Jonas Folger took a dominant victory Sunday at the Jerez circuit in Spain. In his second win of the year, Folger finished two seconds clear of the field. Johann Zarco grabbed second from and Tito Rabat (3rd) in a last-corner lead change that saw Alex Rins go down after hitting the rear of Rabat's bike.
Thomas Luthi finished a distant fourth while maintaining a five-second gap to Xavier Simeon (5th).
Franco Morbidelli took sixth, just in front of Luis Salom (7th), Simone Corsi (8th) and Alex Marquez (9th). Marquez, younger brother to MotoGP's Marc, had qualified in 17th. Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top ten
For Folger, it was a comfortable race. The German rider went to the front with 17 laps remaining and was never seriously threatened. But for current World Champion Rabat, the race was more eventful. After losing first place to Zarco, Rabat settled into a rhythm.
The chase pack reeled him in as the race moved to the final laps. Both Rins and Zarco caught Rabat on the final lap. When Rins made a dive for second place on the final corner, his front wheel clipped the rear of Rabat's bike, immediately sending the Moto2 rookie Rins down.
Rabat ran wide and Zarco took second. Zarco leads the 2015 championship.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|10||23||Marcel SCHROTTER||Tech 3||21.958|
|11||60||Julian SIMON||Speed Up||22.126|
|15||95||Anthony WEST||Speed Up||30.873|
|20||22||Sam LOWES||Speed Up||41.011|
|36||Mika KALLIO||Kalex||4 Laps|
|11||Sandro CORTESE||Kalex||12 Laps|
|88||Ricard CARDUS||Tech 3||14 Laps|
|49||Axel PONS||Kalex||21 Laps|
Happy for Jonas. That was a deserved win. He beat the field fair and square through sheer speed and dominance.
It may have been a bit boring to watch. But Rins made sure that the final few laps did not get too tedious. ;-)
Mike, any idea why Lowes ran so badly? Totally out of kilter with practice and qualifying.
In reply to Lowes by swiftnick
He was a bit vague on the
He was a bit vague on the topic, but in short he blamed the rear tyre, hinting that Dunlop might have handed him a bad tyre.
In reply to He was a bit vague on the by J_Archer
It made one hell of a difference then, he was running circa 2 secs a lap slower.
Whoops duplicate post :-(