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Silverstone Moto2: Nakagami scores win as Marquez crashes

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Silverstone Moto2: Nakagami scores win as Marquez crashes
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Future LCR Honda MotoGP rider Takaaki Nakagami won the Silverstone Moto2 race after early leader Alex Marquez suffered a crash.

With pole-sitter Mattia Pasini dropping down to fifth after having too big wheelie off the line, Marc VDS duo Marquez and Franco Morbidelli established themselves in the top two early in the race.

Marquez confidently led for a few laps but Morbidelli soon closed in on his teammate, eventually making a move at Stowe on Lap 7.

However, Marquez fought back and reclaimed first place at the same turn two laps later, only to then soon crash out at Village.

Yet, Morbidelli only led for a lap before being dispatched by Nakagami - the Japanese rider initially in a three-way fight for best non-Marc VDS status with Tom Luthi and Pasini.

He managed to lose the aforementioned duo and, while he was a second behind Marquez and Morbidelli when the Spaniard crashed, he made quick work of taking the lead.

Morbidelli also gave up second to Pasini, but made sure to finish ahead of main rival Luthi.

At the front, a late charge from Pasini saw the Italian close the gap to just six tenths, but ultimately he had no realistic chance of demoting Nakagami.

Nakagami scored his second win in Moto2, his first in a year as he last won in last year's Assen race.

Francesco Bagnaia was the top rookie in fifth, closely followed by Speed Up's Simone Corsi and Stefano Manzi.

Miguel Oliveira was in contention for fourth early in the race, but his KTM bike had a brief gearbox failure, which dropped him out of the top 10. However, he fought back to salvage eighth, just ahead of his teammate Brad Binder and Dominique Aegerter.

Race results:

Pos.RiderBikeTime/Gap
1 japan Takaaki Nakagami  Kalex 38'20.883
2 italy Mattia Pasini  Kalex 0.724
3 italy Franco Morbidelli  Kalex 2.678
4 switzerland Thomas Luthi  Kalex 4.645
5 italy Francesco Bagnaia  Kalex 9.515
6 italy Simone Corsi  Speed Up 9.955
7 italy Stefano Manzi  Kalex 10.402
8 portugal Miguel Oliveira  KTM 10.463
9 south_africa Brad Binder  KTM 10.762
10 switzerland Dominique Aegerter  Suter 11.454
11 italy Luca Marini  Kalex 12.787
12 spain Xavi Vierge  Tech 3 13.022
13 spain Jorge Navarro  Kalex 19.990
14 spain Alex Marquez  Kalex 21.751
15 spain Axel Pons  Kalex 22.174
16 france Fabio Quartararo  Kalex 24.145
17 malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Kalex 25.010
18 spain Isaac Viñales  Kalex 26.711
19 japan Tetsuta Nagashima  Kalex 30.680
20 australia Remy Gardner  Tech 3 30.825
21 united_states Joe Roberts  Kalex 34.698
22 spain Edgar Pons  Kalex 35.502
23 italy Andrea Locatelli  Kalex 35.988
24 san_marino Alex de Angelis  Kalex 38.943
25 united_kingdom Jake Dixon  Suter 44.079
26 spain Augusto Fernandez  Speed Up 44.197
27 switzerland Jesko Raffin  Kalex 46.849
28 malaysia Khairul Idham Pawi  Kalex 47.110
29 italy Lorenzo Baldassarri  Kalex 1'04.182
30 united_kingdom Tarran Mackenzie  Suter 1'32.304
Ret germany Sandro Cortese  Suter 5 laps
Ret  spain Iker Lecuona  Kalex 11 laps
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Series Moto2
Event Silverstone
Location Silverstone
Drivers Takaaki Nakagami
Teams Honda Team Asia
Author David Gruz