2014 COTA Moto2 Race Result: Unscathed And Out Front

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Moto2 rookie Maverick Vinales won his first Moto2 race Sunday in only his second try in the series at the COTA. Vinales, the reigning Moto3 champion, started in sixth position and survived a chaotic early race to take the win by four seconds.

Tito Rabat, the pole sitter for the Austin race and the winner at Qatar, finished second after bad start left him back in the pack early in the contest. Dominic Aegerter, who led briefly, held on for third place, seven seconds behind the leader.

Mika Kallio, who briefly challenged Aegerter for third, settled into fourth. The result left him third in the championship points standings, five points behind Vinales and 12 shy of teammate and championship leader Rabat.

Simone Corsi rounded out the top five. Thomas Luthi (6th) won the COTA race last year.

Given his starting position, Vinales was a bit lucky to finish at all. Several crashes in a chaotic first three laps left multiple riders down including Johann Zarco,  Julian Simon, Luis Salom and American Josh Herrin. Simon remounted to finish. Herrin was able to remount but crashed a second time.

With 10 laps remaining, Vinales set to work. He consistently posted the race's fastest laps and worked his way through the pack to take the lead with six laps to go. He never looked back, extending his lead every lap until it stood at a massive four seconds by the race's end.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff
1 40 Maverick VIÑALES Kalex 41'31.520
2 53 Esteve RABAT Kalex 4.009
3 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 7.323
4 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 8.59
5 3 Simone CORSI Forward KLX 9.934
6 12 Thomas LUTHI Suter 16.987
7 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 17.561
8 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Suter 18.948
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Tech 3 19.72
10 88 Ricard CARDUS Tech 3 24.552
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 28.463
12 54 Mattia PASINI Forward KLX 43.955
13 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Suter 44.344
14 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 45.666
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 49.291
16 22 Sam LOWES Speed Up 51.154
17 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 51.331
18 25 Azlan SHAH Kalex 51.683
19 49 Axel PONS Kalex 52.113
20 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA TSR +1'02.103
21 97 Roman RAMOS Speed Up +1'02.346
22 10 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex +1'03.495
23 60 Julian SIMON Kalex +1'04.944
24 70 Robin MULHAUSER Suter +1'09.941
25 8 Gino REA Suter +1'20.330
26 81 Jordi TORRES Suter +1'33.781
Not Classified
  19 Xavier SIMEON Suter 2 Laps
  18 Nicolas TEROL Suter 3 Laps
  96 Louis ROSSI Kalex 11 Laps
  2 Josh HERRIN Caterham Suter 14 Laps
  94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 15 Laps
  7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Suter 16 Laps
  5 Johann ZARCO Caterham Suter 17 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  39 Luis SALOM Kalex 0 Lap


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Herrin certainly isn't making any friends this season is he? Two races, two first corner pile ups. Let's hope he can at least find some speed and quit languishing around the back of the pack.

Trying to pick up 15 places into turn one was wishful thinking at best.