Having been denied victory by what looked a harsh penalty in race one, Jeremy Alcoba (LaGlisse Academy) made no mistake as he held of Barry Baltus (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto team) and Xavier Artigas (Leopard Impala Junior Team) as these three stood on the rostrum in Barcelona.
Carlos Tatay (Fundacion Andreas Perez 77), the winner of race one, made a great start off the grid but pole-sitter Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was latest on the brakes and lead through turn one. Barry Baltus was quickly up into second position. Jeremy Alcoba took third, with Tatay down to fourth in the first few corners.
Alcoba lead the race on lap two but suddenly dropped to third. He ran wide and Deniz Öncü and Barry Baltus needed no second invitation to take advantage. At the head of the race, a group of eight riders were vying for the podium places. After a third of the race Xavier Artigas, the current European Talent Cup Champion, moved up from fourth to second in a couple of corners and he continued to impress in this class. He sat behind race leader Deniz Öncü. Then Ryusei Yamanaka (Junior Team Estrella Galicia)also appeared near the front of the race but an error by the Japanese rider almost saw Tatay, Yamanaka and Öncü collide. Remarkably all three retained their seats but they lost ground.
Alcoba, Baltus and Artigas continued to battle for the race win. As we entered the last lap Alcoba managed to hold off the challenge of both the other riders into the first corner. Artigas then dropped back a couple of bike lengths from Alcoba and Baltus. Coming out of the final corner Baltus was unable to get enough draft from behind Alcoba, who finally took his first win of the year. After the result in race one, it was a just reward for the LaGlisse Academy rider.
Max Cook (British Talent Team) came across the line in 14th position. He spent the majority of the race in a huge group fighting for positions from 9 down to 19 at one stage.
Jeremy Alcoba now has 98 points in the Moto3 JWC championship whilst Barry Baltus is second on 92. The injured Yuki Kunii, who could only watch from the sidelines as these two took his championship lead away. He remains third on 70 points. Xavier Artigas is fourth on 69 points whilst Carlos Tatay completes the top five with 58. Max Cook is 24th in the standings on ten points.
Moto3 JWC Barcelona 2019 Race 2
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