Results and summary of the Moto2 race at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Marc Marquez has taken huge strides towards securing the 2011 Moto2 World Championship, after a vicious battle with the chasing group to secure a comfortable victory. Marquez' title challenge was helped to a great extent by Stefan Bradl's problems with tires, the championship leader ending up 8th, the gap now closed to just 6 points.
From the moment the lights went out, the race turned into the kind of thriller that has marked the Moto2 class out as a firm fan favorite. The action began in turn 2, when Scott Redding barged his way past Marc Marquez, with Stefan Bradl quickly joining the fray. Marquez returned the favor, and Bradl did the same, setting the tone for what would become a gripping battle.
Marquez, Redding and Bradl were joined by Andrea Iannone, Simone Corsi, Aleix Espargaro and Alex de Angelis, and the intense place- and paint-swapping going on allowed the chasing group to catch the leaders. No quarter was either given or asked, and a giant scrap unfolded at the front. As the laps unfolded, the two main protagonists ended up being Marquez and Iannone, but every time one of them got ahead and tried to make a break, they would be caught by the other, and then the whole pack would pile up behind them.
One or the other would have to break, and in the end it was Iannone. The Speed Master rider outbraked himself going into Turn 1, trying to put a pass on Marquez, and lost touch with the Spaniard. With Iannone out of his way, Marquez put the hammer down and pulled a gap, one that would not be challenged again. Marquez went on to take a comfortable victory, ahead of a gaggle of Italians.
Andrea Iannone came out on top of that battle, holding off Simone Corsi and Alex de Angelis to take 2nd. Meanwhile, behind the Italians, the battle from which the leaders had emerged raged on unabated, the group growing to a massive 14 riders by the end. In the midst sat Stefan Bradl, the German ending the race in 8th, with his tire shot by the huge battle and abrasive track.
Bradl's miserable finish blows the championship wide open. Now separated by just 6 points, the title race is now all about momentum. Given that Marquez' victory was his third in a row, and the sixth of the last seven, the Spaniard is clearly in control of the championship. It is now Marquez' title to lose.
|4||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||MOTOBI||40'23.629||3.054|
|5||40||Aleix ESPARGARO||PONS KALEX||40'31.406||10.831|
|6||38||Bradley SMITH||TECH 3||40'31.445||10.870|
|12||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||TECH 3||40'32.689||12.114|
|18||19||Xavier SIMEON||TECH 3||40'35.826||15.251|
|22||25||Alex BALDOLINI||PONS KALEX||40'59.647||39.072|
|32||95||Mashel AL NAIMI||MORIWAKI||41'54.300||1'33.725|
|51||Michele PIRRO||MORIWAKI||33'21.168||4 laps|
|16||Jules CLUZEL||SUTER||17'25.205||12 laps|
|14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||FTR||17'30.944||12 laps|
|35||Raffaele DE ROSA||SUTER||17'34.191||12 laps|
|75||Mattia PASINI||FTR||5'56.850||18 laps|