2014 Assen Moto2 Race Result: Fortune Favors The Brave

Full Recap and Results Below:

Anthony West has taken a nail biting and romantic victory for the Moto2 race at Assen, it was the Australian's second Grand Prix win after taking his first victory eleven years ago at the very same track. After starting from 23rd on the grid the Speed Up rider carved through the field on the opening laps and eventually held of a stern last ditch challenge from Maverick Vinales and Mika Kallio to achieve a highly popular result. The race was initially delayed by twenty minutes when conditions transformed from lovely sunshine to torrential rain and hail as the teams prepared on the grid. The track began to dry out as the field lined up for the second time and riders had to make the decision to run on wet tyres or gamble on slicks.

More heavy rain fell as the race started and the riders that chose slicks were left to rue their decision as many of them had to pit and change to wets. As the race progressed the track began to dry out considerably and the wet weather tyres began to complain, slip and slide. Johann Zarco finished in fourth place some seven seconds behind the leaders but ahead of Alex DeAngelis and Tom Luthi. Julian Simon ended the race in seventh ahead of Championship leader Tito Rabat who rode a measured race to accumulate points and stay out of trouble. Lorenzo Baldassarri and Hafizh Syahrin rounded out the top ten.

British Moto2 rookie Sam Lowes unfortunately crashed on lap nine whilst challenging Simone Corsi for the race win. Corsi then amazingly threw away a comfortable ten second advantage a couple of laps later, handing the lead to West. Luis Salom crashed out of third place with four laps remaining as West and Vinales ramped up the pace and tested the limits of grip. 

Full Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 25 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 46'02.089
2 20 40 Maverick VIÑALES Kalex 0.318
3 16 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 0.743
4 13 5 Johann ZARCO Caterham Suter 7.300
5 11 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Suter 11.253
6 10 12 Thomas LUTHI Suter 14.932
7 9 60 Julian SIMON Kalex 17.658
8 8 53 Esteve RABAT Kalex 20.177
9 7 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Suter 25.260
10 6 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 50.761
11 5 8 Gino REA Suter 51.526
12 4 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Tech 3 51.692
13 3 3 Simone CORSI Kalex 57.108
14 2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex +1'06.613
15 1 39 Luis SALOM Kalex +1'15.500
16   88 Ricard CARDUS Tech 3 +1'17.239
17   54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +1'17.528
18   2 Josh HERRIN Caterham Suter +1'42.178
19   97 Roman RAMOS Speed Up +1'48.124
20   45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA TSR 1 Lap
21   77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1 Lap
22   18 Nicolas TEROL Suter 1 Lap
23   94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 2 Laps
24   21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2 Laps
25   19 Xavier SIMEON Suter 2 Laps
26   81 Jordi TORRES Suter 2 Laps
27   70 Robin MULHAUSER Suter 2 Laps
28   96 Louis ROSSI Kalex 3 Laps
29   10 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex 4 Laps
Not Classified
    11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 6 Laps
    4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Suter 12 Laps
    22 Sam LOWES Speed Up 16 Laps
    49 Axel PONS Kalex 17 Laps
    25 Azlan SHAH Kalex 21 Laps


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I would love someone to explain Anthony West to me.
How can a rider be so consistently fast in wet or partially wet conditions but not be able to translate the bike control and feel that bad conditions require into the same speed in the dry?
I know his bikes have never been top shelf and there have been suggestions that his bike set up skills are not the best but I still don't get it.
Fantastic result, big enigma to me.

I'm guessing that if anyone were to know the answer to that, it would be Westy himself. If that were true, he'd be doing his level best to fix it, so one can only assume even he doesn't understand why, or it's totally beyond his control...

Nevertheless, awesome result. Great job, Westy.

It really does show his level of skil in the wet. I would be interested to see his lap times in the dry vs wet at the same circuit and I am guessing that he goes pretty much the same pace in wet and dry taking into account different tyre performance. He just doesn't seem to worry about the wet as much as many others.

I think you have stated some of the reasons in your second sentence - "I know his bikes have never been top shelf ... ".

You can ride around a poor (er) bike for a number of laps but it gets progressively harder to hold out the better bikes as tyre wear progresses. If you look at Ant West's qualifying and race patterns it is there to see - early fast times that gradually get overtaken in Qualifying, and amazing first 2 - 3 laps on cold tyres in races raising from mid 20's grid positions to top 10's then slowly drifting back as the tyres on his bike go off.

All the riders in this race were struggling with rubber that was shot and so were unable to use their better bikes - seeing Aegerter shoot away on a rear slick with a huge grip advantage was eye opening ... once he got out of the way that is lol!!

He showed in MotoGp on the widow maker Kawasaki that he has a heap of talent, and when Warren Willing was running his bike set up late 2012 he had some very good results. So ... bike or set up? A fair bit of both I think.

I understand your point and agree in part but machine disadvantage simply cannot explain it all. For starters if it did, he would easily out perform his team mates. A quick search through MotoGP.com shows this is not the situation so there must be more to it than that.

In part, I think he is simply less troubled by the rain- something that immediately puts three quarters of the field on the back foot thus with his bravery he has a double boost.

Also, I think manicmoose hit the nail on the head: the person most likely to know is Westy and if he did know he would know how to address it. It is clear from interviews he does not so cannot.

Nobody's mentioned Gino Rea's superb ride, so I will. He's another rider that's very good in the wet. Often, as with Westy, those conditions repay smoothness and patience and iron out the differences in bike setup, kit and budget.

Top work, that man. More of the same, please.

Yes, I had expectations for an Aussie to appear on the podium yesterday, just didn't expect for it to be Ant West........
Miller binned it going too hard too early in Moto3, and Westy continued to mark his dominance when the field is thrust onto treaded tyres. Good on him, it was a brave ride.