2013 Qatar Moto2 Race Result: Close Dice Decided On Final Lap

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Qatar:

Pol Espargaro has confirmed his status as the favorite for the 2013 Moto2 title by winning the first race of the season. But the effort he had to put in to hold Scott Redding off throughout the race suggests that Espargaro does become champion, he will have to work very hard for it.

Practice had drawn a picture of three men battling at the front, and that was exactly what happened. Takaaki Nakagami took off like a scalded cat, dragging Espargaro and Redding in his wake. Nakagami pushed early to get a gap, but it was never enough to hold off the chasing pair, and on lap 8, Redding had hunted the Italtrans rider down and was close enough to put a pass on him. The pass unsettled Nakagami enough to force an error on the next lap, which allowed Espargaro through to chase Redding.

Redding led for the next 8 laps, with Espargaro close on his tail, but with four laps to go, Espargaro pulled out of Redding's draft and blasted by along the main straight, Redding's greater weight a disadvantage on the HP-limited Moto2 machines. Redding had one final chance on the last lap, and he got close enough to attack in the final section, but not quite close enough to get past. Espargaro went on to take the win and the lead in the championship, with Redding left to settle for 2nd. Nakagami rode a long and lonely race to take 3rd, and his first ever Grand Prix podium.


Pos No Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 40 Pol ESPARGARO Kalex 40'31.782
2 45 Scott REDDING Kalex 0.844
3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 12.098
4 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 18.910
5 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 18.933
6 60 Julian SIMON Kalex 19.018
7 3 Simone CORSI Speed Up 19.230
8 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Speed Up 19.452
9 80 Esteve RABAT Kalex 20.219
10 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 20.972
11 81 Jordi TORRES Suter 21.674
12 5 Johann ZARCO Suter 22.084
13 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 22.093
14 18 Nicolas TEROL Suter 22.496
15 24 Toni ELIAS Kalex 36.677
16 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Motobi 36.697
17 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 41.857
18 52 Danny KENT Tech 3 45.295
19 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Suter 47.673
20 33 Sergio GADEA Suter 54.197
21 9 Kyle SMITH Kalex 59.245
22 44 Steven ODENDAAL Speed Up +1'02.713
23 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI Moriwaki +1'04.294
24 7 Doni Tata PRADITA Suter +1'14.017
25 17 Alberto MONCAYO Speed Up +1'37.009
26 97 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Speed Up 1 Lap
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  14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Suter 5 Laps
  88 Ricard CARDUS Speed Up 12 Laps
  54 Mattia PASINI Speed Up 12 Laps
  95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 13 Laps
  49 Axel PONS Kalex 17 Laps
  96 Louis ROSSI Tech 3 17 Laps


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A fantastic race and Scott really was a tough opponent, just a little mistake in the end. The group 4th to 8th has an excting battle and even there a single mistake costed 3 places to Corsi.
Loved every bit of it.