2014 Motegi Moto2 Race Result: A Turn-Up For The Books

Full Recap and Results below:

Thomas Luthi has claimed an unexpectedly comfortable victory for the Moto2 race at Motegi - In a calculated display the Suisse rider handed out a lesson in how to ride at the front and control a race. Luthi had a fantastic start aboard his Suter as both he and Johan Zarco mobbed Tito Rabat away from the line and into turn one. Mika Kallio and Maverick Vinales were quick to follow them through as Rabat was left floundering. Luthi managed to edge away with metronomic consistency as Vinales and Rabat were left to scrap it out over second place having left Zarco and Kallio behind.

Luthi had built his lead to over two seconds by the half-way stage of the race as Vinales tried desperately to bridge the gap. With six laps to go Vinales had managed to reduce Luthi's lead to an even second, however the race-long leader was the epitome of composure, managed the gap and held on to take his third Moto2 victory, his first in over two years. MotoGP-bound Maverick Vinales crossed the line in second place; two seconds ahead of clear pre-race favourite Tito Rabat.

After a difficult opening to the race Rabat could afford to settle and just accrue Championship points as his main title rival Kallio struggled further down the field. Frenchman Johan Zarco claimed fourth place ahead of Kallio who narrowly managed to hold off Italtrans rider Julian Simon. Simon's team mate Franco Morbidelli took seventh spot while Hafizh Syahrin, Ricky Cardus and Xavier Simeon rounded out the top ten.

Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 12 Thomas LUTHI Suter 42'50.219
2 20 40 Maverick VIÑALES Kalex 1.209
3 16 53 Esteve RABAT Kalex 3.631
4 13 5 Johann ZARCO Caterham Suter 7.797
5 11 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 8.472
6 10 60 Julian SIMON Kalex 8.881
7 9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 11.203
8 8 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 17.509
9 7 88 Ricard CARDUS Tech 3 18.424
10 6 19 Xavier SIMEON Suter 21.192
11 5 81 Jordi TORRES Suter 22.646
12 4 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 23.303
13 3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 26.077
14 2 8 Gino REA Suter 26.708
15 1 39 Luis SALOM Kalex 28.921
16   96 Louis ROSSI Kalex 29.312
17   7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Suter 31.192
18   77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 33.956
19   14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Caterham Suter 41.606
20   20 Florian MARINO Kalex 42.031
21   4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Suter 42.133
22   18 Nicolas TEROL Suter 44.568
23   71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA NTS 45.571
24   25 Azlan SHAH Kalex 51.944
25   10 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex 52.398
26   72 Yuki TAKAHASHI Moriwaki 53.160
27   97 Roman RAMOS Speed Up 58.088
28   70 Robin MULHAUSER Suter +1'06.689
29   23 Marcel SCHROTTER Tech 3 +1'15.937
30   65 Chalermpol POLAMAI Tech 3 +1'22.685
Not Classified
    49 Axel PONS Kalex 6 Laps
    95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 10 Laps
    54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 12 Laps
    11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 16 Laps
    22 Sam LOWES Speed Up 20 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
    84 Riccardo RUSSO Suter 0 Lap

 

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