Fernandez claims French Moto2 win in commanding type as Lowes retires – Motorsport Week

Raul Fernandez dominated the French Grand Prix, taking his second Moto2 win of 2021 when title contender Sam Lowes was out.

Pole Fernandez fell behind Marco Bezzecchi from the start but managed to stay in second place at the end of the opening tour despite soon coming under pressure from an accusing Joe Roberts.

The American relieved Fernandez from second place in the encounter before turning his attention to leading Bezzecchi, although his chances of victory would be ruined if he braked too late at Turn 9 and lost the front of his Italtrans-led Kalex trying to evade the leader and eliminated him from the race.

Fernandez soon hit the back of Bezzecchi as he tried to regain the lead. The rookie took a strong step on the Italian to snatch the initiative at Turn 11. The Ajo racer quickly began to move forward only with fresh air.

He managed a lead of just over a second for the majority of the remaining tours, despite coming under pressure from teammate Remy Gardner in the final laps after the series leader managed to push Bezzecchi back to third after having his tires consistently good had cared for.

He reduced Fernandez’s lead to just under 1.5 seconds, and there were barely half a dozen editions left, although the former reacted calmly and was clearly able to withdraw as the race neared its climax, allowing him to roll over the last lap Checkered flag 1,490 in front of Gardner.

Fernandez’s second success in just his fifth start in the intermediate class puts him just one point behind Gardner in the championship standings, while Bezzecchi, who completed the podium after leaving the leading duo in the final stages, was 17 points behind the leader in third place overall Aussie is 17 points behind Gardner.

Tony Arbolino and Bo Bensneyder showed strong performances to get their best Moto2 placements in fourth and fifth. The pair were more than 16 seconds behind in the close battle for sixth place.

Marcel Schrotter ultimately prevailed as the winner of the war when he narrowly held back rookie Ai Ogura from Honda Team Asia, while Fabio Di Gianantonio finished eighth for long laps despite a double penalty.

The Gresini racer forced Hector Garzo into early retirement when he was fighting for sixth place early on at Turn 11. Di Gianantonio received a long round for his part in the incident.

The Italian crossed the white line on the inside of the penalty loop as he entered, but forced him to serve another soon after, leaving him a low 14th place at that point.

Simoni Corsi had a positive appearance for MV Agusta when he finished ninth ahead of Jorge Navarro. The speed up ace Somkiat Chantra denied a top ten result when he died.

Lowes seemed to have had strong pace from the start, despite a sluggish start that dropped him from 10th to 12th place. The Brit pursued Xavi Vierge for sixth place in a couple of laps.

He attempted an overly ambitious move on the Petronas SRT rider at Turn 8 and lost the front of his Marc VDS machine, getting both of them out of the contest Lowes, which is now 22 points away from leading the series.

Cameron Beaubier was another player to lose a great result after fighting from 24th on the grid to sixth. The American Racing driver crashed at Turn 3 with only a handful of circulations left.