2011 Estoril Moto2 Race Result: Race Decided By Late Crash By Leader

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Estoril:

Stefan Bradl has taken his second win of the 2011 season, holding off a strong challenge from Julian Simon and taking advantage of race crashes by Andrea Iannone and Thomas Luthi to take a comfortable lead in the world championship.

Bradl took the lead away from the line, the Viessmann Kiefer rider taking control of the race in the early laps. Behind Bradl, the chasing group quickly sorted itself out, with Thomas Luthi at its head, and Yuki Takahashi, Dominique Aegerter, Kenan Sofuoglu, Julian Simon and Marc Marquez following. Luthi started to close on Bradl, while Sofuoglu wormed his way past his Technomag CIP teammate Aegerter, who would go on to form a rolling roadblock for the first half of the race.

By lap 3, Luthi had caught Bradl, and was past the German going into Turn 1. But Luthi's eagerness betrayed him, as in his attempt to push on and escape from Bradl, he carried a little too much speed through Estoril's treacherous final corner, losing the front and wiping himself out of the race.

Bradl's next challenge would come from Kenan Sofuoglu. After Luthi crashed out, Sofuoglu started pushing to catch the Viessmann Kiefer rider. He edged closer and closer, getting into Bradl's slipstream on lap 8, but pushing harder for a pass saw the former World Supersport champion run wide and lose touch, and from that point on, Sofuoglu's pace began to lag. The Technomag CIP rider dropped slowly back through the field, finally crashing out on lap 18.

Coming forward through the field was Andrea Iannone. After another poor qualifying, the Speed Master rider sitting in 14th on the grid, Iannone had his customary rocket lit under his tail. The Italian set a scorching pace, lapping well over half a second faster than the rest of the field for a large part of the race. By lap 9, Iannone was up to 6th, and by lap 15 was already up to 3rd. It took him 5 more laps to work his way past Simon and into 2nd, and a couple more to get ahead of Bradl, the German mounting a valiant defense on the brakes going into Turn 1. 

But on lap 22, Iannone barged ahead of Bradl as they worked their way round the stadium section of the Estoril circuit, then set about pushing to create a gap. He pushed a little too hard through Estoril's 1st gear chicane, however, losing the front and going down at turn 9. The Italian was able to rejoin and come home 13th, but it was a bitter disappointment after such a brilliant ride through the field to take over the lead.

Bradl's battle with Iannone had allowed Simon to catch the German, but the Mapfre Aspar rider could never quite get close enough to mount a serious challenge. Bradl went on to take a close victory ahead of Simon, with Yuki Takahashi clinching the final podium spot, benefitting from keeping his head while others around him all lost theirs. The San Carlo Gresini rider was very emotional on entering parc ferme, dedicating his 3rd place to the memory of his brother, who died in a road traffic accident just last week.

More to follow ASAP:

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 65 Stefan BRADL KALEX 44'40.765  
2 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 44'40.912 0.147
3 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 44'46.953 6.188
4 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 44'57.587 16.822
5 3 Simone CORSI FTR 44'57.841 17.076
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO FTR 45'06.721 25.956
7 4 Randy KRUMMENACHE KALEX 45'06.867 26.102
8 25 Alex BALDOLINI SUTER 45'07.098 26.333
9 63 Mike DI MEGLIO TECH 3 45'07.401 26.636
10 34 Esteve RABAT FTR 45'09.842 29.077
11 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 45'20.402 39.637
12 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 45'20.678 39.913
13 29 Andrea IANNONE SUTER 45'23.231 42.466
14 88 Ricard CARDUS MORIWAKI 45'28.147 47.382
15 80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 45'28.171 47.406
16 35 Raffaele DE ROSA MORIWAKI 45'28.790 48.025
17 9 Kenny NOYES FTR 45'33.303 52.538
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ FTR 45'34.243 53.478
19 21 Javier FORES SUTER 45'34.703 53.938
20 75 Mattia PASINI FTR 45'36.854 56.089
21 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 45'45.462 1'04.697
22 51 Michele PIRRO MORIWAKI 45'45.655 1'04.890
23 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 45'57.866 1'17.101
24 64 Santiago HERNANDEZ FTR 45'58.875 1'18.110
25 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 46'06.955 1'26.190
26 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 46'08.365 1'27.600
27 13 Anthony WEST MZ-RE HONDA 46'17.305 1'36.540
28 95 Mashel AL NAIMI MORIWAKI 45'43.284 1 lap
29 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 44'44.650 2 laps
Not Classified
  53 Valentin DEBISE FTR 40'13.825 3 laps
  14 Ratthapark WILAIROT FTR 37'03.325 5 laps
  36 Mika KALLIO SUTER 31'30.802 8 laps
  40 Aleix ESPARGARO PONS KALEX 31'44.382 8 laps
  54 Kenan SOFUOGLU SUTER 30'54.080 9 laps
  16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 19'03.308 15 laps
  97 Steven ODENDAAL SUTER 13'09.833 19 laps
  12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 8'13.928 22 laps

 

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Comments

holding off Simon for another well deserved win. He is looking rock solid.

Poor old Redding can't cut a break. A victim of over exuberance on Marquez' part. Marquez seems to be struggling to pull the weight of the Moto2 bike up on the anchors. A bit disappointing he tried to make the corner despite being all out of shape. I'm sure in hindsight he'll realise straight on discretion would've been the better option rather than risk compromising another riders race as he did to Redding.

So Ant West finished at the back again :( Is the listing of the bike as an MZ just re-badging, or was he back on the water-pipe special for the race?

West was on the IAMT - a traditional twin-spar ally chassis - which he had tested at Jerez where it worked well. But Estoril is much bumpier, so they found a bunch of new things there which they were dealing with. It was very useful, though the results weren't good. West is a much happier bunny though.