Sam Lowes took the lead on just the second lap of the race and never looked back, holding off a determined Jonas Folger in the Moto2 Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez.

The Gresini rider was able to pass Folger early on when the German ran wide at turn six, he then controlled the race from the front with a relentless pace which eventually saw him pull away over the final few laps.

He put a big part of his success down to the bike as it retains stability as the conditions change, seeing his times stay constant as the track gained heat.

Lowes lead by over three seconds at the start of the final lap but a wheelie of epic length in celebration saw him win by 2.480 seconds at the line.

It marks the first time a British rider has won races in successive seasons in the intermediate class since Chas Mortimer over the 1974/5 seasons. Lowes won in Texas in 2015.

The win also increases his championship lead to ten points over nearest rival Alex Rins.

Despite all his determination and scoring the best start Folger finished his day second for Dynovolt Intact GP, with Alex Rins a distant but secure third after working his way up to the front with some tough overtaking early in the race.

Neither Folger of Rins made it to parc ferme unaided, Folger took a scooter while Rins got help from Johann Zarco who pushed his bike along with his foot.

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli was guaranteed fourth when his nearest rival Lorenzo Baldassarri crashed out on the final lap, in a race where only nineteen riders saw the chequered flag.

Reigning champion Zarco was one of the major beneficiaries from all the falls, though his own move past Tom Luthi also aided his climb to fifth for Ajo Motorsport.

That pass left the Interwetten rider sixth, only just holding of Idemitsu's Taka Nakagami in the drag to the line, leaving the Japanese rider seventh.

Eighth went to CarXpert Interwetten man Dominique Aegerter, Ninth to SAG Team's Luis Salom and Xavier Simeon was the only Speed Up to finish taking a top ten finish for QMMF Racing.

Hafizh Syahrin took the chequered flag in eleventh for Petronas Raceline Malaysia, Mattia Pasini twelfth for Italtrans and Isaac Vinales (Tech 3) was the top of the Moto2 rookies in 13th.

Jesko Raffin took his first world championship points in 14th for Sports-Millions_EMWE_SAG and all the Interwetten bikes finished in the points with Robin Mulhauser in 15th.

The only other riders to finish the race were Luca Marini who worked back to 16th after a fall, Baldassarri in 17th after his last lap crash, wild-card Federico Fuligni who took 18th for Team Ciatti and Tasca Racing's Alessandro Tonucci in 19th.

The first fall came on lap one when Ratthapark Wilairot and Xavi Vierge came off together at thurn five, Birthday bot Simone Corsi only lasted one lap longer before leaving the race at turn two.

The same turn also claimed Alex Marquez, Luca Marini and Sandro Cortese in quick succession.

Leopard rider Danny Kent followed shortly after at turn six from 15th place. Kent had been demoted a grid place to sixteenth for riding slowly on track.

Axel Pons, who shone at the track in testing was next to leave the race with 21 laps remaining, five laps later Marcel Schrotter slid out of ninth place at the final corner. The German rejoined only to crash again.

Miguel Oliveira looked to have the measure of Moto2 before losing the front end at turn four after climbing to sixth, with just six laps of the race remaining.

Edgar Pons and Julian Simon withdrew from the race before it started, Simon sustained a head trauma in his warm-up crash. Pons is still feeling the effects of his Hepatitis A infection.

 

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