Celestino Vietti forgot his title plan and took the race to Aron Canet in the last lap to win the Moto2 Catalan Grand Prix, the ninth round of the championship.
The Mooney VR46 rider brought one of the closest battles to victory in the middle class this season.
Starting from the Italian pole has slipped back to fifth and will have to fight back to get into the group chasing down then-leader Joe Roberts.
In the final round it was a clear battle for the first time between Vietti and Canet, with Jake Dixon and Augusto Fernandez fighting behind for the final podium spot.
The Spaniard led at home at the start of the last lap but desperately tried to keep the inside in the tenth round, Vietti didn’t need a second invitation and swooped in, blocking rivals and preventing any slipstream hopes to lead over the line by just 0.081s.
Vietti picked up their third win of the season — and became the only race to win more than one race.
The result means the first win continues to outlast Canet, even as he accumulates important points in number two, fourth in that position this season, even though this time the Flexbox HP40 rider is free of strapping on his arm to help him. the last few rounds.
Fighting for number three as fierce, Fernandez grabbed the position as he ran to the flag to finish the entire Kalex podium.
It was Jake Dixon who had held the spot for many races, first inheriting the first when Roberts crashed out of a huge lead over two seconds, though he soon had the company of Canet and Vietti, in search of a win.
Red Bull KTM driver Ajo has been training his moves in the penultimate lap, so after a shirt rehearsal, the English driver would have expected the attack, but nothing could be done after Fernandez made a lunge into the inner stick to claim the final. pulpit slot.
Marcel Schrotter was a solid and solo number five for Liqui Moly IntactGP after working hard to get ahead of Sam Lowes and Albert Arenas before the race.
Not a single rider completed the race, with Arenas retiring on lap 19 and Lowes falling at the same time, sadly for Elf MArc VDS rider, it was the sixth in a row out of points.
That left Pedro Acosta to take the cut. Having made the move to make up for a poor twelfth place in qualifying, the top rookie took advantage to take sixth place in Red Bull KTM Ajo’s second entry.
At the start of the race, Ai Ogura rode high and fought against the Vietti title rivals in fifth place. While Vietti managed to tire and continue to win, Ogura went the other way, dropping to seventh place after passing Acosta to the Idemitsu Honda Asia team.
Alonso Lopez continued to impress after joining the last paddock to replace Romano Fenati at Lightech Speed Up. He was the best of the non-Kalex riders at Boscoscuro in the eighth, the same as the best finish for a safe date in the final round at Mugello.
Manuel Gonzalez was number nine away for the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp, feeling his own gap from Tony Arboilno, who ran up from 18 in the box to finish in the top ten.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta looks almost able to return to his best form as he forced the Italians all over, finishing number eleven for Italtrans, the best result so far this season.
Somkiat Chantra was next to see the box flag in the twelfth for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia, ahead of a close match for 13th which went to Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) just before Jorge Navarro (Flexbox HP40) in 14th.
The last point offered to Fermin Aldeguer for Lightech Speed Up.
Joe Roberts fell from the lead.
Joe Roberts has gotten the start of his dreams and found he can step back in front, faster than everyone else on the track and not bother because the rest of the pack seems to enjoy running towards his own agenda.
A half -second gap soon appeared. When Dixon and Canet began fighting for a second the distance advantage held the Americans soon stretched for a comfortable two seconds.
His rivals had begun to drive him away but it wasn’t a factor that caused him to fall. When the Italtrans rider came on in the fifth lap, he failed to make a peak and slid into the gravel on the tenth lap.
Roberts isn’t the only driver to fail to cross that distance.
Alex Toledo, replacing Gabriel Rodrigo, who will now miss the rest of the season to recover from an injury problem, is the first to suffer a gravel.
Filip Salac only lasted one lap back, falling in lap three, with Cameron Beaubier coming out of the lap after him. Alessandro Zaccone, Sam Lowes and Albert Arenas all also failed to finish.
Where do the results leave the ranking standings?
Putting the tire and a few close last lap moves brought Vietti 25 more points – moving him away from Ai Ogura, who tied the points with #13 after Mugello. Now with a total of 133, Vietti is 16 points ahead of the Japanese driver after he dropped to seventh.
Second place saw Canet reach 109 points after 3 DNFs this season due to consistency when reaching the finish line paid off overall.