2019 Moto2 Czech Grand Prix Preview

After a summer break, Moto2 returns to action in the Czech Republic this weekend.

The top two

Alex Marquez currently leads the standings thanks to four victories in the last five races. He is however only eight points ahead of second placed Thomas Luthi, although this can be due to Marquez having failed to score twice so far this season, compared to Luthi’s one.

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Luthi may have three less victories than Marquez, but he has been consistent so far this season, his retirement during the Argentine Grand Prix aside, Luthi hasn’t finished outside of the top six so far this season.

Behind the top two

Behind Marquez and Luthi are the two Pons Racing bikes of Augusto Fernandez and Lorenzo Baldassarri.

Fernandez is currently twenty six points behind Luthi but has been on a good run of form since the Spanish Grand Prix where like Luthi, Fernandez hasn’t finished outside the top six.

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Baldassarri threatened to walk away with the Moto2 championship winning the opening two rounds of the season, however he has been inconsistent since, having retired from four of the seven races after the second round of the championship. This leaves him five points behind his teammate.

A group of five

Baldassarri is the start of an interesting group of five riders all within thirteen points of each other.

Jorge Navarro is immediately behind Baldassarri in the championship and is level on points having achieved four podium finishes to far this season and a further three points finishes.

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Also level on points with Baldassari and Navarro is Marcel Schrotter who has achieved three podium finishes so far in 2019 and hasn’t finished outside of the points in any of the races this season.

Seven points behind this trio is Luca Marini who has two podium finishes in 2019 and like Schrotter, hasn’t failed to finish outside the points in the nine races contested so far this season.

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The last member of the group is Brad Binder who is six points behind Marini and goes to the Czech Republic having achieved back to back podium finishes before the break.

Rookies

The best of the five rookies to have contested all nine races so far this season is Enea Bastianini who is ninth in the rider standings and twenty one points ahead of the next best rookie, Fabio Di Giannantonio who is fourteenth.

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Bastianini has finished inside the points in eight of the nine races while Di Giannantonio has scored points in six races so far this season.

Two of the Moto3 title contenders from last season, Jorge Martin and Marco Bezzecchi are currently twenty second and twenty third in the standings, separated by four points. Martin’s best result so far this season is a ninth place finish in Germany while Bezzecchi’s best finish was a tenth in Assen.

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