MotoGP Assen: Bagnaia extends Moto2 series lead

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Pecco Bagnaia extended his Moto2 World Championship lead from one to 16 points after a masterful lights-to-flag win at Assen’s MotoGP round.

After leading all free practice sessions and qualifying on pole position, the Italian was firm favourite for victory, and he delivered. After a perfect start, Bagnaia consistently banged out perfect laps to slowly edge away from the chasing field.

By half race distance the Sky Racing VR46 rider had grown his gap to two seconds, with the two-second cushion, the 21-year-old managed the gap to go on to claim his fourth win of 2018 by 1.7 seconds.

Behind Bagnaia the story was of Fabio Quartararo, with eight laps to go the Fenchman was down in eighth position battling with Miguel Oliveira when his Speed Up chassis starting coming to him. The Catalunya race winner started cutting through the field and fighting into the podium positions.

With three laps to go Quartararo passed Alex Marquez to jump into third position. Almost simultaneously second placed Lorenzo Baldassarri suffered a cruel rear puncture, which he managed to nurse back to the pit but his race was run. Quartararo held onto second position backing up his win last time out whilst Alex Marquez had to settle for third position.

Marcel Schrotter’s long awaited hunt for a Moto2 podium continued with the German finishing in fifth position, whilst Marquez’ Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team-mate Joan Mir was fifth.

Miguel Oliveira’s disastrous qualifying came back to haunt him as the Portuguese rider could only manage sixth position on his Red Bull Ajo KTM. His Ajo team-mate Brad Binder held of Luca Marini for seventh whilst Sam Lowes could only manage ninth with Andrea Locatelli rounding out the top ten.

Baldassarri did get a new rear tyre but ended up finishing the race a lap down and last of the runners in 26th position.

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