Marc VDS man Alex Marquez extended his lead atop the Moto2 World Championship to 33 points after a win was coupled with Tom Luthi crashing out of the Czech Grand Prix in Brno.
Starting from pole position, Marquez got a good start, but it was Sam Lowes who led the field into the first corner. The Spaniard however, wasted little time in moving under the Brit and in turn three took the lead.
Marquez put a second into Lowes in the first lap and it wasn’t long until Fabio Di Giannantonio moved past the Gresini man in second. The Italian kept Marquez honest, with the gap remaining constant around a second through the first half of the race.
However, once the midway point of the race was met, Marquez started pulling away. A tenth a lap, soon saw the lead grow to two seconds, and despite the odd lap that saw Di Giannantonio pull a tenth or two home, Marquez was in total control, eventually crossing the line three seconds ahead of the Speed Up man.
Marquez’ win, combined with Luthi’s crash, means that he now leads the World Championship by 33 points after winning his fifth race of the last six, with his only not win coming after being taken out in Assen.
Enea Bastianini claimed his first Moto2 podium after catching and overtaking Jorge Navarro on the final lap at the bottom of the hill, relegating the Speed Up man to fourth, with Luca Marini bringing his Sky Racing VR46 bike home in fifth.
Marcel Scrotter was sixth on his Dynovolt bike, ahead of Nico Bulega, Augusto Fernandez, Tetsuta Nagashima with Iker Lecuona rounding out the top ten. After a strong qualifying performance, Lorenzo Baldassarri struggled to eleventh place, ahead of the rookie duo of Marco Bezzecchi and Jorge Navarro, whilst Andrea Locatelli and Somkiat Chantra rounded out the point scorers.
It was another rough outing for Sam Lowes who lost the front end of his Gresini machine, crashing out in the middle of the race.