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By motogp.com

Bendsneyder comes out on top in a British Moto2™ battle

The Dutchman grabbed third place in the debut virtual Moto2™ race in Jerez and has now gone two better at Silverstone

NTS RW Racing GP's Bo Bendsneyder has tasted victory in the Moto2™ class for the first time in his career, albeit virtually at the Michelin Virtual British Grand Prix. The Dutchman started from pole position and didn't look back after getting a lightning start, taking the chequered flag comfortably ahead of rookies ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team's Kasma Daniel and FlexBox HP40's Hector Garzo.

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It didn't take long for the drama to begin on the opening lap when Augusto Fernandez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) crashed out down the Hanger Straight by running straight into the back of Daniel after the Malaysian suffered some lag issues. The same problems for Daniel would then cause Garzo to crash a few laps later. The pair were sweeping around the final corner when the Malaysian's Moto2™ machine stopped dead in the middle of the track leaving the Spaniard nowhere to go, causing him to crash out of third place.

The final podium place had seemingly been handed to Liqui Moly Intact GP's Marcel Schrötter, however, the German threw away a rostrum finish on the penultimate lap after touching the grass and crashing whilst entering the Wellington Straight. No such mistakes were made by Bendsneyder, who eased over the line eight seconds clear of Daniel in second. Garzo stole the final podium place, with Schrötter's disastrous final two laps compounded by Fernadez beating him to fourth in the last sector.

SKY Racing Team VR46's Marco Bezzecchi had to settle for sixth place, just a tenth adrift of a top-five finish. Nicolo Bulega (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) was seventh, Moto2™ World Championship leader Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) ended up eighth and Stefano Manzi (MV Agusta Forward Racing) was the final finisher in ninth after Petronas Sprinta Racing's Xavi Vierge was unable to finish the race after his internet dropped out halfway through the six-lap race.

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