2014 Valencia Moto2 Race Result: Fierce Duel Decided At The Line

Full recap and results below.

Tom Luthi has taken victory following a race-long tussle with World Champion Tito Rabat in the Moto2 race at Valencia, the duo were a class above after breaking away from the field in the opening laps and finished ten seconds clear of their nearest rival. The duo battled strongly throughout and exchanged fastest laps on several occasions, on the final lap Rabat had taken control of the race however coming out of the final corner he encountered a lack of acceleration caused by a shortage of fuel and Luthi flashed by to take his second victory of the season by a tenth of a second. Rabat's second place was his fourteenth podium of the season, equaling his good friend Marc Marquez' intermediate class record and also earning him the highest ever points haul of any intermediate class rider.

Johan Zarco finished in a lonely third place in the final race for the Caterham Moto2 team, he crossed the line ten seconds behind the leaders but two seconds clear of Luis Salom who took a morale boosting fourth spot. The Pons Kalex rider edged out Xavier Simeon and Dominique Aegerter while Briton Sam Lowes completed his rookie season with seventh place some ten seconds clear of Marcel Schrotter, Ant West and Lorenzo Baldassarri who rounded out the top ten.  

There were six retirements during the race but the most crucial occurred when Maverick Vinales and Mika Kallio, the two riders battling for second place in the Championship, crashed out on the opening lap. Vinales left his braking far too late into the final corner and careered into the side of Kallio, wiping both riders out. Kallio was visibly annoyed but Vinales was later seen looking to apologise to the Finn. 

Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 12 Thomas LUTHI Suter 150.3 43'08.366
2 20 53 Esteve RABAT Kalex 150.3 0.133
3 16 5 Johann ZARCO Caterham Suter 149.7 10.728
4 13 39 Luis SALOM Kalex 149.6 13.014
5 11 19 Xavier SIMEON Suter 149.6 13.689
6 10 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 149.5 14.706
7 9 22 Sam LOWES Speed Up 149.3 18.825
8 8 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Tech 3 148.6 30.185
9 7 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 148.6 30.227
10 6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Suter 148.6 30.604
11 5 81 Jordi TORRES Suter 148.6 30.615
12 4 88 Ricard CARDUS Tech 3 148.4 33.422
13 3 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 148.4 33.594
14 2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 148.4 33.997
15 1 96 Louis ROSSI Kalex 148.4 34.007
16   55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 148.3 35.578
17   70 Robin MULHAUSER Suter 148.3 35.691
18   18 Nicolas TEROL Suter 147.7 46.996
19   14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Caterham Suter 147.5 50.65
20   44 Roberto ROLFO Suter 147.4 51.877
21   21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 147.3 52.808
22   4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Suter 147.3 53.428
23   20 Florian MARINO Kalex 147.3 53.435
24   8 Gino REA Suter 146.5 +1'07.704
25   97 Roman RAMOS Speed Up 146.2 +1'13.613
26   45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA NTS 146.1 +1'14.977
27   25 Azlan SHAH Kalex 146.1 +1'15.138
28   10 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex 136.1 2 Laps
Not Classified  
    54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 140.700 20 Laps
    90 Lucas MAHIAS Transfiormers 144.000 23 Laps
    60 Julian SIMON Kalex 142.700 25 Laps
    49 Axel PONS Kalex 142.600 25 Laps
    40 Maverick VIÑALES Kalex 59.400 25 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
    36 Mika KALLIO Kalex   0 Lap
    11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex   0 Lap

 

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Comments

Well that just plain sucked. Don't get me wrong, both deserved victory IMO, but to lose like that when you have battled your opponent all race long and had him beat, that's gotta sting

So assuming the electronics cut power due to fuel shortage, and using 20/20 hindsight, could Rabat have switched a setting on his bike to ignore all fuel-conservation settings for max power? Would he even have been able to deduce from his console that his bike was almost empty and therefore throttling back on the power to save fuel?

This is exactly the reason why I don't like electronics, the system(s) takes over from the driver :-(
Though I find it very clever thinking of all the engineers involved in the development of these electronic systems.