MotoGP-bound Fernandez broke a bone in his hand final Friday in a coaching incident and underwent surgical procedure to right it, however confirmed no indicators of it holding him again at Aragon as he certified third and eased to victory.
Poleman Lowes bought his Marc VDS Kalex into the lead in the beginning of the 21-lap contest, with Ajo team-mate’s Remy Gardner and Fernandez following swimsuit in grid order.
Fernandez shortly dispatched of Gardner into the Flip 12 left-hander, which allowed Lowes to open up a lead of over six tenths of a second.
Over the subsequent few laps Fernandez was capable of eat into Lowes’ benefit on the head of the pack, whereas Gardner didn’t have the tempo to maintain his hooks in his team-mate.
By lap 5 Gardner had dropped 1.6 seconds off the lead duo, whereas Fernandez had moved forward of Lowes a tour earlier to take a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.
Fernandez’s hole shortly opened to a second by lap seven and would steadily develop by a number of extra tenths earlier than Lowes’ race got here to an finish on the thirteenth tour when he crashed at Flip 7.
Now over six seconds away from Gardner behind following Lowes’ crash, Fernandez would proceed to increase his result in over eight seconds as he cruised to the chequered flag.
Gardner got here underneath some strain within the closing two laps from the chasing Augusto Fernandez on the Marc VDS Kalex and Pace Up’s Jorge Navarro.
A 1-2 for Raul Fernandez and Gardner has secured the groups’ title for Ajo Motorsport.
Remy Gardner, Pink Bull KTM Ajo
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However the Australian was capable of maintain onto second via to the chequered flag to minimise his championship standings loss to only 5 factors – his lead nonetheless a wholesome 39 factors going to Misano.
Augusto Fernandez was capable of wipe a number of extra tenths out of Gardner’s benefit forward of him, however the Marc VDS rider may do nothing to breach third forward of Navarro.
Aspar’s Aron Canet had a lonely experience to fifth, with the Gresini Kalex of Fabio Di Giannantonio sixth forward of a formidable Fermin Aldeguer on the opposite Pace Up bike on simply the 16-year-old’s fourth Moto2 begin.
Aldeguer beat Honda Group Asia’s Ai Ogura within the latter phases, with Intact GP duo Tony Arbolino and Marcel Schrotter rounding out the highest 10 – although a post-race time penalty would demote the latter to eleventh behind MV Agusta’s Simone Corsi.
A crash for VR46 rider Marco Bezzecchi on lap 10 has all however demolished his 2021 title hopes, the Italian now 72 factors adrift of championship chief Gardner.
John McPhee was twentieth and 47.756s off the victory on his Moto2 debut on the Petronas Sprinta bike, taking Jake Dixon’s place as his fellow Brit contests this weekend’s MotoGP race for Petronas SRT.