Results and summary of the first ever Moto2 race, from Qatar:
The debut of the Moto2 class unleashed the thrills and spills that everyone had been hoping, and a winner that in the 250 days no one would have expected, just as was the intention of the class. Shoya Tomizawa used his skill and guile to wait for the right moment to strike, taking a comfortable win at the end.
Mayhem was expected in the first corner, but the huge pack made it into and out of Turn 1 relatively unscathed. But they were only delaying the inevitable, and at Turn 2, riders started going down. MotoGP refugees Toni Elias and Alex De Angelis got the holeshot, but as they pack flicked back left for Turn 2, De Angelis clipped the rear of Elias' Gresini Moriwaki, and tumbled out, taking Viessmann Kiefer's Stefan Bradl with him.
Elias held the lead for just one lap, before Forward Racing's Jules Cluzel dived past the Spaniard into Turn 1, while Ajo's Alex Debon took over the lead from Cluzel later that lap. A lead group soon formed, consisting of Cluzel, Debon, Elias, Tech 3's Yuki Takahashi and Technomag CIP's Shoya Tomizawa. The lead swapped hands continuously in the first laps, but on lap 7, Tomizawa took the lead, and within a couple of laps had made a break. The Japanese rider was never seriously threatened again.
For a long time, Toni Elias looked favorite to take 2nd, but the broken bones in Elias' foot eventually proved too painful, and Elias began to drop away, leaving Alex Debon and Jules Cluzel to battle over the remaining podium places, especially once Yuki Takahashi crashed out on lap 8. After swapping places on the final lap, Debon came out on top, leaving Cluzel to settle for 3rd. Toni Elias managed to hold off a charging Roberto Rolfo on the Italtrans STR Suter for 4th.
American rider - and Grand Prix rookie - Kenny Noyes ended the race in 18th, after a strong ride in the early stages of the race. The Jack&Jones Banderas racing rider had been forced to start from 30th, but fought his way up through the field to 10th at one point, before his tire went off, dropping him back down to 18th. The American - a new rider on a new bike in a new team - had made a mistake in their tire testing strategy, taking the hard tire after giving up on the soft too early.
|9||2||Gabor TALMACSI||SPEED UP||41'25.589||13.821|
|10||40||Sergio GADEA||PONS KALEX||41'31.957||20.189|
|19||29||Andrea IANNONE||SPEED UP||41'45.663||33.895|
|27||59||Niccolo CANEPA||FORCE GP210||42'06.399||54.631|
|31||95||Mashel AL NAIMI||BQR-MOTO2||42'32.487||1'20.719|
|8||Anthony WEST||MZ-RE HONDA||16'52.966||12 laps|
|72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||TECH 3||14'30.138||13 laps|
|21||Vladimir LEONOV||SUTER||14'49.196||13 laps|
|68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||BQR-MOTO2||6'20.168||17 laps|
|80||Axel PONS||PONS KALEX||6'25.792||17 laps|
|35||Raffaele DEROSA||TECH 3||4'15.209||18 laps|
|Not finished first lap|
|15||Alex DEANGELIS||FORCE GP210|