2011 Sachsenring Moto2 Race Result: Race-Long Duel Settled In Final Laps

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at the Sachsenring:

Marc Marquez has taken his fourth victory of the season, holding off a challenge from championship leader Stefan Bradl throughout the race. With the victory, Marquez has taken back a few precious championship points from Bradl, but Bradl retains a comfortable lead.

Marquez got away from the line first, but Bradl sneaked up the inside to tip into turn 1 in first, but Marquez was straight back into the lead. That set the tone for the entire race, with Marquez and Bradl taking it in turns to lead, with little separating the pair throughout most of the race. Alex de Angelis got in between Marquez and Bradl early, but Bradl got back past the Italian on lap 10, taking De Angelis at the bottom of the hill before the riders headed back up towards the start and finish straight.

Bradl took the lead from Marquez 4 laps later, leaving Marquez to fall into the clutches of De Angelis. The Italian got past the Spaniard a lap later in the final corner, but at the end of the front straight, Marquez was back again. De Angelis tried once more on lap 17, this time making the pass stick for longer. The pair swapped positions at Turn 1 for a few more laps, before Marquez finally settled the duel on lap 21. A lap later, Marquez was past Bradl at the bottom of the hill, and though the German put up a stout defense, he was forced to concede defeat with two laps to go. Marquez went on to take a surprisingly comfortable victory after what was a very hard fought race.

Bradl hung on to take 2nd, with Alex de Angelis forced to settle for 3rd, and the final spot on the podium. A surprising Randy Krummenacher ended the race in 4th, having made a late charge through the field to dislodge fellow Swiss native Thomas Luthi, who had lost touch with the leaders in the latter stages of the race.

Marquez victory cuts Bradl's championship lead by 5 points, but the Viessmann Kiefer rider still has a 47 point lead over the Repsol-backed Marquez. Marquez is on a roll, though, having won three races on the run, and four out of the past six. But at the rate of 5 points a race, Marquez has his work cut out for him.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 41'37.457  
2 65 Stefan BRADL KALEX 41'38.353 0.896
3 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 41'38.844 1.387
4 4 Randy KRUMMENACHE KALEX 41'40.870 3.413
5 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 41'41.642 4.185
6 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ FTR 41'45.148 7.691
7 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 41'48.063 10.606
8 3 Simone CORSI FTR 41'48.124 10.667
9 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 41'49.536 12.079
10 51 Michele PIRRO MORIWAKI 41'49.794 12.337
11 54 Kenan SOFUOGLU SUTER 41'50.654 13.197
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 41'58.973 21.516
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO FTR 41'59.109 21.652
14 29 Andrea IANNONE SUTER 41'59.284 21.827
15 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 41'59.695 22.238
16 63 Mike DI MEGLIO TECH 3 41'59.816 22.359
17 25 Alex BALDOLINI SUTER 42'03.955 26.498
18 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 42'07.594 30.137
19 75 Mattia PASINI FTR 42'11.480 34.023
20 9 Kenny NOYES FTR 42'11.645 34.188
21 18 Jordi TORRES SUTER 42'11.757 34.300
22 80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 42'12.406 34.949
23 13 Anthony WEST FTR 42'26.606 49.149
24 64 Santiago HERNANDEZ FTR 42'27.359 49.902
25 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT FTR 42'30.637 53.180
26 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 42'35.130 57.673
27 97 Steven ODENDAAL SUTER 42'49.775 1'12.318
28 88 Ricard CARDUS MORIWAKI 42'50.400 1'12.943
29 24 Tommaso LORENZETTI FTR 42'15.062 1 lap
30 95 Mashel AL NAIMI MORIWAKI 42'17.363 1 lap
Not Classified
  72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 33'14.328 6 laps
  34 Esteve RABAT FTR 27'57.194 10 laps
  38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 21'40.505 14 laps
  40 Aleix ESPARGARO PONS KALEX 7'13.140 24 laps
  76 Max NEUKIRCHNER MZ-RE HONDA 7'13.300 24 laps
  53 Valentin DEBISE FTR 2'59.880 27 laps
  60 Julian SIMON SUTER    
Not finished first lap
  36 Mika KALLIO SUTER      

 

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Many of us thought that as soon as Marquez stayed on the thing and knocked off one win, many would follow - and so they have. As he said he now knows the bike and feels confident on it. Plenty more wins to come, the young man is a superstar in the making. Yet Bradl is a chip off his old mans block and is made of stern stuff, he has this championship under control right now.

That very forceful pass Bradl put on DeAngelis into turn one on lap 2 was a big statement to me - 'out of my way this is my home G.P, my stage, and this championship fight is between Marquez and I'. Bradl rode brilliantly with all the weight of German expectation and pressure at home.

A friend & I were musing that Tech 3 and LCR (perhaps Gresini) have rides waiting respectively for Bradl & Marquez 2012.

Some great racing throughout. A big move forward by Krummenacher late in the race too - impressive. Poor old Neukirchner though, looking good at home on the M.Z and the innocent victim of Espargaro's nasty highside. It can be such a cruel game racing.