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A variety of riders have won races in Moto2™ this year, but Zarco’s consistency has him leading the championship as we head to Mugello.
Five races have seen four different race winners in Moto2™ as Thomas Luthi took the top step of the podium in Le Mans. This was the tenth career victory for the Swiss rider who is now boosted to second in the Championship. However, it is Johann Zarco with 89 points who comes to Mugello full of confidence. The French rider has only finished off the podium once this season, in Qatar, due to a technical problem. With the Moto2™ grid as close as ever it looks set to be a long and tight championship battle.
In France Tito Rabat continued to improve his 2015 Kalex claiming second position. Last year’s Italian GP saw the Spaniard claim pole and take victory and this year will make his 150th Grand Prix start. Rabat is the only rider in the class to have won at Mugello in the Moto2™ category.
It was a tough weekend in France for both Jonas Folger and Alex Rins. Folger, the only rider to take multiple Moto2™ victories this season, crashed out of contention and failed to score points for the second occasion this year. This inconsistency can be costly for championship hopes and a return to points at Mugello will be critical.
A career first pole for Alex Rins once again demonstrated that despite some doubts in his Moto3™ days, the Spaniard is a serious contender. A poor start and a crash while battling with Morbidelli and teammate Salom tarnished the weekend with Rins now failing to score points twice in a row.
Morbidelli gave fans an exciting race in France as the Italian showed just how aggressive he can be when battling with Rins and Salom. The exciting rider is looking forward to his home round and is Italy’s best hope of a home podium. Of the five races held so far, Morbidelli has finished fifth in all but one, where he finished in sixth.
Another Italian joins the grid for their home round as Mattia Pasini returns to Moto2™ to wild card with the Gresini team. Pasini claimed victory in the 250cc class at Mugello in 2009 but a series of mixed results in Moto2™ have left him without a ride this year. With nothing to lose Pasini could make the race interesting for other Moto2™ regulars as he attempts to impress teams and rejoin the grid full time.
Mugello is not just the home round for Italian riders, but also the Italian-made Speed Up bike. Sam Lowes leads their charge in fourth, just three points shy of double race winning Folger. 2014 saw the Brit take his first Moto2™ front row, he’ll be hoping to repeat the feat as the last two races have left him disappointed due to tyre choice and tyre issues.
Dominique Aegerter was one of many riders to make the jump from the Suter to Kalex, but the Swiss rider has so far struggled having scored just ten points. This is in contrast to his teammate Luthi who made a similar switch, yet has claimed a victory and a podium so far this season. Aegerter finished fifth at Mugello last year, one of his eight top five finishes that year.
The Gran Premio d'Italia TIM Moto2™ race takes place on May 31st at 12:20pm local time.
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