Moto2 Italy, Race: Roberts Beats Gonzalez in Last Lap Mugello Fight


Sergio Garcia arrives at the Moto2 Italy round with the championship lead, despite being beaten late on by MT Helmets MSI teammate Ai Ogura in the Moto2 Catalan Grand Prix a week ago.

Grand Prix

Joe Roberts won a shortened Moto2 Italian Grand Prix ahead of Manuel Gonzalez after a multi-rider lead battle.

The race was shortened from 19 laps to 12 laps after the Moto3 Italian Grand Prix was red-flagged and delayed.

Joe Roberts, 2024 Moto2 Italian Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Roberts made the holeshot, and led the early stages but was unable to break away from a leading group of six.

Several riders had chances at the front, including Alonso Lopez, Aron Canet, and Manuel Gonzalez, but, like Roberts, none were able to get away from the group.

Battling with Lopez on lap nine sent Roberts back to fourth, as Gonzalez and then Canet hit the front. The American recovered to third by the end of the lap, a retook the lead from Gonzalez at turn one on lap 10.

Roberts and Gonzalez were then able to break away by around half-a-second onto the final lap. The Spaniard’s attempt at the win came at turn one, but Roberts immediately responded at turn two.

From there, it was a big push from Roberts, who was never again within reach of Gonzalez. A strong exit from the final corner sealed the deal for the American, who won his second Grand Prix.

Gonzalez secured second place, ahead of Lopez whose third place keeps him in championship contention.

Championship leader Sergio Garcia was fourth, but saw his points lead cut to seven by Roberts. Ai Ogura finished fifth.

Aron Canet rounded out the top six, ahead of Celestino Vietti who had the pace to run at the front but left himself with too much ground to make up. It was seventh for Vietti, while Izan Guevara took eighth with similarly strong pace to Vietti. Somkiat Chantra and Marcos Ramirez completed the top 10.

Fermin Aldeguer started the race despite not taking part in qualifying due to neck pain, but didn’t finish after an incident with Jeremy Alcoba.

2024 Moto2 Italian Grand Prix | Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello | Grand Prix Result | Rd 7/21
Pos Rider Nat. Moto2 Team Manufacturer Timing
1 Joe Roberts USA American Racing Kalex WIN
2 Manuel Gonzalez ESP QJ Motor Gresini Moto2 Kalex 0.067
3 Alonso Lopez ESP SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro 0.934
4 Sergio Garcia ESP MT Helmets MSI Boscoscuro 1.192
5 Ai Ogura JAP MT Helmets MSI Boscoscuro 1.253
6 Aron Canet ESP Fantic Racing Kalex 1.859
7 Celestino Vietti ITA Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 2.618
8 Izan Guevara ESP CFMoto Aspar Team Kalex 3.349
9 Somkiat Chantra THA Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex 3.450
10 Marcos Ramirez ESP American Racing Kalex 5.877
11 Diogo Moreira BRA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 6.516
12 Jake Dixon GBR CFMoto Aspar Team Kalex 10.969
13 Deniz Oncu TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 11.782
14 Zonta van den Goorbergh NED RW Racing GP Kalex 11.930
15 Mario Aji INO Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex 13.036
16 Tony Arbolino ITA Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 13.381
17 Senna Agius AUS Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP Kalex 15.564
18 Barry Baltus BEL RW Racing GP Kalex 15.618
19 Albert Arenas ESP QJ Motor Gresini Moto2 Kalex 15.760
20 Dennis Foggia ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 17.512
21 Jaume Masia ESP Pertamina Mandalika Gas Up Team Kalex 17.576
22 Daniel Munoz ESP Pertamina Mandalika Gas Up Team Kalex 17.779
23 Xavi Cardelus AND Fantic Racing Kalex 28.024
24 Alex Escrig ESP Forward Racing Team Forward 34.678
25 Xavi Artigas ESP Forward Racing Team Forward 35.265
26 Mattia Pasini ITA Team Ciatti Boscoscuro 1:18.428
DNF Darryn Binder RSA Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP Kalex DNF
DNF Jeremy Alcoba ESP Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Kalex DNF
DNF Fermin Aldeguer ESP SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro DNF
DNF Filip Salac CZE Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex DNF
DNF Ayumu Sasaki JAP Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Kalex DNF

Qualifying

Joe Roberts, 2024 Moto2 Italian Grand Prix. Credit: gold and Goose.

Joe Roberts scored his first pole position of the 2024 Moto2 World Championship in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix. The American was ahead of Sergio Garcia, the two of them the only riders in the 1:49s.

Alonso Lopez was third, ahead of Manuel Gonzalez, Darryn Binder, and Marcos Ramirez. Binder and Ramirez both came through Q1 to land on the second row.

Mattia Pasini is wildcarding for Team Ciatti – the Boscoscuro-running team that competes in the European Moto2 Championship – and qualified seventh, ahead of Somkiat Chantra and Aron Canet on row three.

Celestino Vietti completed the qualifying top 10, and will line-up alongside Jeremy Alcoba and Catalunya winner Ai Ogura on the fourth row.

Fermin Aldeguer did not take part in qualifying due to neck pain.

2024 Moto2 Italian Grand Prix | Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello | Qualifying Result | Rd 7/21
Pos Rider Nat. Moto2 Team Manufacturer Timing
1 Joe Roberts USA American Racing Kalex 1:49.877
2 Sergio Garcia ESP MT Helmets MSI Boscoscuro 1:49.955
3 Alonso Lopez ESP SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro 1:50.132
4 Manuel Gonzalez ESP QJ Motor Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:50.248
5 Darryn Binder RSA Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP Kalex 1:50.346
6 Marcos Ramirez ESP American Racing Kalex 1:50.358
7 Mattia Pasini ITA Team Ciatti Boscoscuro 1:50.410
8 Somkiat Chantra THA Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex 1:50.450
9 Aron Canet ESP Fantic Racing Kalex 1:50.497
10 Celestino Vietti ITA Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:50.505
11 Jeremy Alcoba ESP Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Kalex 1:50.551
12 Ai Ogura JAP MT Helmets MSI Boscoscuro 1:50.573
13 Izan Guevara ESP CFMoto Aspar Team Kalex 1:50.576
14 Deniz Oncu TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:50.759
15 Jake Dixon GBR CFMoto Aspar Team Kalex 1:50.796
16 Tony Arbolino ITA Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:50.894
17 Zonta van den Goorbergh NED RW Racing GP Kalex 1:51.054
18 Fermin Aldeguer ESP SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro No Time Set
19 Filip Salac CZE Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:50.850
20 Barry Baltus BEL RW Racing GP Kalex 1:50.974
21 Daniel Munoz ESP Pertamina Mandalika Gas Up Team Kalex 1:51.033
22 Mario Aji INO Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex 1:51.170
23 Diogo Moreira BRA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:51.180
24 Albert Arenas ESP QJ Motor Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:51.186
25 Dennis Foggia ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:51.380
26 Ayumu Sasaki JAP Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Kalex 1:51.503
27 Senna Agius AUS Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP Kalex 1:51.584
28 Jaume Masia ESP Pertamina Mandalika Gas Up Team Kalex 1:51.719
29 Xavi Cardelus AND Fantic Racing Kalex 1:51.831
30 Alex Escrig ESP Forward Racing Team Forward 1:52.066
31 Xavi Artigas ESP Forward Racing Team Forward 1:53.449

Practice 2

Alonso Lopez, 2024 Moto2 Italian Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Alonso Lopez set a new Moto2 lap record for the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello at a 1:49.926, as he became the first rider in the intermediate class to dip below the 1:50 mark. It’s a time that would have put Lopez 10th on the 2006 MotoGP grid.

Fermin Aldeguer was second, just ahead of Ai Ogura and Sergio Garcia, who made it a Boscoscuro 1-2-3-4 in P2. Celestino Vietti and Manuel Gonzalez were the first two Kalex chassis’ in fifth and sixth, respectively, while Joe Roberts was seventh. Mattia Pasini, wildcarding this weekend, made it five Boscoscuro chassis’ in the top eight, while Aron Canet and Deniz Oncu rounded out the top 10.

Izan Guevara, Tony Arbolino, Somkiat Chantra, and Jake Dixon took the final four Q2 spots.

2024 Moto2 Italian Grand Prix | Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello | P2 Results | Rd 7/21
Pos Rider Nat. Moto2 Team Manufacturer Timing
1 Alonso Lopez ESP SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro 1:49.926
2 Fermin Aldeguer ESP SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro 1:50.146
3 Ai Ogura JAP MT Helmets MSI Boscoscuro 1:50.160
4 Sergio Garcia ESP MT Helmets MSI Boscoscuro 1:50.257
5 Celestino Vietti ITA Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:50.271
6 Manuel Gonzalez ESP QJ Motor Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:50.288
7 Joe Roberts USA American Racing Kalex 1:50.332
8 Mattia Pasini ITA SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro 1:50.495
9 Aron Canet ESP Fantic Racing Kalex 1:50.512
10 Deniz Oncu TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:50.554
11 Izan Guevara ESP CFMoto Aspar Team Kalex 1:50.631
12 Tony Arbolino ITA Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:50.637
13 Somkiat Chantra THA Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex 1:50.679
14 Jake Dixon GBR CFMoto Aspar Team Kalex 1:50.740
15 Marcos Ramirez ESP American Racing Kalex 1:50.770
16 Filip Salac CZE Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:50.803
17 Darryn Binder RSA Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP Kalex 1:50.807
18 Dennis Foggia ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:50.842
19 Barry Baltus BEL RW Racing GP Kalex 1:50.895
20 Albert Arenas ESP QJ Motor Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:50.938
21 Jeremy Alcoba ESP Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Kalex 1:50.973
22 Zonta van den Goorbergh NED RW Racing GP Kalex 1:51.009
23 Mario Aji INO Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex 1:51.060
24 Diogo Moreira BRA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:51.103
25 Daniel Munoz ESP Pertamina Mandalika Gas Up Team Forward 1:51.168
26 Jaume Masia ESP Pertamina Mandalika Gas Up Team Kalex 1:51.203
27 Ayumu Sasaki JAP Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Kalex 1:51.590
28 Senna Agius AUS Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP Kalex 1:51.816
29 Xavi Cardelus AND Fantic Racing Kalex 1:51.979
30 Alex Escrig ESP Forward Racing Team Forward 1:53.038
31 Xavi Artigas ESP Forward Racing Team Forward 1:53.832

Practice 1

Somkiat Chantra, 2024 Moto2 Catalan Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Somkiat Chantra was second-fastest on Friday morning in Italy, but the Thai rider went one better in Moto2 P1, topping the session by 0.010 seconds.

Joe Roberts was second, ahead of Fermin Aldeguer – fastest in Free Practice – while Alonso Lopez was foruth.

Aron Canet rounded out the top five and Barry Baltus the top six, while Filip Salac was seventh, championship leader Sergio Garcia eighth, Tony Arbolino ninth, and Manuel Gonzalez 10th.

2024 Moto2 Italian Grand Prix | Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello | P1 Results | Rd 7/21
Pos Rider Nat. Moto2 Team Manufacturer Timing
1 Somkiat Chantra THA Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex 1:50.841
2 Joe Roberts USA American Racing Kalex 1:50.851
3 Fermin Aldeguer ESP SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro 1:50.916
4 Alonso Lopez ESP SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro 1:50.928
5 Aron Canet ESP Fantic Racing Kalex 1:50.977
6 Barry Baltus BEL RW Racing GP Kalex 1:51.056
7 Filip Salac CZE Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:51.064
8 Sergio Garcia ESP MT Helmets MSI Boscoscuro 1:51.119
9 Tony Arbolino ITA Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:51.248
10 Manuel Gonzalez ESP QJ Motor Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:51.375
11 Celestino Vietti ITA Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:51.426
12 Ai Ogura JAP MT Helmets MSI Boscoscuro 1:51.440
13 Marcos Ramirez ESP American Racing Kalex 1:51.458
14 Deniz Oncu TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:51.515
15 Izan Guevara ESP CFMoto Aspar Team Kalex 1:51.558
16 Darryn Binder RSA Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP Kalex 1:51.636
17 Zonta van den Goorbergh NED RW Racing GP Kalex 1:51.787
18 Diogo Moreira BRA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:51.826
19 Mattia Pasini ITA SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro 1:51.839
20 Dennis Foggia ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:51.846
21 Jeremy Alcoba ESP Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Kalex 1:51.861
22 Daniel Munoz ESP Pertamina Mandalika Gas Up Team Forward 1:52.091
23 Albert Arenas ESP QJ Motor Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:52.199
24 Ayumu Sasaki JAP Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Kalex 1:52.315
25 Jake Dixon GBR CFMoto Aspar Team Kalex 1:52.611
26 Jaume Masia ESP Pertamina Mandalika Gas Up Team Kalex 1:52.622
27 Senna Agius AUS Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP Kalex 1:52.652
28 Alex Escrig ESP Forward Racing Team Forward 1:52.922
29 Xavi Cardelus AND Fantic Racing Kalex 1:53.064
30 Mario Aji INO Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex 1:53.073
31 Xavi Artigas ESP Forward Racing Team Forward 1:54.437

Free Practice

Fermin Aldeguer, 2024 Moto2 Catalan Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Fermin Aldeguer bounced back from his Catalan disappointment one week ago to top Moto2 Free Practice in Mugello, although Somkiat Chantra was less than 0.1 seconds behind in second place.

Tony Arbolino was almost 0.3 seconds further back in third, while Jake Dixon and Izan Guevara were the final two riders under the 1:52 mark in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Barry Baltus was sixth, ahead of reigning Moto3 World Champion Jaume Masia, Manuel Gonzalez, Catalunya winner Ai Ogura, and Aron Canet who rounded out the top 10.

2024 Moto2 Italian Grand Prix | Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello | FP Results | Rd 7/21
Pos Rider Nat. Moto2 Team Manufacturer Timing
1 Fermin Aldeguer ESP SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro 1:51.311
2 Somkiat Chantra THA Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex 1:51.380
3 Tony Arbolino ITA Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:51.676
4 Jake Dixon GBR CFMoto Aspar Team Kalex 1:51.763
5 Izan Guevara ESP CFMoto Aspar Team Kalex 1:51.880
6 Barry Baltus BEL RW Racing GP Kalex 1:52.061
7 Jaume Masia ESP Pertamina Mandalika Gas Up Team Kalex 1:52.090
8 Manuel Gonzalez ESP QJ Motor Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:52.100
9 Ai Ogura JAP MT Helmets MSI Boscoscuro 1:52.116
10 Aron Canet ESP Fantic Racing Kalex 1:52.136
11 Darryn Binder RSA Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP Kalex 1:52.164
12 Celestino Vietti ITA Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:52.234
13 Joe Roberts USA American Racing Kalex 1:52.332
14 Jeremy Alcoba ESP Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Kalex 1:52.364
15 Deniz Oncu TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:52.385
16 Dennis Foggia ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:52.458
17 Sergio Garcia ESP MT Helmets MSI Boscoscuro 1:52.489
18 Mattia Pasini ITA SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro 1:52.503
19 Filip Salac CZE Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:52.562
20 Alonso Lopez ESP SpeedUp Racing Boscoscuro 1:52.607
21 Albert Arenas ESP QJ Motor Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:52.836
22 Daniel Munoz ESP Pertamina Mandalika Gas Up Team Forward 1:52.856
23 Diogo Moreira BRA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:52.926
24 Marcos Ramirez ESP American Racing Kalex 1:52.953
25 Zonta van den Goorbergh NED RW Racing GP Kalex 1:53.435
26 Senna Agius AUS Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP Kalex 1:53.518
27 Mario Aji INO Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex 1:53.641
28 Xavi Cardelus AND Fantic Racing Kalex 1:53.893
29 Ayumu Sasaki JAP Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Kalex 1:54.004
30 Alex Escrig ESP Forward Racing Team Forward 1:54.884
31 Xavi Artigas ESP Forward Racing Team Forward 1:55.729



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