2011 Catalunya Moto2 Race Result: Comfortable Victory In Incident-Filled Race

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Catalunya:

Stefan Bradl has taken his third victory of the year, winning the Catalunya Moto2 race in convincing fashion.

Bradl took the lead straight off the line, and though he was challenged early by Julian Simon, the Aspar rider even taking the lead from the German in the early laps, once the Viessmann Kiefer rider had got the lead back he took charge of the race. Edging slowly away from the chasing group, Bradl went on to win by a comfortable margin.

That chasing group saw a lot of the best action in the race. Once Julian Simon lost touch with Bradl, he fell back into the clutches of Aleix Espargaro, and while the two men scrapped, the Technomag CIP pairing of Kenan Sofuoglu and Dominique Aegerter closed, Sofuoglu passing Aegerter to lead the chase. The foursome soon became five, as Marc Marquez also closed to join the ranks.

What looked like being a fierce battle ensued, with Sofuoglu passing first Espargaro, and then going on to challenge Simon. The Technomag man challenged a little too hard, as it happened, clipping Simon's rear wheel land sending the Mapfre Aspar man flying, tumbling through the gravel and then clipped by Sofuoglu's bike. The World Supersport champion immediately acknowledged his error, rushing across to apologize to Simon as the Spaniard hung over the fence receiving medical attention. Apologies were in order, as Simon broke both bones his left lower leg.

The incident between Simon and Sofuoglu settled the podium battle finally, the gaps opened up only growing larger. Marc Marquez went on to take 2nd place at his home race, finishing ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who had made a mistake earlier and lost a lot of ground to Marquez.

With Simon crashing out, and probably ruled out for the next two races at the very least, and Iannone only managing to score a single point in 15th, Bradl's victory gives him a commanding lead in the championship. And with nobody in a real position to challenge him at the moment, things are looking very good for the German.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 65 Stefan BRADL KALEX 41'38.888  
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 41'43.029 4.141
3 40 Aleix ESPARGARO PONS KALEX 41'47.297 8.409
4 3 Simone CORSI FTR 41'49.219 10.331
5 4 Randy KRUMMENACHE KALEX 41'50.549 11.661
6 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 41'51.271 12.383
7 34 Esteve RABAT FTR 41'51.490 12.602
8 36 Mika KALLIO SUTER 41'52.355 13.467
9 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ FTR 41'55.500 16.612
10 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER FTR 41'55.623 16.735
11 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 41'55.919 17.031
12 51 Michele PIRRO MORIWAKI 41'57.348 18.460
13 25 Alex BALDOLINI SUTER 42'01.821 22.933
14 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 42'02.304 23.416
15 29 Andrea IANNONE SUTER 42'02.337 23.449
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO FTR 42'02.958 24.070
17 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 42'02.999 24.111
18 31 Carmelo MORALES MORIWAKI 42'04.239 25.351
19 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 42'08.137 29.249
20 53 Valentin DEBISE FTR 42'13.965 35.077
21 64 Santiago HERNANDEZ FTR 42'20.554 41.666
22 13 Anthony WEST FTR 42'30.991 52.103
23 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 42'41.380 1'02.492
24 49 Kev COGHLAN FTR 42'55.182 1'16.294
Not Classified
  80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 32'47.386 5 laps
  60 Julian SIMON SUTER 27'10.353 8 laps
  54 Kenan SOFUOGLU SUTER 27'10.821 8 laps
  77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 27'11.190 8 laps
  21 Javier FORES SUTER 21'18.290 12 laps
  75 Mattia PASINI FTR 12'54.359 16 laps
  12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 9'07.271 18 laps
  72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 9'07.502 18 laps
  63 Mike DI MEGLIO TECH 3 9'13.288 18 laps
  39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 5'37.755 20 laps
  95 Mashel AL NAIMI MORIWAKI 4'05.332 21 laps
  9 Kenny NOYES FTR    

 

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That is what I was thinking as well.

I hope that when he comes up to MotoGP he gets a good ride. I would imagine that the CRT teams are pretty hot on him right now, and he may already have a deal.

It's been a very exciting race. With Iannone starting from way back, messing it up early but getting a single point in the end. Kenan Sofuoglu getting up to 5th in just 3 laps from 17th on the grid. Bradl's indisputable pace. Marquez getting second and good points for the championship. And the fight for 4th from the others until the end.
It maybe very soon to say this, but if Stefan Bradl keeps steady for a little more than a month from now (until after Sachsenring - which will be his home round) he will surely be this year's champion.
On the other hand I think we have finally seen what Kenan can do when he's feeling competitive on the bike... until the accident. I watched him climb the order on the edge of my seat because he seemed pushing very hard; sliding on the brakes most of the time, taking different lines into the corners (it's his first time ever at this circuit). I believe that's why he ran into Simon's rear wheel. The hit is very similar to the Rossi-Stoner crash at Jerez, surely Kenan's mistake - misjudging his braking, and it's a normal racing incident. What I don't understand, and find ridiculous is why he and Simon are summoned by the Race Direction. Kenan acknowledged his fault immediately and apologized to Simon, so what's the point of calling them for a hearing, really? I'm sorry for Simon's injuries because he's one of the guys at the top end and he'll miss a race or two, but these things happen in racing. It seems to me that Race Direction is making a mess lately (first with the Simoncelli-Pedrosa crash and its aftermath, then Zarco's penalty today) and we the fans are losing a lot of enjoyment from watching the racing. I want to see the scores settled at the flag and none of the bullying afterwards.

In Jerez, it was Rossi that crashed in front of Stoner. I think Sofuoglu has a bit of a rep for riding over the edge and this is an example. He simply rear-ended the rider in front, just not in control. He'll just probably get put on notice. 2nd time's the 'charm'.

I think Simon is just called to the meeting to be included in the process rather than possibly be penalized.

You're right about Rossi crashing in front of Stoner, what I meant was that Kenan Sofuoglu made a mistake in his braking like Rossi did at Jerez.
And I agree, Kenan has been agressive over the years (at Miller Motosports Park WSSP in 2009, and at Valencia Moto2 last year are just two examples I can remember now) but I still think he didn't intend to be aggressive when he crashed into Simon's rear today, it was just a misjudgement (like Rossi's at Jerez). I also know that Simon has no fault in any of that and won't be punished, what I don't get is the need to tell Kenan to be careful when he knows that already. IMO, it's a shame that the Race Direction is quickly turning into a nanny state.