Stefan Bradl’s domination of Moto2 continued in Barcelona with the German taking his third win of the season in a crash filled race.
As ever the Moto 2 class served up an action packed race right from the start with close racing and hard fighting throughout the field. On lap five however the first significant crash of the race occurred with title contenders Thomas Luthi and Yuki Takahashi also crashing out in spectacular fashion during the early stages of the race at turn three. Both riders were lucky to get away unscathed from their high speed crash after Luthi almost caught a high side before clashing with his Japanese rival.
Bradl spent the opening half of the race in an enthralling battle involving eight riders at the front of the field before the Kiefer rider opened a gap to the chasing pack. With Bradl stretching his legs at the front of the field the battle for second became more and more intense with Dominique Aegerter the first casualty after a high speed crash at turn five after the ever improving Swiss rider lost his front end and low sided.
While Aegerter walked away unscathed Julian Simon was not so lucky after the Spaniard crashed with Aegerter’s teammate, Kenan Sofuoglu. Simon suffered a broken leg after the reigning World Supersport champion misjudged his braking into the stadium section and ran into the back of the Aspar Suter.
Simon was sent head over heels and landed on his helmet before Sofuoglu’s bike clipped his leg in the gravel trap as he tumbled towards the tyre barriers. The former 125cc world champion had been enjoying another solid if unspectacular race and had looked set to take second before the unfortunate crash.
This left Marc Marquez and hometown hero Aleix Espargaro clear to finish on the rostrum behind Bradl.