Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Misano:
Marc Marquez has taken victory in a closely-fought and thrilling Moto2 race at Misano, cutting his deficit to Stefan Bradl in the championship to just 23 points with five races to go. Bradl limited the damage by holding on to 2nd, despite enormous pressure throughout the race.
The race turned into a typical Moto2 thriller, with passes happening just about every lap throughout the race. Bradl got the drop off the line, with Marquez and Scott Redding following, and Tech 3's Bradley Smith not far behind. Andrea Iannone took the place of Smith with the leaders, and the front four soon built up a lead. Bradl's lead was short-lived, the Viessmann Kiefer rider having a big moment around turns 12 and 13, almost getting thrown out of the saddle and allowing Marquez and Redding past. A lap later, Redding took the lead from Marquez, then Marquez had a moment similar to Bradl's, allowing Bradl and Iannone past.
From that point on, the gloves were off, Redding leading early but his lead never more than a few tenths. Places swapped behind the Englishman, and then Iannone started to apply the pressure, losing out when Marquez put a forceful and brave move on the pair through Turn 12, the fastest part of the track. With Bradl down in 4th, it was the German's turn to barge his way forward, taking advantage of Iannone and Marquez disputing the lead.
The lead swapped constantly from that point on, the race only settled on lap 21, when Marquez squeezed through on Iannone through the Quercia left hander. Bradl tried to follow, but got tangled up with Iannone for just long enough to give Marquez enough of a gap to bring it home for the victory. Bradl finally got past Iannone on the penultimate lap, diving up the inside of Quercia to secure 2nd. He gave chase to Marquez, but would never catch him, settling for limiting the damage to his championship lead.
Marquez' victory means that Bradl's lead has now been cut to 23 points, and the German will have to finish ahead of the Spaniard in at least one more race this season. Given Marquez' recent form - winning 5 of the last 6 races - that could turn out to be very tough indeed.
|4||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||MOTOBI||43'09.831||1.634|
|6||38||Bradley SMITH||TECH 3||43'11.633||3.436|
|16||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||TECH 3||43'33.055||24.858|
|22||35||Raffaele DE ROSA||SUTER||43'56.101||47.904|
|27||13||Anthony WEST||MZ-RE HONDA||44'21.575||1'13.378|
|30||95||Mashel AL NAIMI||MORIWAKI||43'55.412||1 lap|
|40||Aleix ESPARGARO||PONS KALEX||21'54.541||13 laps|
|76||Max NEUKIRCHNER||MZ-RE HONDA||21'59.783||13 laps|
|31||Carmelo MORALES||MORIWAKI||20'29.000||14 laps|
|16||Jules CLUZEL||SUTER||10'06.863||20 laps|
|25||Alex BALDOLINI||PONS KALEX|
|19||Xavier SIMEON||TECH 3|