Celestino Vietti masterclass in Moto2 with lead from start to finish at Losail

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No mistakes in the victory for Celestino Vietti in Qatar. The rider made the best use of his pole position to win the intermediate class race in Qatar.

Great start to the race for pole position owner Celestino Vietti, as well as Tony Arbolino and Arón Canet, from ninth to third. Pedro Acosta, considered by many to be one of the favorites, was 24th after a bad start when he was forced to make the first corner too far.

After the first lap, it was Vietti who led, now with Canet in second, Arbolinho third, Augusto Fernández fourth and Ai Ogura fifth.

First crash of the year in GPs for Filipc Salac, at turn five, with the rider staying on the ground for moments, without reaction, before getting up. It was certainly not the dream debut for the Gresini Racing Moto2 rider.

Vietti led the race with 1.014s over Canet, while Arbolino fended off Fernández in the fight for third place.

This was the top ten at Losail with five laps completed in Moto2:

The race at this stage was starting to get a bit fragmented, in the top three, with Vietti leading by 1.3s over Canet, while Ogura, who had now moved up to third, was 1.6s off #40. Arbolino was however 0.1s away from the Japanese and was threatening to regain the position.

Pedro Acosta, making a recovery run, was now 17th but had Bo Bendsneyder just 0.13s away.

Two more laps and Vietti was launched and was gradually increasing the advantage to the competition, now at 2.049s. Canet, in second, was also increasing the gap to Ogura, with this being more than three seconds for the first time.

Ai Ogura and Augusto Fernández had their eyes on each other, with an intense battle and with successive attempts by the Spaniard to overtake, but with the IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia rider defending as best he could, but not avoiding being beaten a few times, although always able to respond immediately.

Sam Lowes in a growing race, first passed his teammate, and then even managed to beat Fernández, to put himself 0.155s behind Ogura.

If the fight for third and fourth places was hot, Vietti led, but lost time, with the advantage now being 1.6s over Canet, who now had Lowes behind him, but at a long 4.8s. Big recovery for the #22.

So was the top six at this stage of the race, with 13 laps completed in Qatar:

Intense battle for third place: in the following minutes, Ogura managed to successfully attack and return to third place, with Lowes in fourth, Arbolino now in fifth and Fernández in sixth, with everything open.

With five laps to go, Acosta was among the points and was 13th, but he had Alberto Arenas at 3.4s, and Jeremy Alcoba, 1.6s behind him.

Only a disaster could at this stage take the victory from Vietti who has dominated the race from the start, now with a greater advantage over Canet, the biggest in the race so far: 3.5s. Ogura, Lowes and Fernández were within 0.5s and at any moment there could be a change.

The excitement was guaranteed: Sam Lowes was fourth but received a warning for a new violation of the track limits and soon after Fernández came fourth. Last lap at Losail.

Lowes responded however and in the end he even managed to reach the podium. Exciting race finale in Qatar, with Vietti winning and still a touch with Ogura and Fernández:

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