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27 days ago
By motogp.com

Bagnaia and Oliveira gear up for a battle of Britain

The Italian took back the lead in Austria, but it’s only three points in it

The Red Bull Ring gave us another Moto2™ race to remember, and this time it was Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) who took the points lead by taking the win. ‘Pecco’ just held off key rival Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and the gap at the top remains tiny: just three points going into the GoPro British Grand Prix. If the two have another duel, that could easily switch back – and both can take big positives from their current form.

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Free: Bagnaia vs Oliveira - The Championship duel!

For Oliveira, he may have lost the lead but the qualifying struggles that earlier plagued the Portuguese rider at some rounds now seem to be behind him. For Bagnaia, his earlier struggles with fitness after some falls are likewise a thing of the past – so it’s gloves off and game on.

Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46), meanwhile, is likewise on form. Alongside MotoGP™ points leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), he’s one of only two riders across all classes to have taken a podium in the last three races – and should be underestimated at his rivals’ own risk. Then there’s Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) who has pace at Silverstone, Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) was on the podium last season, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP 40), Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Fabio Quartararo (Speed Up Racing) – the list of names who are all sure to be in the mix can go on and on.

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Moto2™ Championship battle on the last lap in Austria

Another name to watch could be Sam Lowes (Swiss Innovative Investors). The Brit has a great record at Silverstone and will want to add to it. There hasn’t been a rostrum finish for the former WorldSSP Champion in 2018 so far, but the British GP is certainly a likely venue for Lowes to be back #OnIt.

Find out if he is on Sunday 26th August from the later time of 14:30 local (GMT +1) when the intermediate class go racing.

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