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Cycle News 2022 Issue 26 June 28

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still holds third in the champion- ship at 114 points, 58 behind Quartararo. Bagnaia is now back up to fourth at 106 points, but he still has a mountain to climb if he's to catch Quartararo. Moto2 Augusto Fernandez won a straight brawl of a Moto2 race at Assen, the Spaniard taking his Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex to Victory Lane ahead of Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Inde GasGas Aspar Team rider Jake Dixon. Fernandez's ride had him in front for the majority of the race, but it was never a comfortable lead as he headed a freight train of riders including Bo Bendsney- der (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team), Alonso Lopez (MB Con- veyors Speed Up), Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team), Al- bert Arenas (Inde GasGas Aspar Team) and the American Racing Team's Cameron Beaubier. At the start of lap 21, Beaubier crashed out of fifth position as he came under pressure from Vietti, and Arenas would also crash out on the penultimate lap while in podium contention. American Joe Roberts strug- gled to match the pace of the front running five, ending the race eighth. In the series, Vietti and Fernan- dez are now tied for the lead on ROUND 11 / JUNE 24-26, 2022 TT CIRCUIT ASSEN / ASSEN, HOLLAND P66 MOTOGP I FIM MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP alongside the main event. On the possibility of changing how points are awarded in the series, Fabio Quartararo said, "I think qualifying is good because it's only a few laps and then we decide in the race, as I think this is quite a mythical part of a weekend. So, I think about sprint race is not a great idea. Maybe the only thing I can say is put an extra point like Formula One for the fastest lap of the race. The print race is giving a nice show, but with how intense MotoGP is at the moment I don't see myself to do a race on Saturday and be ready for the Sunday." Briefly... It was never much further apart than this in Moto2, but Augusto Fernandez (37) kept his head cool for the win.

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