2014 Qatar Moto2 Race Result: The Marc Of Success - UPDATED

Updated Results Below:

Tito Rabat held off a slipstreaming Takaaka Nakagami to win the first Moto2 race of the 2014 season at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Pole-sitter Rabat won by only four-hundredths of a second, roughly a bike length at the Sunday evening event. Nakagami (2nd) led much of the race but was passed by Rabat with seven laps to go. Mike Kallio rode home in a steady third while nursing severe back bruising from a serious crash during Saturday's qualifying.

Rabat's win and teammate Kallio's third gave the Marc VDS Racing Team a strong start to the new season.

Thomas Luthi took fourth over last year's Moto3 champion and fifth-place finisher, Maverick Vinales.

Initially, Nakagami raced out front and began opening a slight gap as the rest of the field fought for position in the first handful of laps. But with nine laps remaining, Rabat began closing in. Two laps later, Rabat drafted past Nakagami on the circuit's long front straight and held on through the first corner and beyond. However, Nakagami stayed close with Kallio right on his heels.

On the final lap, Nakagami put considerable pressure on the race leader and the pair opened a slight gap on Kallio. After the final corner, the Japanese rider attempted to make the same slipstream passing move while racing to the finish line. But Rabat managed to hold on to win by a bike-length. Kallio, who didn't keep pace on the hectic final lap, finished third.

~~~ UPDATE ~~~

After the race was over, Nakagami's Kalex Honda was found to have been fitted with an illegal air filter. Nakagami was disqualified, and everybody moved up one position. This means Mika Kallio is awarded 2nd position, and Tom Luthi awarded 3rd.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 53 Esteve RABAT Kalex 40'20.963
2 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 1.059
3 12 Thomas LUTHI Suter 3.741
4 40 Maverick VIÑALES Kalex 4.043
5 3 Simone CORSI Forward KLX 5.830
6 22 Sam LOWES Speed Up 14.170
7 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 24.943
8 81 Jordi TORRES Suter 25.196
9 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 25.322
10 96 Louis ROSSI Kalex 26.687
11 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 26.873
12 88 Ricard CARDUS Tech 3 26.914
13 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Suter 31.671
14 39 Luis SALOM Kalex 40.588
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 40.695
16 60 Julian SIMON Kalex 41.810
17 54 Mattia PASINI Forward KLX 44.030
18 25 Azlan SHAH Kalex 52.813
19 97 Roman RAMOS Speed Up 53.563
20 10 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex +1'10.995
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA TSR +1'11.391
22 70 Robin MULHAUSER Suter +1'11.811
23 5 Johann ZARCO Caterham Suter +1'52.348
24 19 Xavier SIMEON Suter +1'52.446
25 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1 Lap
  30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 0 Lap
Not Classified        
  7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Suter 1 Lap
  77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 5 Laps
  18 Nicolas TEROL Suter 5 Laps
  23 Marcel SCHROTTER Tech 3 9 Laps
  49 Axel PONS Kalex 9 Laps
  98 Mashel AL NAIMI Speed Up 16 Laps
  8 Gino REA Suter 18 Laps
  15 Alex DE ANGELIS Suter 0 Lap
  2 Josh HERRIN Caterham Suter 0 Lap


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Man I was cheering for Nakagami at the end, he almost got it.

Quality by Rabat though, hanging back at the start and then slicing back to the front.

What a damned shame for Xavier Simeon. another come togehter with De Angelis (their 5th ?) but was Herin's fault ? anyway, his racepace on a bike that had crashed was at least better than 8th finisher Cortese. I strongly believed he could have been on the podium.