Remy Gardner was due to start on pole after Sam Lowes was forced to start from pitlane as punishment for his Styrian GP collision with Jorge Navarro and Somkiat Chantra. However, Gardner fractured his hand and foot in a heavy crash in warm-up, ruling him out of the race and promoting championship leader Marini to pole. The VR46 rider grabbed the holeshot ahead of Enea Bastianini, though the Italtrans man was quickly demoted by the sister VR46 bike of Bezzecchi at the Quercia corner at Turn 8. The VR46 pair immediately opened up a gap to the chasing Bastianini, with the gap up to a second by lap four. Marini was also putting daylight between himself and Bezzecchi, with a six-tenth gap extending to over a second by lap nine. Bastianini’s gap continued to open to 1.7s to Bezzecchi ahead, though the gap between the three did start to steadily reduce come lap 16. Marini was now just seven tenths clear, with Bezzecchi holding eight tenths over Bastianini – though the latter’s charge looked to have come to an end when he had a big front end moment at Quercia on lap 16, which dropped him 2.5s adrift of second. … Read full this story
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