2011 Le Mans Moto2 Race Result: Victory Taken After Fight Through The Field

Results and summary of the 125cc race at Le Mans:

Marc Marquez has taken his first win of the season in Moto2 at Le Mans, after fighting his way forward through the field to seize victory.

Championship leader Stefan Bradl took the lead off the line, with Yuki Takahashi following, though the Gresini rider would not hold 2nd for long, as Interwetten's Thomas Luthi barged past through the chicane into 2nd, while Julian Simon closed the gap to the front three. The foursome soon pulled away at the front, Bradl's lead looking strong, the remainder of the group in tight order behind Bradl.

Those four looked like settling the race between them, but there was a whirlwind coming from behind to shake them all up. Marc Marquez had had an indifferent start, but once he had got clear of the chasing group, he started closing hard on the leaders. Simone Corsi - who had been hanging on to the leading group's coat tails, but was starting to lag - was the first rider to be disposed of, soon followed by Aleix Espargaro, who was in a similar position. Marquez then latch onto the tail of Julian Simon and Yuki Takahashi, and started to push the rest of the group forward.

Marquez' arrival was a spur to action for Tom Luthi, the Interwetten rider deciding to make a move on Stefan Bradl for the lead. Bradl had earlier created the smallest of gaps at the front, but shortly after the halfway mark, Luthi decided enough was enough. The Swiss rider slipped past Bradl through the fast first corner, then held the German off through the chicane. 

Having fallen back into the clutches of the chasing group, Bradl's race got a little bit messy. The German was attacked by Yuki Takahashi, then tried passing back, but ran wide in succeeding, allowing not just Takahashi, but also Marc Marquez past.

Marquez was now the man on the move: The Spaniard tried on Takahashi once at turn 1, only to be defeated at the chicane. He tried again the next lap, and this time he succeeded, and started chasing Luthi down. Another lap, and Marquez was past Luthi, and now put the hammer down. Despite the first spots of rain appearing on the track, Marquez was unstoppable, going on to take victory with a comfortable lead, and ironically, finish his first race of the season too, the first three all ending in crashes.

Behind Marquez, Luthi was suddenly going backwards. First Takahashi came past, and then Bradl, but try as Bradl might, he could not take 2nd from the Japanese rider. Takahashi gets his second podium in a row, while Bradl consolidates his lead in the championship with the final podium spot in 3rd.



Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 43'03.308  
2 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 43'05.290 1.982
3 65 Stefan BRADL KALEX 43'05.545 2.237
4 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 43'05.657 2.349
5 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 43'05.917 2.609
6 40 Aleix ESPARGARO PONS KALEX 43'15.603 12.295
7 3 Simone CORSI FTR 43'22.047 18.739
8 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 43'22.226 18.918
9 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 43'23.716 20.408
10 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 43'23.874 20.566
11 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 43'26.533 23.225
12 4 Randy KRUMMENACHE KALEX 43'26.667 23.359
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO FTR 43'26.984 23.676
14 51 Michele PIRRO MORIWAKI 43'28.064 24.756
15 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER MZ-RE HONDA 43'28.371 25.063
16 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 43'32.895 29.587
17 9 Kenny NOYES FTR 43'36.111 32.803
18 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 43'36.305 32.803
19 35 Raffaele DE ROSA MORIWAKI 43'36.581 33.273
20 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ FTR 43'38.145 34.837
21 34 Esteve RABAT FTR 43'39.073 35.765
22 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 43'44.810 41.502
23 75 Mattia PASINI FTR 43'53.010 49.702
24 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT FTR 43'53.506 50.198
25 13 Anthony WEST MZ-RE HONDA 43'54.097 50.789
26 54 Kenan SOFUOGLU SUTER 43'54.670 51.362
27 49 Kev COGHLAN FTR 43'54.779 51.471
28 53 Valentin DEBISE FTR 44'05.212 1'01.904
29 21 Javier FORES SUTER 44'17.347 1'14.039
30 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 44'17.646 1'14.338
31 95 Mashel AL NAIMI MORIWAKI 44'32.135 1'28.827
32 8 Alexander CUDLIN MORIWAKI 44'33.197 1'29.889
Not Classified
  63 Mike DI MEGLIO TECH 3 40'06.593 2 laps
  80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 38'31.416 3 laps
  88 Ricard CARDUS MORIWAKI 31'54.618 7 laps
  97 Steven ODENDAAL SUTER 24'26.483 12 laps
  25 Alex BALDOLINI SUTER 18'32.020 15 laps
  36 Mika KALLIO SUTER 8'11.455 22 laps
  29 Andrea IANNONE SUTER    
  64 Santiago HERNANDEZ      


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race so far. Marquez was fantastic, but Bradl consistency and speed seem to come straight from title winning text books.

It'll get all more interesting once Ianonne settles down and Marquez rack up more and more good results!

Very good Moto 2 race, Marquez finally settled down and won! I agree with clx in that once Iannone settles down we could be in for a show