2010 Silverstone Moto2 Race Result: Race-Long Battle Decided By Last-Lap Mistake

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Silverstone:

Jules Cluzel has won the first race of the day at Silverstone, taking his own maiden victory after a race-long scrap at the front.

The Forward Racing rider capitalized on his front row starts, slotting in behind his teammate and polesitter Claudio Corti. Corti and Cluzel were joined at the front by Fonsi Nieto, Julian Simon and Xavier Simeon in the early laps, with Nieto stuffing his HolidayGym Moriwaki into the lead on lap 2.

But with a huge group all battling at the front - eight or nine riders entering corners four abreast at one point - an opportunity was bound to arise, and arise it did around lap 6. Corti, Cluzel and Simon got a break, edging away at the front while Alex Debon and Shoya Tomizawa got in each other's way and held the chasing group up.

The leading trio soon had a 2.5 second lead, but they fell prey to the same predicament that had allowed them to escape in the first place. While they scrapped it out, Interwetten's Thomas Luthi and MarcVDS' Scott Redding - both of whom had fought their way forward from way down on the grid - were catching them, and rapidly.

By lap 14, Luthi and Redding were upon the leaders, and Luthi was on a mission. Picking his way forward lap by lap, Luthi took advantage of the two Forward Racing and one Mapfre Aspar Suter's all tripping each other up. A couple of laps later, and Luthi was leading, with Corti, Cluzel and Simon still not agreed over the right to chase the Interwetten Moriwaki.

With the scrapping for 2nd so fierce, something had to give, and that something was Claudio Corti. The polesitter was trying just a little too hard, and paid the penalty on the bumps down at Club, crashing out and leaving Cluzel, Simon and Redding to chase Luthi. Cluzel caught Luthi, but did not look capable of passing, until a small mistake - Luthi nearly highsiding out in the infield section on the last lap - let Cluzel past, to take over the win.

With less than a third of a lap to go, it was too late to come back, and Cluzel held Luthi off to take the win. The Swiss rider crossed the line in 2nd, ahead of the Aspar bike of Simon, leaving Scott Redding the misery of missing out on his home podium by the smallest of margins.

 

Results: 

 

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 39'19.472  
2 12 Thomas LUTHI MORIWAKI 39'19.529 0.057
3 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 39'19.794 0.322
4 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 39'19.992 0.520
5 6 Alex DEBON FTR 39'24.743 5.271
6 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA SUTER 39'24.849 5.377
7 63 Mike DI MEGLIO SUTER 39'24.956 5.484
8 19 Xavier SIMEON MORIWAKI 39'25.181 5.709
9 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 39'29.712 10.240
10 24 Toni ELIAS MORIWAKI 39'29.883 10.411
11 10 Fonsi NIETO MORIWAKI 39'30.173 10.701
12 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 39'30.213 10.741
13 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT BIMOTA 39'30.431 10.959
14 41 Arne TODE SUTER 39'35.534 16.062
15 40 Sergio GADEA PONS KALEX 39'35.633 16.161
16 59 Niccolo CANEPA FORCE GP210 39'43.590 31.819
17 8 Anthony WEST MZ-RE HONDA 39'49.035 29.563
18 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI TECH 3 39'49.424 29.952
19 61 Vladimir IVANOV MORIWAKI 39'49.690 30.218
20 52 Lukas PESEK MORIWAKI 39'50.761 31.289
21 9 Kenny NOYES PROMOHARRIS 39'50.895 31.423
22 54 Kev COGHLAN FTR 39'51.187 31.715
23 80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 39'51.291 31.819
24 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 39'54.919 35.447
25 76 Bernat MARTINEZ BIMOTA 39'55.323 35.851
26 53 Valentin DEBISE ADV 40'02.396 42.924
27 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 40'11.038 51.566
28 35 Raffaele DE ROSA TECH 3 40'16.001 56.529
29 21 Vladimir LEONOV SUTER 40'17.833 58.361
30 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 40'38.143 1'18.671
Not Classified
  68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR-MOTO2 37'17.029 1 lap
  25 Alex BALDOLINI I.C.P. 37'17.679 1 lap
  17 Karel ABRAHAM FTR 37'23.718 1 lap
  55 Hector FAUBEL SUTER 37'42.271 1 lap
  75 Mattia PASINI MOTOBI 35'32.676 2 laps
  2 Gabor TALMACSI SPEED UP 32'59.683 3 laps
  96 Anthony DELHALLE BQR-MOTO2 28'50.582 5 laps
  3 Simone CORSI MOTOBI 2'17.092 17 laps
  65 Stefan BRADL SUTER 2'17.551 17 laps
Finished through pits
  5 Joan OLIVE PROMOHARRIS 42'03.841 2'44.369
Round Number: 
5
2010
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Comments

Who was it that almost dumped the bike when waving to the crowd after the race? Got a bit of a giggle from that, I think it was either Luthi or Cluzel.

I think that was the best Moto 2 race yet, It was good to see Inspector Cluzel get his first win! I was kinda pullin for Luthi as the way he came up through the pack was great!