2011 Indianapolis Moto2 Race Result: Easy Victory Masks Fascinating Podium Battle

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.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 45'50.601  
2 44 Pol ESPARGARO FTR 45'52.490 1.889
3 34 Esteve RABAT FTR 45'52.911 2.310
4 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 45'53.990 3.389
5 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 45'56.275 5.674
6 65 Stefan BRADL KALEX 45'59.735 9.134
7 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 45'59.948 9.347
8 75 Mattia PASINI FTR 46'05.611 15.010
9 36 Mika KALLIO SUTER 46'05.632 15.031
10 40 Aleix ESPARGARO PONS KALEX 46'05.940 15.339
11 29 Andrea IANNONE SUTER 46'08.048 17.447
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 46'12.328 21.727
13 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 46'14.880 24.279
14 3 Simone CORSI FTR 46'16.315 25.714
15 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 46'17.495 26.894
16 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 46'17.976 27.375
17 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 46'18.147 27.546
18 18 Jordi TORRES SUTER 46'18.365 27.764
19 88 Ricard CARDUS MORIWAKI 46'18.547 27.946
20 51 Michele PIRRO MORIWAKI 46'19.963 29.362
21 4 Randy KRUMMENACHE KALEX 46'22.302 31.701
22 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 46'22.631 32.030
23 35 Raffaele DE ROSA SUTER 46'22.701 32.100
24 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER MZ-RE HONDA 46'25.988 35.387
25 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 46'28.402 37.801
26 13 Anthony WEST MZ-RE HONDA 46'32.747 42.146
27 63 Mike DI MEGLIO TECH 3 46'44.092 53.491
28 10 Martin CARDENAS FTR 46'49.548 58.947
29 73 JD BEACH FTR 46'54.935 1'04.334
30 53 Valentin DEBISE FTR 47'02.831 1'12.230
31 32 Jacob GAGNE FTR 47'03.104 1'12.503
32 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 47'05.778 1'15.177
33 64 Santiago HERNANDEZ FTR 47'06.500 1'15.899
34 25 Alex BALDOLINI PONS KALEX 47'27.703 1'37.102
35 95 Mashel AL NAIMI MORIWAKI 46'33.264 1 lap
Not Classified
  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

 

2011
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Comments

as rider pogo up and down positions race by race. All except two that is. Brilliant rides by both the leading two title protagonists. On a track with supposedly a narrow clean racing line that was a fantastically cool and clinical ride by Bradl. The title chase just got a whole lot tighter though...

The question is, why so much pogoing?

This track may have been anomalous but really, to have guys moving 20 places from one race to the next seems extraordinary to me. Moreover it doesn't seem to matter who built the chassis, or even when (looked like 2010 and 2011 FTR's on the podium behind a Suter, with Bradl looking ultra fast on the Kalex.

Is it that the teams are still struggling to deal with setting up the 4 strokes after years spent learning the ropes on 125's and 250's? Are they just taking guesses to try to get the tyres to work which sometimes help and sometimes don't?

There has certainly been some impressive racing, and Bradl and Marquez are looking like real talents... but I wonder how much other talent is being lost in the random noise.

Great ride by Bradl, Marquez, Espargaro, Rabat, and the Brits. I wish that the Italians didn't fade so much, the end of that race would have been awesome.

Can't wait for Misano.