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Seesawing Moto2™ Championship arrives in Mugello

Seesawing Moto2™ Championship arrives in Mugello

Just when one rider appeared to have the edge, his rivals bounced right back and cut it down bringing it back to even.

The French GP was a mixed weekend for most riders, practice saw several emerge as early favourites but none were able to deliver on race day. Eyes were on Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) to deliver a strong weekend after signing a deal to ride in the MotoGP™ World Championship with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 but his weekend was filled with crashes. Instead if was Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) who left France with the winner’s trophy in hand.

With victory came the championship lead, Rins surpassing rival Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) by five points. Having struggled all weekend, the Brit took sixth, unable to even challenge for the podium. Both Lowes and Rins have had their good weekends and their bad weekends, the playing field remaining almost always equal throughout the early part of the year. They now head to Mugello where neither rider has won before. Of the two Lowes has the best intermediate class record in Mugello, pole in 2015 helping him to take fourth place in the race. Their battle for the title doesn't look to be cooling off anytime soon.

Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) took second at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM in 2015 behind Tito Rabat, the Frenchman out for redemption with a similar result after a terrible home weekend. Crashing in the race was not how he wanted to celebrate racing at home as a World Champion for the first time, not only disappointing himself but also losing valuable championship points. The Frenchman is 31 points behind Rins in the championship, ground to be made up.

Zarco’s loss was Tom Luthi’s (Garage Plus Interwetten) gain as the Swiss rider moved up to third in the championship. With his incredible record in France, many were expecting a lot more out of Luthi who finished third after a mid-race dip in performance. Now Luthi prepares to keep his title hopes alive, currently 18 points behind Rins, by securing a strong finish in Mugello, a track where he has DNFed in both 2014 and 2015.

While Luthi may not have delivered on expectations, Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) continues to go above and beyond. Spending the entirety of 2015 without a podium, the change to Speed Up machinery has given the Roman a much-needed boost. France saw him take second place, his best result since the French GP in 2014. Many riders might overlook Corsi in Mugello, but he’s had four top ten finishes there during his time in Moto2™.

Back in the 250cc days Mugello was host to a number of titanic clashes. But it is 2009 that stands head and shoulders above the rest, Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) charging through the field to battle Marco Simoncelli till the very end. The fighting was hard but fair as Pasini’s bright pink Aprilia crossed the line in first. Pasini’s return to the Moto2™ World Championship hasn’t been easy, having scored points just twice but returning to one of his favourite tracks could be the much needed boost to return him to running at the front as he did in the 250cc and 125cc classes.

Be sure to follow the Moto2™ World Championship action from 10:55 Local Time onwards as they do battle between the picturesque Tuscan hills.


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