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By motogp.com

Virtual win makes it two in a row for Baldassarri at Jerez

The Italian won the 2019 Spanish GP and has now taken victory in the 2020 Virtual GP at the same circuit

FlexBox HP40’s Lorenzo Baldassarri was eventually able to cruise to victory at the Red Bull Virtual Grand Prix of Spain after somehow managing to stay upright during a ridiculous fight with compatriot Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Petronas Sprinta Racing’s Jake Dixon on the opening lap at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto.

Marini crashed out and as a result lost out on a podium finish with Dixon also coming to blows with Baldassarri after an outrageous divebomb that put the Italian into the gravel. Last year’s Spanish GP winner would eventually recover though and came back past the Briton with ease to take a comfortable win.

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It would be a first intermediate class podium for Dixon in second place and the same feat was accomplished by NTS RW Racing GP’s Bo Bensneyder. The Dutchman converted his front row start into a rostrum finish after squeezing past both Marini and Gaviota Aspar Team’s Aron Canet at Pedrosa Corner – Turn 6.

Marini had to settle for fourth after being forced wide in the move and the Italian was unable to convert his qualifying pace into a top three finish. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jorge Martin clinched a top five finish and also a moral victory after ending up as the only rider without a time penalty at the conclusion of a hectic 8-lap event.

Sixth was Marcel Schrötter, just ahead of Canet who failed to recover after his earlier coming together with Bendsneyder. Completing the top ten were Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up), Marcos Ramirez (American Racing) and Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team).

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