MotoGP because of Jason’s passing: my heart and thoughts are with his family and friends”.
Giovanni Sandi, Technical Director
“It was a real shame about today. Joe had a great race: he started well and made a good comeback, then he was demoted one position on the last lap for exceeding track limits. I’m very sorry for Lorenzo too. Today he could have shown his potential and had a high-level race. I hope we will be luckier in Barcelona”.
More, from a press release issued by American Racing Team:
Determined Cameron Beaubier delivers career-best Moto2 finish in Italy
Disappointment for American Racing teammate Marcos Ramirez at Mugello
SCARPERIA, Italy (May 30, 2021) — Cameron Beaubier continues to forge a path to the front in his FIM Moto2 World Championship debut season. On Sunday at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, the 28-year-old Californian worked his way from the ninth row of the starting grid to a career-best eighth at the checkers.
Beaubier’s American Racing teammate, Marcos Ramirez, likewise was poised for a top 10 finish at the sixth round of the championship in the picturesque Italian countryside, but the 23-year-old Spaniard crashed, unhurt, in the closing laps.
Downfield after three 40-minute practices at the 15-turn, 3.26-mile track, Ramirez and Beaubier were consigned to Qualifying 1 on Saturday. Light rain fell early in the 15-minute session, but, like the rest of the field, both riders stayed out on Dunlop slicks.
Ramirez’s third lap, a 1:52.006, was third quickest, and the second-year intermediate-class rider advanced to Q2 with three others. The best lap that Beaubier managed in the tricky conditions was a 1:53.008, 12th overall.
Conditions worsened in Q2, with moisture beginning to dampen the track. Ramirez ran as high as fourth, but he slipped to 16th at the end of the 15-minute session.
For the race, ambient temperature was 69 degrees Fahrenheit, with the sun-warmed track surface two degrees into triple digits. Ramirez and Beaubier started well from 14th and 25th on the grid, bolting into 11th and 18th after the first of 21 laps.
Ramirez moved into the top 10 by Lap 6 and eighth on Lap 16. Beaubier, who last raced at Mugello in 2009 on a 125cc two-stroke, advanced one and sometimes two places each lap. Engaged in a seven-rider battle, the five-time MotoAmerica Superbike champion drafted ex-MotoGP racer Hafizh Syahrin at the finish for eighth.
KTM Ajo rider Raul Fernandez earned his second consecutive pole position. Fernandez’s teammate, Remy Gardner, narrowly won the race ahead of Fernandez and continues to lead the championship points standings.
“That was a tough but positive weekend for Cam,” said American Racing Team Race Director John Hopkins. “Hard work and determination from him and his team definitely paid off. Marcos has been starting to show his true talent and potential. He seemed to have a top eight finish in the bag, but sadly crashed with a few laps to go. Even though it was a bittersweet end to the weekend, we are confident that we will see both riders finishing within the top 10 in the near future.”
Before the start of the MotoGP race, the paddock observed a minute of silence in memory of Jason Dupasquier. The 19-year-old Swiss rider died from injuries sustained in an accident during Moto3 qualifying.
After six rounds, Beaubier is 14th in the championship standings. Ramirez is 20th. Round 7 of the FIM Moto2 World Championship, the Grand Prix of Catalunya, is June 4-6 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
About the American Racing Team
The American Racing Team is owned by Avner Kass and Eitan Butbul and competes in the FIM MotoGP World Championship. Based in California, the team fields two riders in the Moto2 class: American Cameron Beaubier (No. 6) and Spaniard Marcos Ramirez (No. 42). American Racing has grown under Butbul’s guidance and is a respected member of the MotoGP paddock.