Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Indianapolis:
Marc Marquez has won the Moto2 race at Indianapolis in convincing style, dominating the contest from the early laps and controlling the race to close down his gap to championship leader Stefan Bradl. Bradl, starting from 22nd after a big crash in practice, rode a brilliant race to charge through the field and salvage a lot of points, limiting the damage.
Marquez looked to have the jump when the lights went out, but he was soon swamped by Bradley Smith, the Tech 3 rider getting a brilliant start to take the lead into Turn 1, with Ioda Racing's Simone Corsi following the Englishman through. Corsi then passed Smith to take the lead, while Marquez regrouped. It took the Spaniard a couple of laps, but once back past Smith, he was soon onto Corsi, and trailing Andrea Iannone in his wake, pushing Corsi for the lead. It took the Catalunya Caixa rider 7 laps, but eventually, Corsi was forced to capitulate, Marquez taking the lead into Turn 1. From that moment on, Marquez was gone, the Spaniard taking chunks out of everyone behind him. Marquez pushed, pulling out a lead that grew to nearly 7 seconds, before easing up to bring it home for his 5th win of the season.
If Marquez' victory left little to the imagination, there was plenty of entertainment behind. A group of four formed, with Tito Rabat, Pol Espargaro, Andrea Iannone, Simone Corsi, Bradley Smith and Scott Redding all engaged in close combat. Corsi and Iannone looked the favorites to take the other podium spots, but the two Italians suffered the most with their tires. First Corsi was forced to let go, and then Iannone, both me drifting well down the field to finish outside the top 10.
Meanwhile, the two Spaniards led the two Britons for most of the race, Smith and Redding - a latecomer to the party at the front - challenging, passing occasionally, but always losing out, Rabat holding off Espargaro early, but Espargaro passing the Blusens-STX rider on lap 19, and Rabat never truly able to challenge again. The two crossed the line to take the final two podium spots, and their first podiums in Moto2. The sense of relief for Espargaro was especially strong, the Spaniard having had a tough first few months on Moto2 after being accustomed to dominating in 125s.
Smith crossed the line to finish 4th, underlining his form as a regular Moto2 front runner, and sealing it with good points instead of a DNF. Redding was as pleased as Espargaro, the young Brit having had a terrible year in 2011 after a strong season in 2010.
Championship leader Stefan Bradl came home in an impressive 6th, an outstanding result after starting the race down in 22nd, a result of a heavy fall he had in practice. Bradl had picked off riders almost at will, working his way forward to limit the damage to Marquez to just 15 points, after what looked like it could have been a lot more. Bradl's lead has been cut back significantly, but he still has a 28-point advantage over Marc Marquez. With Marquez now up to full speed, having won 4 of the last 5 races, and bringing his total victories of the season to 5, he is going to push Bradl all the way for the title. Salvaging a 6th from the 8th row of the grid is the kind of ride that championships are made of.
|4||38||Bradley SMITH||TECH 3||45'53.990||3.389|
|10||40||Aleix ESPARGARO||PONS KALEX||46'05.940||15.339|
|13||19||Xavier SIMEON||TECH 3||46'14.880||24.279|
|15||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||MOTOBI||46'17.495||26.894|
|23||35||Raffaele DE ROSA||SUTER||46'22.701||32.100|
|24||76||Max NEUKIRCHNER||MZ-RE HONDA||46'25.988||35.387|
|26||13||Anthony WEST||MZ-RE HONDA||46'32.747||42.146|
|27||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||TECH 3||46'44.092||53.491|
|34||25||Alex BALDOLINI||PONS KALEX||47'27.703||1'37.102|
|35||95||Mashel AL NAIMI||MORIWAKI||46'33.264||1 lap|
|14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||FTR||37'33.318||5 laps|
|31||Carmelo MORALES||MORIWAKI||27'34.978||11 laps|
|9||Kenny NOYES||FTR||13'34.667||19 laps|