Saturday, 3 June, PORTO CESAREO (Italy): Matteo Fracasso held off a spirited late challenge by Marcus Jorgensen to take a popular win in the first Moto in Runabout GP2, but the victory may have come at a cost.
The Italian rider gave the home crowd the win they came to see, but was made to work hard for it as Jorgensen came at him in the closing stages.
Fracasso made the best of starting from pole and held off Jorgensen to grab the upper-hand on the opening lap, before an engine issue cost the Dane time and a place to Spain’s Ismael Rojas Garcia.
Jorgensen clawed his way back and was back into second on lap 7 of 13 and went after the race leader, closing the gap to one second but got no closer, Fracasso running out the winner by 11 seconds. But the Italian limped away from his Ski after injuring the same leg he broke just two weeks ago in a race in Italy. “I am not sure how much more I can do. I will start Moto 2 and see if my leg holds out.” said Fracasso.
Ali Al Lanjawi claimed fourth place for the UAE, ahead of France’s Wilfred Emelie and Italy’s Giorgio Viscione.
In Runabout GP4 Christian Cagnard took his revenge over yesterday’s pole winner Oliver Gerencser to win by 5.25s, with Tom Baudoin holding off the challenge from Jordi Tomas to take third place.
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