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Marquez vs Fernandez: is this the duel for the crown?

An investigation, a last-lap move on the limit and back-to-back wins put the rider from Madrid on a roll

After another stunner at Misano, Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) remains in charge of the Moto2™ standings, but Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40) is starting to make his presence more than felt. Two wins on the bounce and a crash for Marquez on the day of the first puts Fernandez only 26 points in arrears, and next up is MotorLand – a track both know well, and a track where both race on home turf.

As has been true throughout an incredibly interesting season in the intermediate class so far, however, things can turn on a dime. The only constant since earlier in the year has often been Marquez and his pace, with Silverstone the only self-inflicted hiccup, but Fernandez took the gloves off at Misano, Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) was back in the battle and Speed Up put on a serious show of pace. This time it wasn’t Jorge Navarro (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) but teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio who took Fernandez to the wire, but competitors need to keep an eye on both the Spanish veteran and Italian rookie after an impressive season so far.

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Meanwhile, there are the men with the track records. Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) was back in the top five and on form at Misano, and he’s won before at Aragon. And so has Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), who took victory last year and is slowly making his way up the standings after a tougher start to the year. He’s won one race in 2019 already, could MotorLand see him fight for another?

The track is a challenging and technical way to end the European leg of the season ahead of the flyaways, and it will be another fascinating Moto2™ race. One thing is sure: Alex Marquez will leave for Buriram in the lead, but it could be by a single point or by 51, and MotorLand will decide. So make sure to tune in for the Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragon from the 20th to 22nd September, with the intermediate class racing on Sunday at the slightly later time of 14:30 (GMT +2).

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