2012 Valencia Moto2 Race Result: Scintillating Charge Brings Awe-Inspiring Victory

Results and summary of an impressive Moto2 race at Valencia:

Marc Marquez has said farewell to the Moto2 class with a perfect display of riding in difficult conditions, charging all the way through the field from the back of the grid to take victory in the final race of the season. He leaves the class with 9 victories this season, having dominated almost throughout.

Marquez had a lot of work to do before he could take the win, however. Starting from the back of the grid after a penalty for an incident with Simone Corsi on Friday, the Spaniard had worked his way through half the field by the time he got up to the second corner. There, however, he found himself on the outside of a large group which pushed him wide, losing a great deal of the gains he had made. But by the end of the lap he had already made it up to 11th, but the front group was starting to break away.

It was Pol Espargaro who had led from the line, with Nico Terol flying by into the lead at the first corner. Terol, Espargaro and Thomas Luthi made a break at the front, but in the wet, Espargaro could not display the dominance he had when it was dry. Espargaro started going backwards, while Julian Simon on the Avintia Suter was on a charge going forwards.

While Terol started to pull a gap from the rest, Julian Simon started to hunt his fellow Spaniard down. The chase did not last long: by lap 8 Simon was with Terol, by lap 9 he was past, and starting to extend his lead.

Behind the two Spaniards, a group fought to fight over the final spot on the podium, led by Tech 3's Xavier Simeon, and including Dominique Aegerter, Gino Rea, Johann Zarco and Marc Marquez, the Catalunya Caixa rider now up to speed. Simeon and Zarco crashed out, and Marquez tried to make his way past Rea, but the young Englishman would not give up his spot easily. Attacks and counter attacks followed, but eventually Marquez would not be denied, working his way past Rea before quickly disposing of Aegerter. Rea tried to follow, but lost the front in the wet, crashing out of the race.

Now clear, Marquez went on to demonstrate just why he is considered such a special prospect by many. Simon led, 2 seconds ahead of Terol, who was in turn some 8 seconds in front of Marquez. But Marquez was fast, over a second a lap quicker than anyone on the track, and he had the slowing Terol in his sights. Marquez took 4 laps to catch the Mapfre Aspar man, dispatching him with a hard move at a fast part of the track. He then put his sights on Simon, catching him with 2 laps to go, and passing him with relative ease over the straight. Simon tried to resist, staying with Marquez for a while, but he could do nothing to prevent Marquez from winning. Simon settled for 2nd, while Terol held on to 3rd.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 48'50.706  
2 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 48'51.962 1.256
3 18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 49'02.078 11.372
4 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 49'03.712 13.006
5 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 49'04.531 13.825
6 81 Jordi TORRES SUTER 49'18.617 27.911
7 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 49'27.044 36.338
8 40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 49'29.041 38.335
9 24 Toni ELIAS KALEX 49'30.125 39.419
10 80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 49'30.182 39.476
11 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 49'30.913 40.207
12 8 Gino SUTER 49'31.903 41.197
13 17 Dani RIVAS KALEX 49'32.474 41.768
14 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI FTR 49'32.649 41.943
15 88 Ricard CARDUS AJR 49'33.009 42.303
16 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 49'33.770 43.064
17 3 Simone CORSI FTR 49'40.676 49.970
18 75 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA SUTER 49'42.345 51.639
19 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER KALEX 49'43.904 53.198
20 49 Axel PONS KALEX 49'45.338 54.632
21 23 Marcel SCHROTTER BIMOTA 49'47.107 56.401
22 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 49'47.680 56.974
23 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI SPEED UP 49'50.385 59.679
24 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT SUTER 50'06.907 1'16.201
25 54 Mattia PASINI FTR 50'07.058 1'16.352
26 28 Roman RAMOS FTR 50'09.060 1'18.354
27 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 50'16.940 1'26.234
28 63 Mike DI MEGLIO KALEX 50'20.236 1'29.530
29 57 Eric GRANADO MOTOBI 49'43.555 1 lap
30 97 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO SPEED UP 49'58.806 2 laps
Not Classified
  82 Elena ROSELL SPEED UP 32'05.103 10 laps
  30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 26'51.110 13 laps
  5 Johann ZARCO MOTOBI 18'24.475 17 laps


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I'm wondering now if he has a problem with peripheral vision as he doesn't seem to see the bikes he is running into, he just hits them like he hasn't seen them. He is focussed on the line he wants, that's all. If this is not the problem he has a mental problem and he is a danger to himself and others on the track.

He seems to ride as if no one else is there. 'Riding your own race' is one thing and complete disregard is another. The only non-critical explanation is his eyesight. He's dangerous in a completely different way than Simoncelli was. He doesn't push the limit, he literally doesn't see a limit. This will end in someones death or exciting racing (after Lornezo's complaints fall on deaf ears and he decides to ride as aggressively as he did in the 125s.) Or maybe, if he can catch him, Rossi will show him how to safely punt someone into the gravel in the final turn at Jerez!

Bring on a Stoner-less Qatar!

For someone who passed 30+ riders, one harsh move seems not too bad.

Btw, what's going on with your nickname? Isn't the joke wearing a little thin?

His brilliant race from last to first again was amazing. And he did seem to recognize he went over the line, after the fact. It's just that the variety of dangerous moves he makes seem like brilliant mistakes, as if he didn't see the riders.

I'll change it back in celebration of CS27's retirement! (As soon as I believe it's for real. It's too good to be true)

Is permanent. He is never, ever coming back to MotoGP. Don't worry. You will probably want to change your name to Marquezmatters or Lorenzomatters now.

I don't know what happened there, maybe he thought Aegerter will brake later. Marquez seemed very careful throughout the race.

Besides that one mistake, what a ride, a classic!

I reserved judgement about how Marc would do after a step up next year. The blatant ram into Aegerter ironically shows how hes on a different level. His level of focus and commitment has me convinced he will be keeping that factory ride. Im surprised if they haven't had a word with him or penalized him though, fortunately Aegerter stayed upright.