2014 Jerez Moto2 Race Results: Lesson Taught In Subdued Affair

Full Report and Results Below:

Mika Kallio has turned in a superlative performance to take a dominant flag-to-flag victory at the Spanish Moto2 Grand Prix in Jerez, the experienced Finn flew out of the blocks from the opening lap and was never headed as he rubber stamped his Championship challenging credentials. The race was an unusually spread out affair as the Marc VDS rider finished two and half seconds clear of Dominique Aegerter, the Suisse rider continued his fine form, following up third and fourth place finishes in the rounds prior to take his best ever Moto2 result. Promising young German rider Jonas Folger also claimed his best ever Moto2 finish to take the final podium position, a further second behind.

Championship front runner Tito Rabat had a difficult race after making an uncharacteristically poor start from eighth on the grid, he managed to battle his way through the field but had to settle for finishing almost two seconds away from the podium places. The Tuenti Pons duo of Maverick Vinales and Luis Salom finished in fifth and sixth places respectively and also provided the bulk of the on-track entertainment for their home crowd in the closing laps, the rookie duo fought out a spirited, skillful and fair scrap that went down to the wire. 

Belgian rider Xavier Simeon took a lonely eighth place ahead of Johann Zarco, who pipped Sandro Cortese to the line in a last minute dash while Thomas Luthi completed the top ten. While the race lacked in an over abundance of drama created by racing action, there were several crashes and retirements throughout. Lorenzo Baldassarri, Louis Rossi, Marcel Schrotter, and Takaaki Nakagami all came to grief at different stages of the race, Nakagami crashed on the final lap after setting a personal best lap time while pushing hard to catch Tom Luthi. Sam Lowes and Simone Corsi also both managed to crash, rejoin the race and then crash again, forcing them to eventually retire in unceremonious fashion. Thankfully all riders managed to walk away with only varying degrees of damage to their pride.

Kallio's emphatic win see's him chop his team mate Rabat's Championship lead to fifteen points heading to the French Grand Prix in Le Mans in two weeks time. 

Full Results: 

Pos. Points Num. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 44'56.004
2 20 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2.434
3 16 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 3.668
4 13 53 Esteve RABAT Kalex 5.431
5 11 40 Maverick VIÑALES Kalex 9.786
6 10 39 Luis SALOM Kalex 11.356
7 9 19 Xavier SIMEON Suter 18.112
8 8 5 Johann ZARCO Caterham Suter 21.508
9 7 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 21.608
10 6 12 Thomas LUTHI Suter 22.811
11 5 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 43.284
12 4 81 Jordi TORRES Suter 43.405
13 3 88 Ricard CARDUS Tech 3 43.906
14 2 60 Julian SIMON Kalex 44.100
15 1 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Suter 44.434
16   49 Axel PONS Kalex 44.708
17   15 Alex DE ANGELIS Suter 45.004
18   54 Mattia PASINI Forward KLX 45.987
19   14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Caterham Suter 47.440
20   21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 57.176
21   55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex +1'02.628
22   45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA TSR +1'03.716
23   97 Roman RAMOS Speed Up +1'04.330
24   25 Azlan SHAH Kalex +1'05.423
25   57 Edgar PONS Kalex +1'05.657
26   8 Gino REA Suter +1'06.666
27   70 Robin MULHAUSER Suter +1'13.620
28   10 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex +1'19.045
Not Classified
    30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1 Lap
    3 Simone CORSI Forward KLX 2 Laps
    22 Sam LOWES Speed Up 8 Laps
    23 Marcel SCHROTTER Tech 3 15 Laps
    96 Louis ROSSI Kalex 18 Laps
    7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Suter 21 Laps

 

Round Number: 
4
2014
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