Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Motorland Aragon:
If ever there was a prototypical Moto2 race, the race at Aragon was it. It had two of the key ingredients of a Moto2 race, the one which everyone expected and the one which has surprised so many since the start of the season. The unsurprising feature was the first-corner mayhem which almost inevitably ensues, with 5 riders going down and an eighth of the field excluded after just one corner.
The feature that hadn't been expected at the start of the season was a dominant victory, but this is once again what Moto2 served up at Aragon. FIMMCO Speed Up's Andrea Iannone swept the race, leading into the first corner never to be seen again, going on to win by what would have been over 10 seconds if the Italian hadn't taken plenty of time to celebrate across the line. Once unleashed, Iannone is unstoppable, a quality he demonstrated in spades at Aragon.
The action behind Iannone was a little more interesting. Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon led the chase for Iannone, with JIR's Simone Corsi and Iannone's teammate Gabor Talmacsi right behind. Corsi pushed, but faded late in the race, allowing Talmacsi past. The Hungarian pushed, but could not get by Simon to make it a FIMMCO Speed Up 1-2, and was forced to settle for 3rd.
Championship leader Toni Elias did a great job of limiting the damage to his very generous championship lead. The Gresini Moriwaki rider - who is still struggling with a virus that has plagued him since Indianapolis - started from 12th on the grid, but worked his way forward methodically. The Spaniard was clearly faster than most of the riders ahead of him, and picked them off one at a time. His final victim was Simone Corsi, but Elias could get no further, stranding just under a second short of the podium in 4th. Elias still has a 76-point margin over his closest rival, Julian Simon, putting him on course to clinch the first Moto2 title at Sepang.
|1||29||Andrea IANNONE||SPEED UP||40'33.264|
|3||2||Gabor TALMACSI||SPEED UP||40'39.540||6.276|
|12||72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||TECH 3||40'55.242||21.978|
|13||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||SUTER||40'55.435||22.171|
|16||43||Roman RAMOS||MIR RACING||41'04.980||31.716|
|20||40||Sergio GADEA||PONS KALEX||41'12.692||39.428|
|21||8||Anthony WEST||MZ-RE HONDA||41'17.063||43.799|
|80||Axel PONS||PONS KALEX||25'35.078||8 laps|
|95||Mashel AL NAIMI||BQR-MOTO2||24'01.821||9 laps|
|9||Kenny NOYES||PROMOHARRIS||24'03.826||9 laps|
|35||Raffaele DE ROSA||TECH 3||19'31.422||11 laps|
|75||Mattia PASINI||SUTER||18'37.247||12 laps|
|39||Robertino PIETRI||SUTER||16'09.860||13 laps|
|15||Alex DE ANGELIS||MOTOBI||11'41.127||15 laps|
|54||Kev COGHLAN||FTR||2'47.040||20 laps|