2019 Argentina Moto2 Race Result: A Clean Sweep

With two laps to go at the Termas de Rio Hondo track, Lorenzo Baldasarri swept to the front of the Moto2 race, opened a gap and held on Sunday to his second win of the season, giving him a perfect points haul for 2019.

Behind him, Remy Gardner made up for a late-race mistake at Turn 5 to seize his first Moto2 podium in second. Alex Marquez’s charge to the podium for earned him third after it appeared he was out of podium contention. Iker Lecuna took fourth to make up for a disastrous first race of the season in Qatar where he failed where he finished a single lap. 

Brad Binder made a hard late pass to swipe fifth from Marcel Schrotter (6th) who led the race early on. Luca Marini improved from 13th on the grid to take seventh one second in front of Jorge Navarro (8th). Enea Bastianini and Somkiat Chantra completed the top 10.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 39'46.000
2 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex +1.244
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex +1.817
4 27 Iker LECUONA KTM +2.704
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM +4.707
6 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex +4.839
7 10 Luca MARINI Kalex +4.986
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up +7.459
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex +8.724
10 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex +14.506
11 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex +16.145
12 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +16.450
13 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex +16.613
14 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS +23.007
15 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS +24.736
16 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM +25.381
17 96 Jake DIXON KTM +41.684
18 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM +45.545
19 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +45.811
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta +56.934
21 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM +1'07.765
22 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM +1'18.707
23 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 4 Laps
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  24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2 Laps
  88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 5 Laps
  11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 5 Laps
  21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 11 Laps
  22 Sam LOWES Kalex 18 Laps
  12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 18 Laps
  62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 22 Laps
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  97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 0 Lap
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I am really happy for both Gardners.

Why? Because as an Australian I remember how Wayne brought GP racing into the australian consciousness and into our lounge rooms and conversations. For both because the sacrifices made show how hard it is for a non european to succeed.

A comparison of the roads to the podium is revealing. Wayne made his name in production bikes and superbikes, relocating to GB in 1981 when he was an adult at 22ish to ride superbikes and later 500s. He made his GP debut, straight into 500s in 1983 and his first podium was in 85 on a NS triple.

Remy by comparison relocated to Spain in 2011 when he was about 13, made his GP debut in 2014 when he was 16 and has achieved his first Moto2 podium at 21. Stoner did something similarly challenging though starting in GB and without the support (and the heavy expectations generated) of a WC father. The Binders also went early from SA and stayed to compete.

The perseverence and committment shown by all riders is impressive, that of non southern european riders even more so.

I’d heard that Brad Binder had (deservedly IMHO) been demoted a place to sixth for at least one of his brusque moves. The official MotoGP site’s report didn’t mention it, saying he’d finished 5th but when you click on the ‘full result’ there he is in 6th!

There ain’t much more info on official sources so could anyone enlighten me where he was eventually placed?