2011 Phillip Island Moto2 FP2 Result: De Angelis Heads Up Iannone

Alex de Angelis was top of the pile at the end of the Moto2 session at Phillip Island, last year's winner in Australian just holding off challenges from Andrea Iannone, Stefan Bradl and Claudio Corti. Iannone had looked consistently strong throughout the session, but Bradl only really gathered himself together towards the end of practice, making steady progress towards the front of the field. Bradl's confidence had taken a knock in the morning, the Viessmann Kiefer rider crashing in the fast and scary final left hander leaving on to the main straight during FP1.

Championship leader Marc Marquez was also suffering the consequences of a morning crash. At the end of FP1, after the checkered flag had been waved, Marquez steamed into the back of Ratthark Wilairot, who was riding slowly after having done a test start. Both men crashed heavily, Wilairot coming off far worse, having been transported to a local hospital with suspected leg and back injuries. In the process, Marquez also wrote off his only 2012-spec Suter chassis, and the lack of confidence and a return to an older chassis meant the Spaniard could only manage the 17th fastest time during the afternoon session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 1'34.466    
2 29 Andrea IANNONE SUTER 1'34.568 0.102 0.102
3 65 Stefan BRADL KALEX 1'34.580 0.114 0.012
4 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 1'34.600 0.134 0.020
5 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 1'34.783 0.317 0.183
6 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 1'34.956 0.490 0.173
7 36 Mika KALLIO SUTER 1'34.964 0.498 0.008
8 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 1'34.969 0.503 0.005
9 75 Mattia PASINI FTR 1'34.984 0.518 0.015
10 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 1'35.124 0.658 0.140
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO FTR 1'35.181 0.715 0.057
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ FTR 1'35.195 0.729 0.014
13 13 Anthony WEST MZ 1'35.245 0.779 0.050
14 51 Michele PIRRO MORIWAKI 1'35.248 0.782 0.003
15 54 Kenan SOFUOGLU SUTER 1'35.265 0.799 0.017
16 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER MZ 1'35.278 0.812 0.013
17 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 1'35.291 0.825 0.013
18 40 Aleix ESPARGARO KALEX 1'35.362 0.896 0.071
19 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 1'35.438 0.972 0.076
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 1'35.459 0.993 0.021
21 34 Esteve RABAT FTR 1'35.522 1.056 0.063
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO TECH 3 1'35.690 1.224 0.168
23 35 Raffaele DE ROSA SUTER 1'35.797 1.331 0.107
24 80 Axel PONS KALEX 1'35.966 1.500 0.169
25 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER KALEX 1'36.004 1.538 0.038
26 18 Jordi TORRES SUTER 1'36.037 1.571 0.033
27 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 1'36.344 1.878 0.307
28 6 Joan OLIVE FTR 1'36.438 1.972 0.094
29 88 Ricard CARDUS MORIWAKI 1'37.278 2.812 0.840
30 9 Kenny NOYES FTR 1'37.367 2.901 0.089
31 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 1'37.388 2.922 0.021
32 53 Valentin DEBISE FTR 1'37.575 3.109 0.187
33 20 Ivan MORENO SUTER 1'38.032 3.566 0.457
34 64 Santiago HERNANDEZ FTR 1'38.506 4.040 0.474
35 43 Kris McLAREN SUTER 1'38.936 4.470 0.430
36 95 Mashel AL NAIMI MORIWAKI 1'39.068 4.602 0.132
37 56 Blake LEIGH-SMITH FTR 1'39.090 4.624 0.022
  3 Simone CORSI FTR      
  14 Ratthapark WILAIROT FTR      

 

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Very sorry to hear Wilairot suffered injuries. He's had a shitty couple of years.

The pendulum of momentum which has appeared to be swinging inexorably the way of Marquez just might have turned back in Bradl's direction. Moto2 2011 is far from done and dusted.

Marquez will be starting from the back of the grid, if the 1min qualification penalty remains as handed down.

This is huge. Could Moto2 be any more exciting than MotoGP this year? Marquez is a mercurial talent but I sincerely hope Bradl takes the championship. His performance in the first half of the season was majestic, but keeping your head down and working hard when the momentum is against you is the stuff that real champions are made of.

It must be! This is Kristian! (apologies to everyone else)
I thought you were up for Marquez taking the title? I completely agree with your current comment though. It would be an explosive finish if Bradl pipped Marquez to the title!

hey!
Yeah I did want Marquez when he was underdog, fighting hard for wins, but now Bradl is up against it I want him. Plus, Marquez looks like he's being groomed for a factory ride at repsol, but I would love to see Bradl in MotoGP sooner rather than later!

I saw that Marquez left the box with about 1 minute left in the session. That meant that there was no way he could have made an out lap and had any chance to post a new time. I can understand wanting to do a soft lap to shakedown a bike build. It just seemed like a bad idea even before the crash. It proved to be. It didn't look like there was much braking before the impact.