The intermediate class got to close the show at Silverstone and did so in style, with a last lap all-Spanish showdown for victory. Experience paid off in the end, Augusto Fernandez taking a third consecutive victory to become the new championship leader, but Alonso Lopez was a formidable opponent all the way to the line, before settling for a well-deserved first podium in Moto2. Jake Dixon’s early struggles left him out of victory contention but he recovered to take the final podium position on home soil.
Despite his day ending with victory, Fernandez did not spend much time at the front, with Joe Roberts robbing him off the line and then Ai Ogura attacking for the lead at the end of the Hangar Straight. Lopez then came through from 8th on the grid to take control of proceedings by the start of the second lap, ahead of Ogura, Roberts and Fernandez, with Albert Arenas, Dixon and Aron Canet close behind. Celestino Vietti was getting ready to relinquish the lead in the championship after a sluggish start at the bottom of the top ten and a long lap penalty still to come.
Lopez built an early advantage of half a second over the first three laps, with Ogura, Roberts and Fernandez holding station behind the leader, while Canet was on a move early on, up to 5th after swiftly getting past Arenas and Dixon. The Spaniard was not to be stopped and soon after he picked up Roberts and Fernandez to join the provisional podium positions, six tenths behind Lopez and Ogura. Meanwhile, Vietti served his penalty on lap four and, after saving a crash on the long lap loop, he rejoined in 12th position and was quick to knock on the doors of the top 10, aided by an early tumble for Cameron Beaubier.
Back at the front, Lopez had a half second advantage by the time Canet became his main rival, having gotten past Ogura at Stowe corner. However, Canet was slow to bridge the gap to the leader and still had Ogura and Fernandez on his tail. Another half second behind, Dixon was pushing to join the victory battle and managed to tag along by lap nine, dropping Arenas. Tony Arbolino led Roberts another second and a half behind, while Vietti was down in ninth, five and a half seconds behind the leader.
The leader himself was pretty untroubled, picking up the pace to extend his advantage to a full second by the end of lap 10. The foursome behind him were a little more entertaining, Fernandez keeping Canet busy while Dixon was challenging Ogura, but the shenanigans between them didn’t help them bridge the gap to the runaway leader. On the other hand, there was no challenge from behind once Arenas crashed out at turn four with eight laps remaining, the incident also sending Arbolino wide and out of the top 10.
Lopez finally started to drop a few tenths here and there with six laps remaining and it was mostly down to the hot pace set by Fernandez behind him. Once he got in the lead of the chasing group, the poleman extended a one second gap over the rest of the pursuers with ease, hunting down his compatriot for the remaining handful of laps and leaving Dixon, Canet and Ogura to decide the final podium position. Fernandez sniffed around Lopez until the final lap, but the youngster defended admirably to start that last lap ahead by a mere nine thousandths of a second. Fernandez had to wait until Brooklands to make a move stick, but it was timed to perfection to secure victory by seven hundredths of a second. Dixon closed the gap somewhat on the final lap, after he finally dropped Canet, who faded on the last lap and allowed Ogura to claim fourth.
Vietti saved a sixth position in the end but had to surrender the lead in the world championship to the victorious Fernandez, the Spaniard now leading the way by 13 points from Ogura. Vietti drops to third, 15 points behind, with Canet a more sizeable 44.
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