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Folger takes second Moto2™ race win of 2015

 Folger takes second Moto2™ race win of 2015

AGR Team’s Jonas Folger takes a controlled victory ahead of Johann Zarco and Tito Rabat after a dramatic last corner clash in Jerez.

Folger took the lead from Rabat with 17 laps to go, and didn’t look back as he created a gap at the front of the pack, going on to take his second race win of the season by 1.931s, to add to his victory in Qatar. As Folger was controlling the race at the front, the real action was taking place behind him in the battle for the last two podium places.

Pole sitter Rabat led the race throughout the early stages and looked nailed-on for a comfortable second with only a couple of laps to go. The reigning Moto2™ Champion saw his tyres dramatically drop off at the end, and suddenly found himself falling into the grasp of Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Alex Rins and the charging Johann Zarco on the Ajo Motorsports Kalex, who had started from 9th on the grid and made his way up to fourth.

Rins and Zarco dramatically closed the gap on the last lap, and approaching turn 13, it was clear they would make a move on Rabat, who at this point was sliding all over the place. Rins attempted a move up the inside, before making contact with Rabat and falling into the gravel trap, eventually remounting to finish in 18th.

Zarco (+1.931s) saw his chance and snatched second from under his compatriots nose in the drag to the line (making contact in the process), while Rabat (+2.222s) had to settle for third and 16 Championship points.

Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi (+6.833s) rode a strong race to finish in a lonely fourth, over four seconds ahead of Xavier Simeon on the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex in fifth.

Franco Morbidelli finished in sixth, ahead of Rin’s teammate Luis Salom (7th), Simone Corsi (8th) and Alex Marquez (9th).

Marcel Schrotter completed the top ten, less than two-tenths of a second ahead of Julian Simon (11th). The Spaniard making a brilliant recovery after he was forced to start at the back of a grid due to receiving a penalty form Race Direction for being 2kg under the weight limit during Qualifying.

Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes finished in 20th place, having started the race from the second row; as he struggled with grip levels from the word go.

Johann Zarco (72pts) now has a 16-point lead at the top of the Moto2™ World Championship standings over Jonas Folger (57pts), with Alex Rins in third on 49 points.

Check out the full Moto2™ race results.

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Moto2, 2015, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Johann Zarco, Jonas Folger, Tito Rabat

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