Tuuli and Zaconne share the spoils in Portugal.

European Moto2 Estoril 2019 Qualifying

Yari Montella (Team Ciatti) led the first qualifying practice on the Speed Up bike, that took place on a wet track in Estoril. The rain started falling as the riders left the pits. His time of 1:57.158 was two-tenths of a second better tan Héctor Garzo (CNS Motorsport) on the Tech 3 machine. Third quickest was Malaysian rider Ramdan Rosli on the Onexox TKKR SAG Kalex.

The rain affected the second qualifying session as well and it was red-flagged almost immediately. On the restart the sun shone and the track began to dry. This time round the top three were Edgar Pons for Baiko Racing Team with a time of 1:54.440. he had a significant advantage over Niki Tuuli from Finland riding for Team Stylobike. His time of 1:55.734 was almost 1.3 seconds slower. Third fastest was Kasma Bin Kasmayudin for the Dynavolt Intact SIC Junior Team. He was only 0.020 seconds behind the Finn.

As for the three front-runners from Q1 Garzo was sixth, Montella was seventh and Rosli down in 12th.

With all but one rider improving in Q2, Pons, Tuuli and Bin Kasmayudin made the front row.

British Team Nykos Racing qualified 20th with their Austrial rider Mayer Julian. Sam Wilford, who Will ride the kalex Moto2 in the GP2 class of BSB was here as a wildcard entry. He lined up 24th on the grid.

Moto2 European Estoril 2019 Race 1

The track was cold and wet for the first Moto2 European Championship race of the season. As they headed into the first corner those in the final rows of the grid must have had very restricted visibility from the spray. Edgar Pons took the holeshot from Niki Tuuli but Kasmayudin was quickly up into second position.

Hector Garzo, who started sixth on the grid was an early faller as he failed to complete the first lap. Yari Montella, from seventh on the grid, was into second position as they entered the first corner at the beginning of the second lap. At the beginning of lap three the number 55 of Montella hit the front of the race.

He then set about making a break at the front as Edgar Pons slipped to third with Niki Tuuli coming through, whilst Kasmayudin was fourth. Unfortunately for the Dynavolt Intact SIC rider from Malaysia, he fell on lap seven, losing control as he approached the first corner.

With four laps remaining the Italian Montella was 2.432 seconds ahead of Tuuli in second position and 8.5 over Edgar Pons. However, he subsequently crashed.

This left Finland’s Tuuli comfortably in the race lead which he gratefully accepted coming across the line 5.45 seconds ahead of Edgar Pons. Ramdam Rosli was third some 12.5 seconds further back. British rider Sam Wilford was a wildcard in this round and crossed the line in 15th position for IDWE Racing.

Moto2 European Estoril 2019 Race 2

The conditions had improved for the second race, although the track was still damp and cool.

This time it was Kasmayudin who led into the first corner, followed by Tuuli then Edgar Pons. But Tuuli was quickly through and almost immediately began to open a gap.

Zaccone and Hector Garzo came from the chasing group and caught Tuuli with 12 laps of the race remaining. The Italian Zaccone took the lead as he set the fastest lap of the race at the time. Garzo then took over the following lap using the slipstream down the start-finish straight.

With ten laps remaining Tuuli had a big moment and ran off into the gravel but stayed upright. Zaconne had a few bike lengths over Garzo at this stage as he continued to lead the race. Edgar Pons was up to third and was snaking his bike in the braking zones as he looked to chase down the leading riders.

No one could keep the pace of the number 61 from Italy. The Promoracing rider took the race victory by 1.312 seconds. Second across the line was Niki Tuuli with Edgar Pons taking the final podium spot. Hector Garzo had to settle for fourth place. Yari Montella was a distant fifth.

Sam Wilford just missed out on his second championship point of the weekend as he crossed the line in 16th position.

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European Moto2 Estoril 2019 results and race report