2011 Silverstone Moto2 Race Results: Calm Heads Prevail In Soaking Conditions

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Silverstone:

Stefan Bradl has taken a measured and collected victory in the first race of the day at Silverstone, staying calm in the cold and wet conditions which saw his rivals make mistake after mistake around him. Bradl's win takes his championship lead to 62 points, meaning the Viessmann Kiefer rider can afford two DNFs and still lead the title race.

Bradl got a strong start and led the first lap, only to have Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding come by him in the final pair of corners. But once past, Redding could not build a lead, Bradl tagging along with the Brit until he could pass him on lap 4. From that moment on, Redding started on a slow, backward slide that would see him finish the race in 5th.

Bradl may have taken the lead from Redding, but his supremacy would not go unchallenged. The German inched away from Redding, but Mattia Pasini was on his way forward. The Ioda Racing rider was blisteringly fast in the wet, but his pace proved to be a little too much for the conditions. Pasini pass Bradl in the first infield section on lap 6, but a lap later, he had crashed out, losing the front going into Vale and not remounting.

Bradl would not be challenged again, but the battle for the podium was far from settled. The prime early candidates were Kenan Sofuoglu, Bradley Smith, Scott Redding and Michele Pirro, with Sofuoglu and Smith holding the best cards. But as Sofuoglu pushed on to try to catch Bradl, he made a mistake, crashing out and rejoining in 11th. Smith now had a firm grip on 2nd, coming home to take his first ever Moto2 podium after a qualifying nightmare saw him fined and starting from 28th, while Pirro held on to secure 3rd.

Bradl's consistency is now paying rich rewards, as the German keeps scoring points while his opponents fail. The second place man in the championship is Simone Corsi, but the Italian finished the race in 10th. Third-place man Yuki Takahashi did a little better to finish in 7th, while Andrea Iannone finished just outside the points in 16th. A 62 point lead is a very comfortable margin indeed for Bradl.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 65 Stefan BRADL KALEX 44'10.236  
2 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 44'17.837 7.601
3 51 Michele PIRRO MORIWAKI 44'22.477 12.241
4 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 44'27.507 17.271
5 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 44'33.767 23.531
6 34 Esteve RABAT FTR 44'38.897 28.661
7 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 44'42.627 32.391
8 54 Kenan SOFUOGLU SUTER 44'44.898 34.662
9 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ FTR 44'47.417 37.181
10 3 Simone CORSI FTR 44'49.217 38.981
11 4 Randy KRUMMENACHE KALEX 44'49.893 39.657
12 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER FTR 45'01.858 51.622
13 49 Kev COGHLAN FTR 45'05.046 54.810
14 25 Alex BALDOLINI SUTER 45'06.478 56.242
15 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 45'11.005 1'00.769
16 29 Andrea IANNONE SUTER 45'16.434 1'06.198
17 63 Mike DI MEGLIO TECH 3 45'29.766 1'19.530
18 40 Aleix ESPARGARO PONS KALEX 45'37.328 1'27.092
19 21 Javier FORES SUTER 45'40.085 1'29.849
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 45'40.574 1'30.338
21 35 Raffaele DE ROSA FTR 46'08.028 1'57.792
22 53 Valentin DEBISE FTR 46'21.340 2'11.104
23 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 46'39.404 2'29.168
24 95 Mashel AL NAIMI MORIWAKI 46'17.686 1 lap
25 96 Nasser Hasan AL MALKI MORIWAKI 46'17.874 1 lap
Not Classified
  44 Pol ESPARGARO FTR 40'37.790 2 laps
  13 Anthony WEST FTR 35'57.034 4 laps
  9 Kenny NOYES FTR 36'32.950 4 laps
  71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 34'51.983 5 laps
  15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 29'02.710 7 laps
  19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 26'07.030 8 laps
  31 Carmelo MORALES MORIWAKI 20'31.318 10 laps
  14 Ratthapark WILAIROT FTR 20'40.922 10 laps
  93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 18'16.056 11 laps
  75 Mattia PASINI FTR 14'52.734 12 laps
  36 Mika KALLIO SUTER 15'05.761 12 laps
  18 Jordi TORRES SUTER 7'46.425 15 laps
  80 Axel PONS KALEX    

 

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Comments

Maybe the most boring race thus far but still just so exciting!!! Bradl is just unreal, perfect race for him.
Felt gutted about Pasini and Sofuoglu, but I mean even Bradl had a few moments and he rode flawlessly so...
Not from the UK but I was really rooting for a double British podium. Great racing from everyone today