Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Mugello:
Marc Marquez has won his second race in a row, taking a hard-fought victory in the Moto2 race at Mugello, fighting off hard challenges from Bradley Smith and Stefan Bradl all race long.
Marquez got the drop off the line, Smith following on the Tech 3 machine, quickly putting space between them and Alex de Angelis. Stefan Bradl had got caught up at the start, but soon made up places and by the 2nd lap, had pass De Angelis and was chasing the leading pair. By lap 4, all four were together, and tightly following one another.
The discipline of the group deteriorated as the race went on, and by half way, Bradl, Marquez and Smith were swapping paint for the lead. The front four were soon joined by Andrea Iannone, the Italian once again fighting hs way forward after a terrible start. Iannone added a wildcard to the group, passing Smith, De Angelis and Bradl before dropping back having used up his tires.
With Iannone gone, De Angelis was next, eventually giving up on the pace. The podium would be settled between Marquez, Bradl and Smith, and was decided at the very end of the race. Smith dived ahead of Marquez, but not far enough to fend the Spaniard off at the next chicane. Marquez put a hard pass on Smith to take back the lead, Bradl following the Spaniard to demote the Tech 3 rider to 3rd.
With his 3rd victory of the season, Marquez has clawed back some points from Bradl in the championship. But the German's grip on the title is still very firm indeed.
|3||38||Bradley SMITH||TECH 3||40'03.360||0.419|
|4||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||MOTOBI||40'05.032||2.091|
|8||76||Max NEUKIRCHNER||MZ-RE HONDA||40'16.350||13.409|
|9||40||Aleix ESPARGARO||PONS KALEX||40'17.080||14.139|
|12||19||Xavier SIMEON||TECH 3||40'20.937||17.996|
|21||13||Anthony WEST||MZ-RE HONDA||40'33.719||30.778|
|24||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||TECH 3||40'38.941||36.000|
|31||95||Mashel AL NAIMI||MORIWAKI||40'04.370||1|
|14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||FTR||27'31.431||7 laps|
|25||Alex BALDOLINI||SUTER||21'28.927||10 laps|
|70||Mattia TAROZZI||SUTER||21'58.604||10 laps|
|68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||FTR||13'29.485||14 laps|
|24||Tommaso LORENZETTI||FTR||11'49.650||15 laps|
|51||Michele PIRRO||MORIWAKI||5'56.805||18 laps|
|35||Raffaele DE ROSA||SUTER|