Emilia Romagna Moto2: Lowes wins, Fernandez crashes out
Sam Lowes, Marc VDS Racing Team © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Sam Lowes, Marc VDS Racing Team

Ajo KTM rider Fernandez trailed teammate Gardner by nine points coming into Sunday’s Misano race, and was on course to take the championship lead when he crashed out of the lead on lap 15.

Poleman Sam Lowes took the lead of the race at the start from Aspar’s Aron Canet and Speed Up’s Jorge Navarro, while Fernandez was seventh and Gardner 12th.

Canet took the lead for the first time into the Quercia hairpin, while Navarro would demote the Marc VDS rider come the third tour.

Fernandez had worked his way to fourth by the second lap and on lap four moved into the podium places in third ahead of Navarro, as Lowes returned to the lead.

As Lowes stretched his lead to over seven tenths, Fernandez’s charge continued on Canet into Quercia to move into second and begin his assault on the lead.

A lap later the championship picture took a twist as Gardner collided with Honda Team Asia’s Somkiat Chantra into the Caro hairpin at Turn 14.

Gardner was eventually hit with a long-lap penalty by Race Direction on lap 15, while Fernandez capitalised on a mistake for Lowes on the previous tour to take the lead.

But just moments after Gardner was first notified of his penalty, Fernandez sensationally locked the front of his Ajo bike and suffered a fast crash into Quercia while leading.

Fernandez walked away unscathed, while Gardner lost no positions in seventh when he took his penalty.

At the front, Lowes ran wide on lap 18 at Quercia and allowed Canet into the lead, but carved past into Turn 2 a few laps later – the Briton having a big moment as he changed direction up the inside of the Aspar rider.

Lowes subsequently broke free of Canet to claim his first win of the season since April’s Doha GP.

Canet fell into the clutches of a late-charge from the sister Marc VDS Kalex of Augusto Fernandez, who had to serve a long lap penalty at the start of the race for blocking Canet in qualifying on Saturday.

Augusto Fernandez snatched second from Canet out of the final corner as the Aspar rider’s fuel-starved bike began to cut out to complete a Marc VDS 1-2 for the first time since 2017.

Canet held onto third from VR46 rider Celestino Vietti and Navarro, while Stefano Manzi got his Pons Kalex to the chequered flag in sixth.

Gardner came home seventh after a late crash for the sister VR46 bike of Marc Bezzecchi, with the Australian now 18 points clear of teammate Fernandez in the championship.

Gresini’s Fabio Di Giannantonio was eighth, with Honda Team Asia’s Ai Ogura and American Racing rider Marcos Ramirez rounded out the top 10. 

Emilia Romagna Moto2 - Race results:

122 Sam Lowes Kalex
237 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1.233
344 Arón Canet Boscoscuro B-21 1.400
413 Celestino Vietti Ramus Kalex 2.554
59 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro B-21 4.243
662 Stefano Manzi Kalex 5.198
787 Remy Gardner Kalex 14.261
821 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 15.868
979 Ai Ogura Kalex 18.905
1042 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 19.069
1175 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro B-21 19.675
1264 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 24.309
1396 Jake Dixon Kalex 26.777
1412 Thomas Luthi Kalex 34.699
1523 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 36.240
1654Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro B-21 37.590
1770 Barry Baltus NTS 37.899
1811 Nicolo Bulega Kalex 37.966
1924 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 50.787
207 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'02.974
72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex
97 Xavi Vierge Kalex
14 Tony Arbolino Kalex
27 Mattia Casadei Kalex
25 Raúl Fernández Kalex
40 Hector Garzo Kalex
10 Tommaso Marcon NTS
6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex
35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex
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