Sam Lowes translated his fifth pole of the season into victory with a cool, calm and dominant performance in the Moto2 Aragon Grand Prix.

The Gresini rider briefly lost first to race rival Alex Marquez before pulling away with the fastest consistent pace to finished solo and untroubled out front, winning by a gap of over three seconds and giving his own title dreams a glimmer of hope.

Marquez held firm in second despite a late challenge from his rapidly approaching Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Team mate Franco Morbidelli, with Marquez translating a best ever qualifying into a first ever Moto2 podium finish in second.

Mobidelli had to settle for third to finish the podium and compete a great result for the Belgian team.

Tom Luthi found the pace that had eluded him in qualifying for fourth for Interwetten while Taka Nakagami could not quite make it back to the rostrum this time, finishing fifth for Idemitsu.

The battle featuring the lead title rivals Alex Rins and Johann Zarco was next to find the finishing line. After suffering with a collarbone injury earlier in the season and then gastroenteritis entering the Aragon weekend the home rider recovered enough to battle his way up to sixth after qualifying down in 13th.

The Paginas Amarillas HP40 Pons rider forced his way back past Lorenzo Baldasarri to take the position, with the Forward rider also putting in a great effort to reward his team for their complete rebulid of his Kalex following a huge warm-up smash.

Reigning champion Johann Zarco had contact, which almost caused a fall from his Ajo Motorsport machine, on the opening lap. The Frenchman never really got back into race mode and finished eighth, cutting his title lead to just one point.

The Frenchman picked up a place when he overtook Simone Corsi, the top Speed Up man being pushed back to ninth in the process.

Jonas Folger ruined his own chances of more points after a dramatic run wide early in the race, the Dynavolt Intact GP rider an eventual tenth.

Just outside of a top ten finish were Xavier Simeon for QMMF, who caught Italtrans man Mattia Pasini into twelfth.

Sandro Cortese brought the second Dynavolt bike home in 13th, Hafizh Syahrin took 14th for Petronas Raceline Malaysia and Marcel Schrotter grabbed 15th and the final point for AGR Team.

Steven Odendaal finished 18th fresh from his CEV Moto2 championship win with AGR which earned him the chance to ride in Moto2 for the team on a third entry.

Wild-card Tetsuta Nagashima crossed the line in 23rd for the Ajo Motorsport Academy, while Alan Techer fared less well, crashing out on his NTS machine with 13 laps remaining.

Danny Kent pulled in to the pits with 16 laps remaining, with a rear tyre pressure issue. That meant there were no Leopard finishers in the points as Miguel Oliveira took no part after breaking his collarbone in his clash with Morbidelli in practice.

 

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