2022 Barcelona Moto2 Race Result: Back To Winning Ways

The intermediate class served a rollercoaster of a race for the enthusiastic crowds in Catalunya and although it would have been the perfect opportunity to find out what’s the deal with Aron Canet’s bow tie, Celestino Vietti had other plans to secure a third victory of the season and regain an advantage in the title battle. The Italian’s last lap move placed him on the top step of the podium, but surrounded by Spanish flags, as he was accompanied by Canet and Augusto Fernandez.

The spotlight at the start of the 22-lap race was firmly on Jake Dixon, the British rider making a lightning start from the second row of the grid to lead the way ahead of Joe Roberts, Canet and poleman Vietti. However, it only took a couple more turns for Roberts to retrieve the lead, with Canet and Dixon in tow and a long queue of riders behind them. Roberts’ lead went unchallenged early on, the American holding onto a half second advantage over Canet, who in turn had that same gap over Dixon – the Aspar rider busy fending off Ai Ogura, Vietti, Fernandez and Marcel Schrotter. Alonso Lopez and Sam Lowes led the pursuit one second down the road, in a group also including the likes of Pedro Acosta and Tony Arbolino.

Back at the front, Roberts put the pace shown in practice to good use and extended a one second advantage by the end of lap seven, with Canet, Dixon and Arenas holding station and allowing the cameras to focus on the joint championship leaders fighting it off for fifth position. While entertaining, the exchanges between Vietti and Ogura dropped them half a second behind the podium battle and allowed Fernandez and Schrotter to join their party. Vietti seemed to have the upper hand in that fight, dropping Ogura one second back by lap nine, helped by Schrotter hounding the Japanese rider, as well as some early tyre struggles. After a fast start, Ogura seemed to be going backwards, quickly dropping behind Schrotter and into the clutches of Lowes.

Lap 10 brought on some drama at the front as well, when Dixon nudged Canet out of the way at turn 10 and while replays were still running, Roberts lost control at turn five, throwing away a comfortable victory. Dixon and Canet suddenly found themselves battling for a maiden win and Canet hit back at turn one, to lead with 10 laps to go, but with Vietti, Fernandez, Arenas and Schrotter sniffing around as well. Vietti in particular was a man on a mission, attacking Dixon at turn 10 with 8 laps remaining and setting off for leader Canet. Another lunge at turn 10 rewarded the Italian with the lead of the race heading into the final seven laps, but Canet slipstreamed past at turn one a couple of laps later, while Dixon, Fernandez and Schrotter were biding their time just behind, dropping Arenas out of podium contention.

Canet started the penultimate lap with a slender advantage of one tenth of a second and a predictable attack from Vietti came at turn 10, but Canet hit back at turn one, at the start of the final lap. Canet did his best to take a tight defensive line at turn 10 but Vietti still found a gap on the exit to take his third win of the season and deny the Spaniard victory on home soil. Right behind that battle, Fernandez robbed Dixon at turn 12 to take third and add another Spanish flag to the podium. Dixon had to settle for fourth, with Schrotter not quick enough to challenge for anything better than fifth. After fading from the podium battle in the final few laps, Arenas retired with a mechanical issue and a crash from Lowes with three laps remaining left sixth place up for grabs in a late battle between Acosta, Ogura and Lopez. The rookie came out on top, but Ogura presumably appreciated the unexpected gift from Arenas and Lowes, as it saved him some points in the world championship. The incidents also allowed Manuel Gonzalez and Tony Arbolino to join the top 10, despite a long lap penalty for the Italian.

Vietti’s victory allows him to extend a 16-point advantage over Ogura in the championship standings, with Canet in third, 24 points back, and Fernandez promoted to fourth, with a 37-point deficit.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 38:42.9580
2 40 Aron Canet Kalex 0.081
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 0.522
4 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 0.646
5 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1.470
6 51 Pedro Acosta Kalex 6.298
7 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 6.320
8 21 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 7.229
9 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 10.746
10 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 12.056
11 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 12.614
12 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 13.206
13 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 18.335
14 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 18.495
15 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 19.894
16 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 21.721
17 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 22.269
18 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 22.513
19 28 Niccolň Antonelli Kalex 36.869
20 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 37.020
21 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 38.420
22 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 45.612
23 74 Piotr Biesiekirski Kalex 47.326
24 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 54.598
Not Classified
  22 Sam Lowes Kalex 33:29.4390
  75 Albert Arenas Kalex 33:28.1410
  61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 27:36.1370
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 17:33.7650
  6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 07:10.6610
  12 Filip Salac Kalex 05:22.6560
  55 Alex Toledo Kalex 03:39.8280
Round Number: 
9
2022
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Comments

... if he hadn't run wide on the last lap. But yes, a good race for him. Actually, a good race period. Far better than the usual Moto 2 snooze-fest.

I thought...agh ! But very quickly realised a 4th, a 5th, a 6th etc is better than another..A..Nother...dnf. The lads got speed, just build...build..build. Same for Canet. Yes he lost the win on the last lap but that was much better.

That turn 5 washout was.... Disappointing! That corner took a few riders out several races. That was a great chance missed.