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Enea Bastianini defeats Sam Lowes in the first battle for the Moto2 world title

Jack FInch



Although technically Luca Marini still has options, it seems clear that the Moto2 world title is going to be decided between Enea Bastianini and Sam Lowes. In the first free practice sessions on the Ricardo Tormo circuit, it was the Italian who struck the first blow, but by no means everything was decided.

In fact Lowes has led quite forcefully the opening bars of the session. Not only was he the fastest, but his times were scary. But in the middle of the day he crashed and has no longer hit the track. Bastianini has taken advantage of that to beat him by half a tenth in the last seconds of the day, with a time of 1: 36.804. But there will be a battle.

Canet has returned to the circuits although he runs with quite a few limitations in hand

The feelings are that Bastianini is strong, but Lowes one step ahead. The Briton transmits confidence despite the fall he has suffered. Yes, Bastianini was the fastest, but by a very narrow margin and setting his best time at the last minute, while Lowes had already been in the box for many minutes.

The important thing is that the two top favorites are doing well, going fast and competitive. It seems that we will have a hand-to-hand duel, and not a pilot who stays off the hook at the beginning or rolls in the middle of the peloton. Bastianini will have a race against him like the one he already had in Misano, in which he destroyed Marini.

Valentino Rossi’s brother does seem totally out of the question for the title battle . Not by points, which is only 23, but by sensations. He has had terrible races and in Valencia he has not given the impression that he is able to redirect the situation. He finished with the fifteenth fastest time.

In his defense it can be said that Marini is running injured. According to his team, he again injured the ankle that was injured at Le Mans. It happened while he was training at El Rancho de Valentino Rossi. Bad luck for Marini, who seems to arrive at MotoGP without a world championship under his arm.

Behind Bastianini and Lowes, the third classified has been Joe Roberts, quite fine in unstable conditions of the track . Lorenzo Baldasarri finished fourth, who had not appeared in the top positions of a classification for many races. And fifth Fabio Di Giannantonio, who wants to maintain the good dynamics of MotorLand.

The best Spaniard was Jorge Martín, seventh, although the great news was the return of Arón Canet to the competition. He’s running with a lot of hand restrictions and he’s only been 22nd, but at least he’s on the track. Although the joy is never complete in the Aspar team. Hafizh Syahrin has fallen and has done some serious damage.

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