Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Sepang:
A drama-packed race in Malaysia saw Roby Rolfo take a surprise victory, but much of the glory on the day went to Toni Elias, who wrapped up the first ever Moto2 title, and extending Spain's championship joy at Sepang.
Elias started the race by making clear his intent to wrap up the title with a win, firing his Gresini Moriwaki off the line and into Turn 1 ahead of Thom Luthi. Luthi had no intention of just rolling over for Elias, and tried back again in Turn 2, but Elias held on to lead the race, Luthi trailing in his wake. They looked like getting away in the early laps, but a group quickly coalesced at the front, consisting of Elias, Luthi, Andrea Iannone, Scott Redding, Roby Rolfo, Alex De Angelis and a battling Julian Simon.
The Mapfre Aspar rider had got a terrible start, exiting the first corner in 9th place after starting from pole, but fought his way forward to get with the leaders, and especially Elias. Simon's only - very slim - hope of winning the championship lay in finishing well ahead of Elias. The strain was telling though: Simon was having to push so hard that he was asking everything it had from his Suter, and a little bit more. Simon got past Elias into 3rd on lap, only to lose out again the next lap, then running wide and losing 4 seconds on Elias. Again Simon pushed, putting in a superhuman effort to close the gap to the leaders on lap 7, but it was far, far too much. Simon slid off at Turn 1, lucky not to be able to get back on his bike, but unlucky to be down way in 30th. The championship was effectively over, and Elias did not even have to cross the line to take the Moto2 title.
With Elias now sure of the championship, the Spaniard could now relax and ride his own race. Thom Luthi had crashed out shortly after Julian Simon, handing Iannone the lead, and Roby Rolfo and Alex de Angelis were continuing their charge through the field to the front. Iannone's usual disappearing trick was not working, and Rolfo and De Angelis were already past Elias and were starting to hunt Iannone down. Once the pair caught him, they made short work of the Fimmco Speed up rider, getting past Iannone despite the young Italian's resistance.
Rolfo clearly had the race in hand, dealing with Iannone's resistance and De Angelis' attacks with relative ease. Though Rolfo never got a real gap, De Angelis was never close enough to make a pass stick. The JIR Motobi rider tried on the last two laps, pushing wherever he could, trying the widest line onto the back straight in an attempt to maximize drive and get into Rolfo's draft. De Angelis almost succeeded, then tried again at Turn 15, the final corner, again trying to get the best of the drive on the exit in the hope of driving by Rolfo over the line, but it was not enough. Rolfo took his first ever victory in the Moto2 class, holding off De Angelis at the line. Andrea Iannone took the final podium spot, Toni Elias deciding to settle for the championship, rather than take risks to secure the last spot on the podium. Elias would appear on the podium anyway, to collect his newly-earned championship trophy.
|2||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||MOTOBI||41'09.452||0.040|
|3||29||Andrea IANNONE||SPEED UP||41'15.327||5.915|
|17||80||Axel PONS||PONS KALEX||41'40.142||30.730|
|22||87||Mohamad ZAMRI BABA||MORIWAKI||41'55.443||46.031|
|24||8||Anthony WEST||MZ-RE HONDA||41'59.470||50.058|
|26||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||SUTER||42'01.383||51.971|
|29||95||Mashel AL NAIMI||BQR-MOTO2||42'53.361||1'43.949|
|2||Gabor TALMACSI||SPEED UP||28'24.037||6 laps|
|45||Scott REDDING||SUTER||28'46.112||6 laps|
|40||Sergio GADEA||PONS KALEX||28'58.248||6 laps|
|35||Raffaele DE ROSA||TECH 3||23'12.917||9 laps|
|72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||TECH 3||17'32.716||11 laps|
|12||Thomas LUTHI||MORIWAKI||15'13.539||12 laps|
|61||Vladimir IVANOV||MORIWAKI||13'24.084||13 laps|
|46||Javier FORES||BIMOTA||13'30.930||13 laps|
|70||Ferruccio LAMBORGHINI||MORIWAKI||13'48.606||13 laps|
|88||Yannick GUERRA||MORIWAKI||2'23.685||18 laps|