Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Valencia:
In a thrilling and incident-packed final Moto2 race of the season, Karel Abraham took his first ever Grand Prix victory before the Czech rider moves up to the MotoGP class. Behind Abraham, Julian Simon finished ahead of Andrea Iannone to wrap up 2nd in the championship.
The race didn't look like turning into the thriller it became: Andrea Iannone took the lead from the start, and the Fimmco Speed Up rider proceeded to walk away at the front. But Iannone's lead never grew much beyond a second, and the chasing group remained within sight of the green machine. That group was led at first by Kenan Sofuoglu, newly confirmed at the Technomag CIP team for 2011, and Stefan Bradl on the Viessmann Kiefer bike. But the German and the Turk would not lead that chase for 2nd for long: Bradl first pushed Sofuoglu off at Turn 1, Sofuoglu trying to hold his line as Bradl stuffed his Suter up the inside of the Technomag rider, and then Bradl crashed out on his own on lap 12.
With Bradl and Sofuoglu out, Julian Simon took over the chase for Iannone. Simon had Scott Redding, Toni Elias, and Karel Abraham with him, and Thomas Luthi not far behind. Redding was the first to leave the group, the Marc VDS rider's tires giving up the ghost with 5 laps to go.
Iannone's lead dwindled as the race passed the halfway mark, Simon determined to secure second place in the championship with a win. But the Mapfre Aspar rider was not the only rider with victory on his mind. Elias, Simon, Abraham and Iannone swapped the lead for the last 5 laps, while Thomas Luthi looked on with hopes of glory, the front four close to taking each other out throughout the race.
On the last lap, that was almost exactly what happened: Toni Elias decided he wanted to cap his 2010 Moto2 World Title with a victory, the Gresini Moriwaki rider kitted out in a special chrome livery. He stuffed his Moriwaki bike up the inside of Simon to take 2nd, but found the leader Iannone in his way, clipping the rear of Iannone's Speed Up bike on the entry of turn 11. Elias ran off and crashed out, forced Simon way off line, and unsettling Iannone's bike. Karel Abraham seized his chance, just far enough behind Elias to stay out of trouble, taking the lead and going on to win the race, his first ever, and a timely win as the Czech rider leaves for MotoGP. Simon had recovered his composure to hold 2nd, but Iannone barged his way through at the final corner to demote the Spaniard to 3rd, Iannone taking 2nd from Simon. Simon's position was enough to retain 2nd in the championship, however.
|2||29||Andrea IANNONE||SPEED UP||43'50.021||0.522|
|6||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||MOTOBI||43'54.884||5.385|
|8||40||Sergio GADEA||PONS KALEX||44'10.919||21.420|
|10||2||Gabor TALMACSI||SPEED UP||44'12.411||22.912|
|18||72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||TECH 3||44'27.055||37.556|
|23||43||Roman RAMOS||MIR RACING||44'29.348||39.849|
|24||35||Raffaele DE ROSA||TECH 3||44'30.018||40.519|
|26||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||SUTER||44'33.733||44.234|
|27||8||Anthony WEST||MZ-RE HONDA||44'51.221||1'01.722|
|31||88||Yannick GUERRA||MORIWAKI||43'50.836||1 lap|
|32||95||Mashel AL NAIMI||BQR-MOTO2||44'04.606||1 lap|
|33||66||Hiromichi KUNIKAWA||BIMOTA||44'05.040||1 lap|
|80||Axel PONS||PONS KALEX||42'41.895||1 lap|
|39||Robertino PIETRI||SUTER||36'37.587||5 laps|
|10||Fonsi NIETO||MORIWAKI||32'30.158||9 laps|
|70||Ferruccio LAMBORGHINI||MORIWAKI||28'35.701||10 laps|
|65||Stefan BRADL||SUTER||17'53.059||16 laps|
|54||Kenan SOFUOGLU||SUTER||15'26.177||18 laps|
|31||Carmelo MORALES||SUTER||12'01.129||20 laps|
|53||Valentin DEBISE||ADV||6'52.904||23 laps|