2011 Misano Moto2 Race Result: Race-Long Thriller Keeps Championship Tight

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.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 43'08.197  
2 65 Stefan BRADL KALEX 43'08.816 0.619
3 29 Andrea IANNONE SUTER 43'08.910 0.713
4 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 43'09.831 1.634
5 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 43'11.472 3.275
6 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 43'11.633 3.436
7 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 43'13.452 5.255
8 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 43'16.936 8.739
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO FTR 43'21.421 13.224
10 3 Simone CORSI FTR 43'21.748 13.551
11 34 Esteve RABAT FTR 43'25.730 17.533
12 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 43'26.360 18.163
13 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 43'26.451 18.254
14 51 Michele PIRRO MORIWAKI 43'27.377 19.180
15 36 Mika KALLIO SUTER 43'32.651 24.454
16 63 Mike DI MEGLIO TECH 3 43'33.055 24.858
17 75 Mattia PASINI FTR 43'33.189 24.992
18 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 43'43.555 35.358
19 4 Randy KRUMMENACHE KALEX 43'43.997 35.800
20 7 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA SUTER 43'45.568 37.371
21 88 Ricard CARDUS MORIWAKI 43'45.681 37.484
22 35 Raffaele DE ROSA SUTER 43'56.101 47.904
23 9 Kenny NOYES FTR 43'57.030 48.833
24 64 Santiago HERNANDEZ FTR 44'05.055 56.858
25 53 Valentin DEBISE FTR 44'14.968 1'06.771
26 6 Joan OLIVE FTR 44'15.250 1'07.053
27 13 Anthony WEST MZ-RE HONDA 44'21.575 1'13.378
28 32 Jacob GAGNE FTR 44'29.938 1'21.741
29 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI FTR 44'38.841 1'30.644
30 95 Mashel AL NAIMI MORIWAKI 43'55.412 1 lap
Not Classified
  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    
  39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER    
  14 Ratthapark WILAIROT FTR    

 

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Comments

...once again Moto2 is the real spectacle. Too bad Marquez had it a little easy on the last two laps, but that's even better for the championship.

It was really interesting to see how different were Iannone's lines

Hats off to both guys, they did an excellent job. The pressure on both of them must be insane and they kept their heads incredibly cool.