The Grand Prix season passes one-third distance this weekend, with the battle for the Honda CBR600-powered Moto2 World Championship intensifying with every race. Twenty-one-year-old Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) has a lead of just 13 points over Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM), who won last time out at Mugello, while Bagnaia rode to a close fourth place, despite arm-pump issues that hindered his progress.

Oliveira’s first win of 2018, which followed a season-ending hat-trick last year, suggests that the 23-year-old Portuguese is once again finding his best form. And he has pace at Barcelona-Catalunya, where last June he finished third, behind Luthi and winner Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex).

Marquez – Marc’s younger brother – stands fourth in the points chase, behind Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40 Kalex), who chased home Oliveira at Mugello, just ahead of Joan Mir (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) and Bagnaia. The top four were covered by less than half a second. And Mir’s third place was the rookie’s second consecutive podium.

Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) is seventh overall, just one point behind Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP Suter), after crashing out of the lead at Mugello. The Moto2 top ten is completed by Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM), Marcel Schrotter (Dynavolt Intact GP Suter) and Iker Lecuona (Swiss Innovative Investors KTM).

Francesco Bagnaia

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“After my home GP, where despite the pain, we scored a good fourth place and got some important points for the Championship, I’ve taken full advantage of a few free days to recover my energies for the Catalan GP. A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to test at Montmelo to try out the new tarmac. The feedback was really positive.”

SKY Racing Team VR46
Miguel Oliveira

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“I am really looking forward to Barcelona, because we go there after our first victory of the season at Mugello and also after a day’s testing at Mugello, when we were able to work on improving the front end and the rest of the set-up, which I think will help us a lot at Barcelona. The win has closed the points gap, but we are still only at one-thirds distance in the championship, so at every race we need to stay focused, work hard and race for the maximum on Sunday.”

Red Bull KTM Ajo
Lorenzo Baldassarri

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“We got second in the last race and a win at Le Mans, so this is the kind of resultsresult we want to continue with this weekend. We feel very competitive with the package and we’ve got and we have already tested at this track, so we will go into the weekend feeling strong, working hard and looking to achieve another important result for me and the team.”

Pons HP40
Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain

Moto2 2018, Round 7

Rider Standings
Sunday, 3 Jun 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Francesco BAGNAIA 42 ITA 111 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA 44 POR 98 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
3 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI 7 ITA 84 Pons HP40 Kalex
4 Alex MARQUEZ 73 SPA 78 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
5 Joan MIR 36 SPA 64 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
6 Xavi VIERGE 97 SPA 59 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex
7 Mattia PASINI 54 ITA 58 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
8 Brad BINDER 41 RSA 47 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
9 Marcel SCHROTTER 23 GER 37 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
10 Iker LECUONA 27 SPA 26 Swiss Innovative Investors KTM
11 Dominique AEGERTER 77 SWI 20 Kiefer Racing KTM
12 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 20 Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up
13 Luca MARINI 10 ITA 19 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex
14 Andrea LOCATELLI 5 ITA 16 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
15 Simone CORSI 24 ITA 16 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex
16 Remy GARDNER 87 AUS 14 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
17 Jorge NAVARRO 9 SPA 14 Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex
18 Sam LOWES 22 GBR 14 Swiss Innovative Investors KTM
19 Hector BARBERA 40 SPA 10 Pons HP40 Kalex
20 Romano FENATI 13 ITA 9 Marinelli Snipers Team Kalex
21 Isaac VIñALES 32 SPA 7 SAG Team Kalex
22 Stefano MANZI 62 ITA 6 Forward Racing Team Kalex
23 Danny KENT 52 GBR 4 Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up
24 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA 45 JPN 3 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
25 Khairul Idham PAWI 89 MAL 2 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
26 Joe ROBERTS 16 USA 2 NTS RW Racing GP NTS
27 Steven ODENDAAL 4 RSA 1 NTS RW Racing GP NTS
28 Bo BENDSNEYDER 64 NDL 1 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3