2012 Silverstone Moto2 Race Result: Dominant Victory And Hard Podium Battle

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Silverstone:

Pol Espargaro has taken victory in the opening race of the day, capping a dominant weekend with a victory that was not in doubt after the halfway mark. After the disaster at his home race in Barcelona two weeks ago, Espargaro's title challenge is now firmly back on track, helped in no small part by Scott Redding holding off Marc Marquez to take 2nd.

It was clear right from the start that the British riders would play a big part in their home Grand Prix. Bradley Smith and Scott Redding elbowed their way to the front at the start, the race commencing with a battle between the two Brits with no quarter either taken nor given. Pol Espargaro sat patiently watching Smith and Redding taking chunks out of each other, while behind,  Andrea Iannone and Marc Marquez were on a charge as well. Smith did what he could to hang on, but could not stay with the front group, soon dropping back with Simone Corsi and Claudio Corti.

With Smith gone, it was Redding's turn to take over at the front, but it was clear that his lead would only be temporary. Pol Espargaro, who had dominated practice, was the fastest man on the track, and starting to get impatient to get past. The pass would happen on the way into Stowe, just before the halfway mark, and once Espargaro got past, he would prove impossible to catch. Though the Spaniard's advantage would never be huge, it was more than sufficient, and easily managed by Espargaro to secure the win.

The other podium places were not so easily settled. Andrea Iannone seemed set on a podium, but he could not hold on to the end. From lap 12, it was clear that Scott Redding and Marc Marquez would be scrapping over 2nd and 3rd, and the battle would grow more intense as the race neared its conclusion. Marquez looked like he would get away with two laps to go, but Redding soon closed the gap and started piling on the pressure. The British rider barged past at The Loop, only to have Marquez come back again at Stowe, but the race would only be settled in the final chicane. In a display of courage, skill and determination, Redding stuffed his Kalex inside Marquez' Suter at Vale, then held the outside line, squeezing off any chance for Marquez to come back underneath in the final corner. Redding held on to 2nd, demoting Marquez down to 3rd.

Espargaro's victory puts him up to 2nd in the championship, 6 points behind Marquez, but a time penalty still hangs over Marquez for the incident at Catalunya. If the FIM upholds that ruling, then Marquez will drop well down the standings, leaving Espargaro tied with Thomas Luthi at the top of the table.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 38'29.792  
2 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 38'31.254 1.462
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 38'31.313 1.521
4 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 38'32.643 2.851
5 3 Simone CORSI FTR 38'33.595 3.803
6 71 Claudio CORTI KALEX 38'36.901 7.109
7 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 38'37.419 7.627
8 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 38'37.461 7.669
9 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 38'45.639 15.847
10 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 38'49.971 20.179
11 15 Alex DE ANGELIS SUTER 38'50.242 20.450
12 24 Toni ELIAS SUTER 38'52.809 23.017
13 80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 38'52.947 23.155
14 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER KALEX 38'53.028 23.236
15 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT SUTER 38'54.299 24.507
16 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 38'56.210 26.418
17 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER KALEX 38'57.835 28.043
18 63 Mike DI MEGLIO SPEED UP 38'58.157 28.365
19 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 38'58.369 28.577
20 18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 39'05.892 36.100
21 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 39'09.265 39.473
22 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 39'09.510 39.718
23 88 Ricard CARDUS AJR 39'09.787 39.995
24 8 Gino SUTER 39'10.285 40.493
25 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI SUTER 39'11.262 41.470
26 47 Angel RODRIGUEZ BIMOTA 39'32.403 1'02.611
27 95 Anthony WEST MORIWAKI 39'35.116 1'05.324
28 7 Alexander LUNDH MZ-RE HONDA 39'38.730 1'08.938
29 10 Marco COLANDREA FTR 40'04.787 1'34.995
30 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI FTR 40'12.567 1'42.775
31 82 Elena ROSELL MORIWAKI 40'13.894 1'44.102
32 57 Eric GRANADO MOTOBI 40'27.843 1'58.051
Not Classified
  49 Axel PONS KALEX 15'13.036 11 laps
  5 Johann ZARCO MOTOBI 3'12.358 17 laps


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Amazing show from Scott. Was at my first GP for the weekend, sat at Club corner for the races today.

Marquez made a mistake out of Stowe on the last lap, got a big wobble, that is how Redding got alongside and past.

The whole stand erupted when Scott got by, then there was a big hush and held breath when he ran wide, big cheer when he got through the 2nd part of Vale safely, then another hush when it looked like Marquez would get back past into Club. Massive roar when Scott leant in and closed off the way past!

This all happened in about 3 seconds, absolutely brilliant to be there, definitely going back!

On the last few laps we saw Redding unable even to get a taste of a draft from Marquez on every straight but as soon as Redding is in front Marc is able to power past on the back straight. And then cut across Redding's front yet again. They had similar corner entry and mid-corner speeds, it just seems that Marquez's bike had a bit more oomph.

Maybe his team is not cheating but the cash advantage is definitely showing in optimizing the components the teams are allowed to modify (exhaust, some intake air ducting and aero). So much for leveling the playing field. I think if Marquez was not on the biggest dollar team in the paddock his results would be lower.


It's always been like that, riders like Rossi or Pedrosa with the best equipment available from the very start of their GP career.
Obviously it helps, but did anybody complain about that when it was Rossi?
Among the star riders, Stoner is the lone exception to that rule (living in a windowless van, fighting on good-but-not-the-best bikes and so on).

This is near spec racing rebranded as GP racing because of the flawed concept that the spec engine will level the playing field.

My complaint is not that Rossi got good equipment or that Stoner didn't, but that a spec engine in a GP class is a. ridiculous, b. not a way to level performance, and c. ignoring the fact that given access to money, teams will spend it and gain an advantage. The more restrictions there are in a rulebook the more important it is to have money to make the difference.


to me the advantage of money was infinitely larger when it could buy you better engineers and an Aprilia RSA instead of an Aprilia RSW.
Now it would only buy you the best engineers and a better aerodynamic package.
Not better electronics, not a 10-15 hp advantage.
The "money advantage" being much smaller (if not the overall racing budget), this is definitely a more level playing field, as proven by the varied podium contenders.

Just an example, in 2011 we have had 15 different Moto2 riders on the podium, almost half of the riders have scored a podium during the season!

Someone who has seen the data tells me Marquez just gets on the power earlier than other riders. That translates to higher top speeds. The money his team has buys the best engineers who can set up the bike to allow him to do that. As you say, teams with money will always win, because they can find the area to spend the money and make the difference.