2011 Qatar Moto2 Race Result: One Man Dominates, Chasing Pack Thrills

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Qatar:

Stefan Bradl has taken victory in the first Moto2 race of the season with a clear and unchallenged victory, simultaneously securing the first ever win for the Kalex chassis.

The race turned into a replica of the 125cc race earlier in the evening: After dominating all weekend, just as Nico Terol had in the 125cc class, Bradl got the holeshot off the line and was never challenged again. The Viessmann Kiefer rider's lead did not grow as quickly as Terol's in 125, but at no point was he in serious danger of losing the lead, other than through a mistake of his own making. Victory came simply and impressively.

And just as in the 125 race, the real battle was for 2nd. A chasing group quickly formed, consisting of Thomas Luthi, Jules Cluzel and Yuki Takahashi. Andrea Iannone joined the battle for 2nd on lap 4, and soon worked his way firmly into the middle of the chasing group. Cluzel slipped off the back of the group, while Alex de Angelis battled his way toward the front, but the chasers had no one leading the hunt.

Luthi, Iannone and Takahashi fought a hard and thrilling battle for 2nd, with bold moves for the lead from all three. Iannone had the advantage down the straight, but Luthi would not surrender easily, trying multiple times to attack Iannone back round the outside. The scrap allowed De Angelis to join the fun, sitting poised to take advantage of any mistake.

In the end, Iannone came out on top, clinching 2nd spot after an impressive fight up through the grid from 16th. Iannone just held off Luthi, forcing the Interwetten rider down into 3rd, while Alex de Angelis got the best of Takahashi on the final laps.

Marc Marquez' first race in the Moto2 class was a real baptism of fire: the Catalunya Caixa rider got a horrible start, getting swamped off the line and finding himself battling around 10th position. After pushing forward to 6th, the reigning 125cc champion made a small mistake, crashing out of the race and furious at himself for allowing it to happen.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 65 Stefan BRADL KALEX 40'38.549  
2 29 Andrea IANNONE SUTER 40'42.879 4.330
3 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 40'43.686 5.137
4 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 40'44.474 5.925
5 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 40'45.170 6.621
6 3 Simone CORSI FTR 40'52.766 14.217
7 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 40'52.806 14.257
8 51 Michele PIRRO MORIWAKI 40'53.050 14.501
9 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 40'57.459 18.910
10 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 40'57.723 19.174
11 40 Aleix ESPARGARO PONS KALEX 40'57.991 19.442
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ FTR 40'59.379 20.830
13 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 40'59.386 20.837
14 34 Esteve RABAT FTR 40'59.404 20.855
15 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER FTR 41'05.352 26.803
16 80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 41'05.844 27.295
17 88 Ricard CARDUS MORIWAKI 41'06.629 28.080
18 54 Kenan SOFUOGLU SUTER 41'06.761 28.212
19 63 Mike DI MEGLIO TECH 3 41'13.488 34.939
20 36 Mika KALLIO SUTER 41'13.511 34.962
21 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 41'16.531 37.982
22 44 Pol ESPARGARO FTR 41'22.040 43.491
23 53 Valentin DEBISE FTR 41'22.208 43.659
24 9 Kenny NOYES FTR 41'26.025 47.476
25 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 41'26.304 47.755
26 21 Javier FORES SUTER 41'28.904 50.355
27 4 Randy KRUMMENACHE KALEX 41'29.093 50.544
28 25 Alex BALDOLINI SUTER 41'43.428 1'04.879
29 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 41'48.221 1'09.672
30 35 Raffaele DE ROSA MORIWAKI 41'48.330 1'09.781
31 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 42'02.292 1'23.743
32 96 Nasser Hasan AL MALKI MORIWAKI 42'17.654 1'39.105
Not Classified
  14 Ratthapark WILAIROT FTR 20'44.828 10 laps
  49 Kev COGHLAN FTR 12'33.401 14 laps
  93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 8'14.422 16 laps
  64 Santiago HERNANDEZ FTR 8'31.044 16 laps
  13 Anthony WEST MZ-RE HONDA 8'31.074 16 laps
  75 Mattia PASINI FTR 6'22.334 17 laps
Not finished first lap
  95 Mashel AL NAIMI MORIWAKI    

 

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