EbeneInfo – AU – Moto2 Portugal: Bastianini crowned champion, Gardner wins his first victory

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Enea Bastianini, engaged in MotoGP, won the 2020 Moto2 world title as Remy Gardner claimed his first victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix final

Italtrans ‘Bastianini, Marc VDS’ Sam Lowes and VR46 pair Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi entered the final round with 23 points – Bastianini late resisting tremendous pressure to clinch the title in fifth place

Marini got the second-place knockout on the grid, but lost his lead when he struck neutral at Turn 3, allowing Gardner and Bastianini to pass

Gardner’s early charge led him to open his gap to over a second after a handful of laps, while an injured Lowes passed Marini in lap four to move up to second

Meanwhile, Bastianini slid in order behind Bezzecchi, his teammate Marc VDS of Lowes Raul Fernandez and Jorge Martin of d’Ajo KTM

Gardner’s lead would be wiped out on lap eight, with Marini and Lowes advancing into Turn 1, the VR46 driver opening a 12s lead

Gardner revised Lowes on lap 13 in the first corner after the Briton made a mistake a few corners earlier as he apparently started to struggle with his injured wrist

Marini would start to come under pressure from Gardner in the later stages, as Lowes rallied to keep the pair in the lead at arm’s length

Bastianini continued to fight with Fernandez for fifth place and came under immense pressure in the later stages as Martin, Fernandez and Joe Roberts of American Racing moved closer to him

Gardner came to an agreement with Marini on lap 16 and pulled off his decisive pass inside Turn 3, with the SAG rider moving away a second to secure his first Moto2 victory and take the first Grand Prix victory for his family since his father at the GP of Great Britain 500cc in 1992

Marini has done all he can to keep his title hopes alive, but Valentino Rossi’s protégé – who will partner Bastianini at Avintia in MotoGP next year – ends the year in second, nine points delay

Lowes’ heroic effort ended with him on the bottom step of the podium and third in the standings tied on points with Marini, with Bezzecchi ultimately 21 points adrift of Bastianini after finishing the race fourth

Bastianini held off Martin in fifth, with Roberts, Fernandez, Lorenzo Baldassarri of Pons and Xavi Vierge of Petronas Sprinta completing the top 10

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EbeneInfo – AU – Moto2 Portugal: Bastianini crowned champion, Gardner wins his first victory

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/sport/formula1/moto2-portugal-bastianini-crowned-champion-gardner-takes-maiden-win/ar-BB1bfGYm

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