2012 Assen Moto2 Race Result: Duel Decided On Last Lap

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Assen:

Marc Marquez has taken a deeply impressive victory in the Moto2 race at Assen, and with it, taking a big lead in the championship. Misfortune for both Pol Espargaro and Thomas Luthi meant that Marquez got maximum benefit from the 25 points his third win of the season brings him.

The odds for Marquez did not look good at the start. Dominique Aegerter surged to the front of the race from the start, with Andrea Iannone in his wake. Pol Espargaro looked to be on a mission, though, charging past Aegerter on the way into the GT Chicane for the first lap and starting to get a gap. His lead would not last long, however: a mistake at the Ruskenhoek saw Espargaro crash out on just the 2nd lap, his bike totally written though Espargaro himself was unhurt.

With Espargaro out, it was Andrea Iannone's turn to try to push on. The Italian worked his way past Aegerter and Scott Redding, the British rider having another outstanding race, leaving Marc Marquez to deal with Dominique Aegerter, and losing ground all the time. In the end, Redding couldn't match Iannone's pace, and the Italian quickly pulled a gap of nearly 4 seconds. 

At that point, the race looked over, with Iannone running fast and smooth at the front, but Marc Marquez was starting to come into his own. He upped the pace beyond anything anyone else could match, and once past Aegerter and Redding, started lapping a second faster than the second fastest man Iannone. Marquez reeled Iannone in, catching the Italian with 4 laps to go. Catching him proved easy, getting past - and staying ahead - much more difficult. It took the Spaniard three attempts, finally posting a move around the outside of the Haarbocht at the end of the front straight. Iannone tried one last desperate move back, stuffing his bike underneath Marquez' at the Stekkenwal, but the Italian ran wide and allowed Marquez straight back again. Marquez held on to take an impressive victory, coming back from a considerable distance behind. 

The crashes by Pol Espargaro and Thom Luthi - taken out in the Strubben hairpin when Ratthapark Wilairot lost the front and crashed - leaves Marquez sitting pretty at the top of the championship, with a lead of 23 points over Iannone. Espargaro and Luthi are now 31 points down on the Spaniard.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 39'43.170  
2 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 39'43.575 0.405
3 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 39'50.501 7.331
4 80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 39'50.800 7.630
5 15 Alex DE ANGELIS FTR 39'51.022 7.852
6 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 39'51.748 8.578
7 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 39'53.187 10.017
8 5 Johann ZARCO MOTOBI 39'57.651 14.481
9 24 Toni ELIAS SUTER 39'57.884 14.714
10 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 39'57.904 14.734
11 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER KALEX 39'58.114 14.944
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 40'05.276 22.106
13 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 40'06.238 23.068
14 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 40'06.702 23.532
15 63 Mike DI MEGLIO SPEED UP 40'06.903 23.733
16 71 Claudio CORTI KALEX 40'08.789 25.619
17 18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 40'09.083 25.913
18 88 Ricard CARDUS AJR 40'09.144 25.974
19 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 40'17.810 34.640
20 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI FTR 40'27.227 44.057
21 95 Anthony WEST MORIWAKI 40'27.909 44.739
22 8 Gino SUTER 40'42.954 59.784
23 10 Marco COLANDREA FTR 40'53.295 1'10.125
24 57 Eric GRANADO MOTOBI 40'55.309 1'12.139
25 82 Elena ROSELL MORIWAKI 41'16.403 1'33.233
Not Classified
  76 Max NEUKIRCHNER KALEX 38'26.321 1 lap
  7 Alexander LUNDH MZ-RE HONDA  37'06.916 2 laps
  3 Simone CORSI FTR 23'17.091 10 laps
  50 Damian CUDLIN BIMOTA 24'13.732 10 laps
  49 Axel PONS KALEX 14'11.609 16 laps
  14 Ratthapark WILAIROT SUTER 8'54.654 19 laps
  40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 1'45.940 23 laps
  12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER    


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Class act Marquez, him and Rossi would make a brilliant team, teach Marc everything he knows and retire and Marquez I suspect ,would rule for a while..
Go ride from Scott as well but if he'd stayed with Marquez instead of trying to wreck both their races he might not have been further up but he'd have more hair..(hair also has a long memory....)