2011 Motegi Moto2 Race Result: Comfortable Victory And Close Podium Fight

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Motegi:

Andrea Iannone has taken his third victory of the year, winning the Moto2 race at Motegi in commanding style. With Marc Marquez finishing 2nd and Stefan Bradl finishing in 4th, Marquez takes over the lead in the championship for the first time, leading Bradl by a single point.

Iannone got the strongest start of the front row sitters, the Italian benefiting from his strong qualifying result, and dived into the first corner in the lead, with Marquez behind him and Thomas Luthi slotting in behind the Spaniard. But Iannone was unleashed from the very start of the race, pushing hard to try to string the field out from the beginning. Marquez followed, with Simone Corsi in his wake, the Italian having elbowed his way past Luthi on lap 2, but the leading trio were soon joined by championship leader Stefan Bradl. The Viessmann Kiefer rider had done a great job of working his way forward from 8th on the grid, latching on to the back of the leading group on lap 4.

The four remained close for the first half of the race, with Iannone clearly the strongest, leading the race with just the smallest amount of clear air between himself and Marquez, while Corsi and Bradl kept close on Marquez' tail. Behind the leaders, Thomas Luthi had recovered his composure, and was closing on the front group, bringing Alex de Angelis in his wake. But as the Swiss rider and the Italian closed on the front, Iannone and Marquez started to pull away, the gap just under a second at first, then growing as the laps started to tick off.

Victory would be down to either Iannone or to Marquez, and it was the Speed Master rider who appeared to hold the better cards. Iannone pushed, but Marquez held the gap stable, biding his time in the hope that the Italian would make a mistake. That happened on lap 19, Iannone's Suter missing a gear, allowing Marquez into the lead easily. But the incident served only to spur Iannone on to greater heights, the Italian quickly closing down the Spaniard, then passing Marquez at the end of the back straight a lap later. Iannone pushed on, quickly pulling a gap, forcing Marquez to settle for 2nd, and safe points. Iannone's margin of victory was small, but belied the dominant style in which it was taken.

Behind the two leaders, the battle for the final podium spot was fierce, and with the added complication of Stefan Bradl wanting to maximize his points. Simone Corsi had made the early running, until barged aside by Bradl when Iannone and Marquez looked like getting away. But with Bradl and Corsi focused on each other, it was Thomas Luthi who ended up winning the battle for 3rd, sliding first past Corsi, then past Bradl to take the final podium spot. Bradl was forced to settle for 4th, giving away 7 points to Marquez, 1 more than his championship lead.

With Marquez now leading the title race - albeit by the narrowest of margins - Japan could mark a key point in the championship. This moment has been coming for a long time, and with Marquez in almost indomitable form - he was incapable of beating Iannone at Motegi, but had done so with great ease at the previous race at Aragon - hope must be running out for Stefan Bradl. The championship is tight, but the momentum of the championship has clearly swung in Marquez' favor.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 29 Andrea IANNONE SUTER 43'25.007  
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 43'27.006 1.999
3 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 43'28.693 3.686
4 65 Stefan BRADL KALEX 43'29.320 4.313
5 3 Simone CORSI FTR 43'29.654 4.647
6 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 43'29.820 4.813
7 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 43'35.527 10.520
8 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 43'35.732 10.725
9 34 Esteve RABAT FTR 43'36.394 11.387
10 36 Mika KALLIO SUTER 43'37.810 12.803
11 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 43'43.266 18.259
12 13 Anthony WEST MZ-RE HONDA 43'45.822 20.815
13 51 Michele PIRRO MORIWAKI 43'48.802 23.795
14 75 Mattia PASINI FTR 43'49.395 24.388
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO FTR 43'59.078 34.071
16 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 44'03.243 38.236
17 9 Kenny NOYES FTR 44'04.512 39.505
18 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER MZ-RE HONDA 44'04.616 39.609
19 54 Kenan SOFUOGLU SUTER 44'07.303 42.296
20 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 44'09.169 44.162
21 53 Valentin DEBISE FTR 44'11.669 46.662
22 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT FTR 44'11.957 46.950
23 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ FTR 44'14.632 49.625
24 4 Randy KRUMMENACHE KALEX 44'15.597 50.590
25 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 44'17.051 52.044
26 6 Joan OLIVE FTR 44'17.372 52.365
27 63 Mike DI MEGLIO TECH 3 44'27.880 1'02.873
28 7 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA TSR TSR 45'00.566 1'35.559
29 95 Mashel AL NAIMI MORIWAKI 45'00.778 1'35.771
30 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 43'30.959 1 lap
31 40 Aleix ESPARGARO PONS KALEX 43'53.990 3 laps
Not Classified
  80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 32'37.869 6 laps
  64 Santiago HERNANDEZ FTR 32'56.470 6 laps
  18 Jordi TORRES SUTER    
  35 Raffaele DE ROSA SUTER    
  88 Ricard CARDUS MORIWAKI    


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Crossing fingers MotoGP race is that good but not betting on it judging by this year so far.

Great to see Ant doing better in the dry since Warren Willing came on board