2010 Estoril Moto2 Race Result - Drying Track Generates Topsy-Turvy Thriller

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Estoril:

A damp and drying track at Estoril provided a real thriller of an opening race at the Portuguese circuit, and a surprise winner in Viessmann Kiefer's Stefan Bradl. The race looked at first as if it would throw up a real surprise winner, as the current World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu seized the lead into the first corner, then fending off Blusens-STX rider Yonny Hernandez and Fimmco Speed Up's Gabor Talmacsi to take control of the race. Sofuoglu, substituting in the Technomag CIP team for Shoya Tomizawa who was tragically killed at Misano, set out a scorching pace and had soon pulled a lead of nearly 7 seconds by lap 11.

Once the race approached the halfway mark, however, the tides began to turn. Sofuoglu's lap times plummeted, while those in the chasing pack began to drop, and by lap 19, Bradl and Alex Baldolini were with the Turkish rider. The pair quickly dispatched Sofuoglu, who looked destined to plummet through the pack even further. But once the pack chasing for 3rd caught Sofuoglu, the Turk got his second wind, and he joined Alex de Angelis, Scott Redding, Ant West, Dominique Aegerter, Gabor Talmacsi, Karel Abraham and Hector Faubel to scrap for the final podium spot.

First would come down to a straight fight between Bradl and Baldolini, and the German held the upper hand for most of the race. Baldolini had attacked Bradl throughout the race, but was rarely close enough to make it stick. That changed in the last couple of laps, with Baldolini launching a last ditch attempts as the race drew to a close. The Italian even got past a couple of times, leading across the line to start the penultimate lap, before Bradl forced his way back into the lead at turn 1. Baldolini crept back on the final lap, but could not quite get close enough as the flag was waved for the finish. Bradl took his maiden Moto2 victory, and his third ever win, forcing Baldolini to accept 2nd.

While Bradl had had control of the race at the front, the race for 3rd was completely open. The prime candidates for the top step were Sofuoglu, Aegerter and De Angelis, with Scott Redding pushing closely behind. Aegerter was quickly dispensed with by Sofuoglu and De Angelis, and it looked like Sofuoglu had his hands firmly on a podium at his first time at the track. But wiles and experience saw Alex de Angelis worm his way past on the final lap to take 3rd, the canny young Scott Redding taking advantage to come home 4th, ahead of Sofuoglu in 5th


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 65 Stefan BRADL SUTER 46'59.723  
2 25 Alex BALDOLINI I.C.P. 46'59.791 0.068
3 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 47'02.553 2.830
4 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 47'02.565 2.842
5 54 Kenan SOFUOGLU SUTER 47'02.670 2.947
6 35 Raffaele DE ROSA TECH 3 47'03.034 3.311
7 8 Anthony WEST MZ-RE HONDA 47'03.108 3.385
8 2 Gabor TALMACSI SPEED UP 47'03.675 3.952
9 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 47'04.007 4.284
10 17 Karel ABRAHAM FTR 47'04.034 4.311
11 55 Hector FAUBEL SUTER 47'04.215 4.492
12 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 47'12.729 13.006
13 80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 47'26.252 26.529
14 3 Simone CORSI MOTOBI 47'27.483 27.760
15 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 47'27.982 28.259
16 12 Thomas LUTHI MORIWAKI 47'28.034 28.311
17 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 47'28.056 28.333
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR-MOTO2 47'37.596 37.873
19 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 47'37.815 38.092
20 31 Carmelo MORALES SUTER 47'37.950 38.227
21 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 47'46.699 46.976
22 40 Sergio GADEA PONS KALEX 48'01.502 1'01.779
23 19 Xavier SIMEON MORIWAKI 48'25.595 1'25.872
24 10 Fonsi NIETO MORIWAKI 48'25.752 1'26.029
25 61 Vladimir IVANOV MORIWAKI 48'51.413 1'51.690
26 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI TECH 3 47'16.237 1 lap
27 70 Ferruccio LAMBORGHINI MORIWAKI 47'17.559 1 lap
28 88 Yannick GUERRA MORIWAKI 48'14.677 1 lap
29 95 Mashel AL NAIMI BQR-MOTO2 48'15.919 1 lap
Not Classified
  4 Ricard CARDUS BIMOTA 42'22.051 3 laps
  44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 41'01.190 4 laps
  7 Dani RIVAS BQR-MOTO2 35'07.061 7 laps
  24 Toni ELIAS MORIWAKI 33'35.409 9 laps
  14 Ratthapark WILAIROT BIMOTA 26'55.088 12 laps
  53 Valentin DEBISE ADV 24'37.533 13 laps
  9 Kenny NOYES PROMOHARRIS 25'22.689 13 laps
  56 Michael RANSEDER SUTER 10'28.505 21 laps
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What a ride by Sofuoglu, can't wait to see him in Valencia and 2011.

will be forthcoming as to the problems Sofuoglu had in the race; i.e. beating on the LH bar on the start/finish straight, also the aerial shot where the bike appeared to slow dramatically (and maybe tire issues ? )

If only..............., but still a superb result.

Shagged the right side of the tire is what i heard.

Great race! Good to see some new faces on the podium.

should have won the race, if he didn't crash I think he would have done it.
Started like 25th or something, made his way up to 4th before he went down.

Sofuoglu was bashing his handlebar because it was not quite adjusted right. His team were fixing the bike after his highside in warm up right up until he was ready to go out on the sighting lap, and the bars were not quite right. His shoulder was starting to hurt under braking, as his body position was a bit skewed, so he kept trying to bang them to where he wanted them. This meant he hit the kill switch a couple of times, cutting the engine (which is why he slowed dramatically).

He used his tires up really quickly, though, because this was the first time he'd ever ridden a Moto2 bike with the spec Dunlops. He had tested the Moto2 bike at Albacete with a tire from the Spanish Formula Extreme championship, which is a different construction and compound (the Formula Extreme bikes are similar to Superstock 1000s). Add to this the fact that the Moto2 bikes have a spec ECU, a simple slipper clutch and no traction control, as opposed to the top World Supersport bikes which are positively bristling with electronics nowadays.

Given that this was the first time Sofuoglu had been to Estoril, and his first race on the Moto2 bike, that was a pretty impressive outing.