2010 Motegi Moto2 Race Result - Two Men Fight Tight Battle To Line

Summary and result of the Moto2 race at Motegi:

Toni Elias took a very big step towards securing the very first Moto2 world title, by taking a considered and masterful victory in the Moto2 race at Motegi, holding off a hard-charging Julian Simon with relative ease. Elias and Simon got away almost from the very start, conceding the holeshot to Tech 3's Yuki Takahashi, but both Spaniards passing the Japanese rider before the lap was halfway done. Takahashi tagged along with the Spaniards, with Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding making it four at the front. Further back, a big group including Jules Cluzel,  Alex de Angelis, Stefan Bradl, Claudio Corti and Karel Abraham gave chase, but a gap soon opened up between them and the leaders.

Though four men led, it was clear that the race would come down to one of the two Spaniards. Elias and Simon started gradually to ease away from Takahashi and Redding, their pace too hot for anyone to follow. Simon attacked Elias on lap 3, but his lead would last only for a single corner, Elias back past the Mapfre Aspar man at Turn 9. From then on, the race turned into a game of cat and mouse, with Simon stalking Elias everywhere, but never able to get close enough to launch an attack. Likewise, as hard as Elias pushed to break Simon, the Gresini Moriwaki rider simply couldn't get a gap over Simon, and had to keep a watchful eye on his rival for the entire race.

A push in the final laps of the race saw Elias get enough of a gap to secure victory, putting himself beyond the reach of his compatriot. Simon was forced to settle for his fourth 2nd place finish in a row, leaving the Mapfre Aspar man frustrated, but still with an outside chance of the title. Elias leads Simon by 81 points, and the Gresini rider can afford to give away 6 more points to Simon at Sepang and still be sure of the title.

If the top two steps on the podium were filled quickly, the bottom one took a lot longer to decide. Yuki Takahashi seemed to have a firm grip on 3rd for most of the race, with Scott Redding dropping off the back of the Tech 3 man in the early stages of the race, but the tides started to turn in the second half. Redding started closing back up on Takahashi, but behind the young Englishman, Alex de Angelis and Karel Abraham were closing in. Redding was the first to surrender, De Angelis getting past on lap 11, Abraham following a lap later. Lap 15 saw De Angelis take over 3rd from Takahashi, and two laps later Abraham was past the Tech 3 rider as well. 3rd spot would be decided between the JIR Motobi and the Cardion FTR, and it would come down to the very last lap.

Abraham dived past De Angelis at the end of the back straight, but De Angelis would not surrender without a fight. The pair went under the tunnel and through the final section banging bars, but it was Abraham who came out ahead, crossing the line to take his first ever podium, and a much-needed boost after some bad luck and bad results. De Angelis was forced to settle for 4th, while Redding crossed the line in 5th.

Results: 

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 24 Toni ELIAS MORIWAKI 43'50.930  
2 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 43'51.245 0.315
3 17 Karel ABRAHAM FTR 44'00.769 9.839
4 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 44'01.108 10.178
5 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 44'02.167 11.237
6 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI TECH 3 44'03.708 12.778
7 65 Stefan BRADL SUTER 44'08.214 17.284
8 12 Thomas LUTHI MORIWAKI 44'08.822 17.892
9 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 44'10.165 19.235
10 6 Alex DEBON FTR 44'10.498 19.568
11 3 Simone CORSI MOTOBI 44'13.643 22.713
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 44'14.347 23.417
13 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 44'16.777 25.847
14 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 44'18.458 27.528
15 35 Raffaele DE ROSA TECH 3 44'19.626 28.696
16 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 44'20.559 29.629
17 40 Sergio GADEA PONS KALEX 44'25.002 34.072
18 63 Mike DI MEGLIO SUTER 44'28.017 37.087
19 80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 44'31.390 40.460
20 56 Michael RANSEDER SUTER 44'31.583 40.653
21 2 Gabor TALMACSI SPEED UP 44'31.785 40.855
22 9 Kenny NOYES PROMOHARRIS 44'33.217 42.287
23 8 Anthony WEST MZ-RE HONDA 44'35.744 44.814
24 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT BIMOTA 44'37.675 46.745
25 28 Kazuki WATANABE SUTER 44'40.679 49.749
26 53 Valentin DEBISE ADV 44'40.894 49.964
27 4 Ricard CARDUS BIMOTA 45'05.279 1'14.349
28 95 Mashel AL NAIMI BQR-MOTO2 45'06.753 1'15.823
29 88 Yannick GUERRA MORIWAKI 45'07.119 1'16.189
30 55 Hector FAUBEL SUTER 45'12.830 1'21.900
31 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 45'16.954 1'26.024
32 61 Vladimir IVANOV MORIWAKI 45'18.603 1'27.673
33 70 Ferruccio LAMBORGHINI MORIWAKI 45'32.574 1'41.644
34 93 Kouki TAKAHASHI RBB 45'36.500 1'45.570
Not Classified
  5 Joan OLIVE PROMOHARRIS 41'10.882 2 laps
  25 Alex BALDOLINI I.C.P. 41'10.938 2 laps
  68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR-MOTO2 38'29.663 3 laps
  66 Hiromichi KUNIKAWA BIMOTA 21'39.428 12 laps
  10 Fonsi NIETO MORIWAKI 5'56.103 20 laps
Not finished first lap
  11 Yusuke TESHIMA TSR    
Round Number: 
14
2010
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Comments

I was super impressed with Elias.... the guy just didn't make a mistake!

Very solid indeed. I do hope that Simon gets a win this season though. I feel a little bad for the guy, which in racing, I never do.