MotoGP Motegi: Quartararo wins as Bagnaia extends World Championship lead

Fabio Quartararo won his second ever Moto2 race, holding off Pecco Bagnaia as the Italian extended his lead in the Moto2 World Championship over Miguel Oliveira to 35 points with three races remaining.

The pole sitter Bagnaia got away well and tucked in behind Quartararo who got sensational drive off the line and the front two immediately started working to try and break away from the chasing pack. Bagnaia fought back and led the opening stages, but Quartararo then moved into the lead in the downhill 90-degree corner.

Within five laps they had a couple of second in the chasing pack, with the Italian happy to follow the Speed Up bike. Behind the front two, Lorenzo Baldassarri fought past the Dynovolt pair of Marcel Schrotter and Xavi Vierge to get to third, although the Pons man didn’t have the pace to close down on the leading duo.

Without much bar-to-bar racing out front, Bagnaia knew that he didn’t need to battle with the Frenchman for the victory, the Sky Racing VR46 man stayed extremely close to the 19-year-old should he make a mistake.

The Frenchman didn’t make any mistakes though, holding onto the lead to claim his second ever Moto2 win backing up his win from earlier in the year in Barcelona. Bagnaia was happy to sit in behind and take the all-important twenty points to extend his lead over Miguel Oliveira to 35 points.

Lorenzo Baldassarri enjoyed what proved to ultimately be a lonely race to third position finishing over five seconds ahead of Miguel Oliveira, who was disappointed to only finish in fourth place.

Alex Marquez fought through the pain barrier for fifth place on his Marc VDS Suter. Brad Binder was sixth on his Red Bull KTM with Augusto Fernandez in seventh. Xavi Vierge with eighth with Iker Lecuona and Luca Marini rounding out the top ten.

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