The Italian increases the lead in the overall standings when Aldeger is knocked out; Idemitsu Honda Team Asia celebrates double pedestal
The classy Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) is competing in the Moto2 ™ 2022 World Championships after another stellar performance brought the Italians the number two victory of the season at the Gran Premio Michelin® de la República Argentina. The Idemitsu Honda Team Asia celebrated a double podium when Somkiyat Chantra finished at P2, adding to its Indonesian GP victory, and Ai Ogura battled Aaron Canet (Flexbox HP40) on the final lap and finished at P3. Poleshuk Fermin Aldeger (MB Conveyors Speed Up) crashed after contact with Viet on turn 13.
Viet is going on, but he was forced to work
The lights went out for the Moto2 ™ race, and best of all went the polester Aldeger, but next to him Augusta Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was lethargic. The poor start then turned into a disastrous start for Fernandez, as contact with Oguri’s rear wheel on turn 1 led to the Spaniard having an accident. Vietti started well from the third row and was the only racer who followed Aldeger in the first shifts.
Viet, at turn 1 on the 4th lap, drove past Aldeger to get ahead. Third place went to Chantra, the Thai rider was a second away from Aldeger’s back lap as Canet made great strides to climb the P4.
The race will be established with Viet, Aldeger and Chantra. But 16 laps before Aldeger unfolded the drama. Viet was a little wide at turn 13 and, sniffing the possibility, Aldeger shoved the front wheel inside. Unfortunately, contact was made, and the rider who came off worse was Alduger. It was a nasty accident for the young Spaniard, who was phenomenal all weekend, but thankfully he got to his feet.
Back on the road, Viet was now full of Chantra’s hands. Canet was P3 1.1 seconds behind second, while Ogura watched the Spaniard in P4 – and the Japanese racer was the fastest racer in the lead group. The second time Viet was wide on the 13th turn, which allowed Chantra to pass and take the lead in the race. However on the next lap Chantra was wide in the same corner, which means Viet was back, holding the leading relay race.
Chantra was located behind Viet, as the first two remained unchanged for a number of laps, and the action took place behind between Ogura and Canet. As a result of this break, Viet and Chantra swam 1.7 seconds up the road from the Japanese and Spanish riders, and five laps to the end looked like the victory was Viet over Chantra.
Remaining a little over two laps, Viet made a decisive break. The gap was 1.084 sec. on the last lap, Chantra, in turn, was now at 3.8 sec. from his teammate Oguri, who in the fight for last place on the podium on his back rushed Canet. Canet rushed to turn 5, but it was wide, allowing Ogure to return. Kane then tried again on turn 7 and managed to keep him out of turn 8, but he reached the penultimate corner.
Vietti made no mistake on the last lap to win for the second time this season, Chantra brilliantly won the second podium in a row, and Ogura defeated Kane in the infamous 13th turn to earn his first podium of the season. Chantra and Ogura once again prove that the road in MotoGP ™ works wonders with fantastic stands.
Scorers in Argentina
Less than a second behind Canet Jake Dixon (Autosolar GASGAS Aspar Team) in the P5, this is a great way to bounce back for the British rider after his disappointment at the Indonesian Grand Prix as Dixon defeats Tony Arbalino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) in the final stage. Arbalino got a fantastic P6, the Italian was more than four seconds behind reigning Moto3 world champion дра Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in the P7. Albert Arenas (Autosolar GASGAS Aspar Team), Bo Bendsneider (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) and Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) topped the top 10.
Cameron Bobby (American Racing) takes home P11 after his first visit to Thermos, now the American is going to his home Grand Prix next weekend. Marcel Schroter (Liqui Moly Intact GP), Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Team), Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team) and Marcos Ramirez (MV Agusta Forward Racing) took the final points.
Vietti extends the championship advantage to 21 points over Cane, scoring 70 points out of a possible 75 – now COTA is waiting.
1. Celestina Viet (Mooney VR46 Racing Team)
2. Chamtra Chandra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) + 1,538
3. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia + 5,703
4. Aaron Kane (Flexbox HP40) + 5,880
5. Jake Dixon (Autosolar GASGAS Aspar Team) + 6,584
6. Tony Arbalino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 7,538
7. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 12,177
8. Albert Arenas (Autosolar GASGAS Aspar Team) + 12,418
9. Bo Bendsneider (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) + 13,656
10. Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 14,254
Viet is going to win, Chantra is on the podium
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