Baldassarri takes Argentina Moto2 ahead of Aussie Gardner


Termas de Río Hondo (Argentina) (AFP)

Italy's Lorenzo Baldassarri won the Moto2 race at the Argentina Grand Prix on Sunday with Remy Gardner, the son of 1987 world 500cc champion Wayne Gardner, taking second place.

Baldassarri, on a Kalex, made his push for victory four laps from the end at Termas de Rio Hondo to deny 21-year-old Gardner of Australia with Alex Marquez of Spain in third.

It was a first world championship podium for Gardner.

The 22-year-old Baldassarri leads the world championship having also won the opening round in Qatar earlier this month while Gardner is second, 17 points behind the Italian.

"It was a good race and important victory for the team," said Baldassarri.

"I knew that I couldn't battle at the start, I had to manage the tyres so I concentrated on the end of the race."

Spain's Jaume Masia, on a KTM, claimed a maiden Moto3 victory, edging out South Africa's Daryn Binder and Tony Arbolino of Italy on the line.

Having started the race on pole, Masia regained the lead on the last lap, erasing the misery of his first-lap fall in Qatar.

"It's incredible. I have to thank my team and my fans," said the Spaniard.

Japan's Kaito Toba keeps the overall world championship lead after a 10th place finish on Sunday to follow his victory in Qatar.

He has 31 points with Italy's Lorenzo Dalla Porta in second on 29. Masia moves into third spot, a further two points back.