Result and summary of the Moto2 race from Jerez:
Moto2 justified its existence in scintillating fashion at Jerez today, after a restarted race saw a group of 5 men battle all the way to the line, with Gresini's Toni Elias taking a thrilling victory in front of his home crowd. The first attempt to race was red-flagged on the second lap, after Shoya Tomizawa crashed while battling with Simone Corsi into the Dry Sack corner, and his bike dumped fluids all over the circuit.
From the restarted race, it was Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon who got away from the start first, but Elias took over the lead within a couple of corners, with championship leader Shoya Tomizawa taking over 2nd. Within a couple of laps, a leading group had formed, consisting of Elias and Tomizawa, with Tech 3's Yuki Takahashi, Jack&Jones' Kenny Noyes and Interwetten's Thomas Luthi, Simon having dropped off the back.
Once the leading group had got away, the fireworks really ignited. The lead changed constantly at the front, but up until lap 14, Kenny Noyes seemed to have the upper hand, leading most of the time, and holding off challenges masterfully outbraking any and allcomers, and taking places back as soon has he gave them up. But on lap 14, a missed shift seemed to slow Noyes down, and and Thomas Luthi, who had challenged the American hardest, took over the lead.
Luthi seemed to have the situation well in control, with Shoya Tomizawa chasing, while Elias, Takahashi and Noyes followed. Tomizawa's challenges on Luthi held the Interwetten rider up just enough for Takahashi and Elias to catch, and once Elias had a sniff of the lead, he was not going to let the race get away. As the group started the final lap, Elias dived up into the lead, and a thrilling and hard battle ensued to the line. Tomizawa pushed Elias hard, Elias running wide at Dry Sack, but still managing to hold onto the lead. Victory was still pretty well open going into Jerez' final hairpin, but the Gresini rider held on to the line, finishing ahead of Tomizawa and Luthi. Tech 3's Takahashi held on to 4th, while Simone Corsi came through to take 5th. Kenny Noyes, eventually held on to cross the line in 7th.
|4||72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||TECH 3||29'59.284||10.558|
|6||40||Sergio GADEA||PONS KALEX||30'00.222||1.496|
|9||2||Gabor TALMACSI||SPEED UP||30'02.551||3.825|
|15||8||Anthony WEST||MZ-RE HONDA||30'11.271||12.545|
|19||80||Axel PONS||PONS KALEX||30'15.466||16.740|
|20||35||Raffaele DE ROSA||TECH 3||30'18.094||19.368|
|22||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||RSV||30'19.855||21.129|
|34||95||Mashel AL NAIMI||BQR-MOTO2||30'55.321||56.595|
|91||Ivan MORENO||MORIWAKI||14'28.855||9 laps|
|59||Niccolo CANEPA||FORCE GP210||15'06.782||9 laps|
|75||Mattia PASINI||MOTOBI||10'54.743||11 laps|
|55||Hector FAUBEL||SUTER||3'43.545||15 laps|
|Not finished first lap|
|5||Joan OLIVE||SPEED UP|