Results and summary of Moto2 race at Phillip Island:
Alex de Angelis has taken his second Moto2 victory in a row at Phillip Island, getting past Stefan Bradl with a last lap pass to take the win in Australia. With Marc Marquez finishing in 3rd after an astounding charge through the field, the championship is still close, Bradl taking over from Marquez, but his lead just 3 points.
De Angelis got a dream start, leading into Doohan Corner, ahead of a bunch including Scott Redding, Pol Espargaro, Mike di Meglio, Bradley Smith and Kenan Sofuoglu. While Bradl got caught in traffic, Marquez was off to a flyer from the very back of the grid, punishment for a dangerous practice crash, passing the three rows ahead of him before the exited the first corner, and up into 16th by the time they crossed the line for the first time. A bunch formed at the front, the lead swapping between Redding and Espargaro, allowing Bradl to first catch and then pass the riders head, taking over the lead on lap 5.
The only rider to match Bradl's pace was Alex de Angelis, the pair pulling a gap from lap 6, and the two would not be caught again. While Bradl pressed on, De Angelis biding his time in Bradl's wake, only passing the German for a single lap mid-race to test his strength, Marquez had caught up with the group fighting for 5th, and then pulled that group onto the next group, closing in on Claudio Corti who had taken 3rd as the riders behind him held each other up in the action. Once Marquez caught Corti, he passed him fairly easily, but the charge through the field was starting to take its toll on the Spaniard's tires, and Corti latched onto the back of Marquez as they followed the leaders home.
At the front, Bradl looked to have the race in the bag, but De Angelis had other ideas. He lined the German up on the penultimate lap out of the final corner, passing Bradl for the lead as they headed into Doohan Corner. Bradl tried to come back on the way into the Southern Loop, clipping the back of De Angelis and then running wide. De Angelis went on to take an easy victory, a bitterly disappointed Bradl crossing the line in 2nd. Behind the leaders, Marquez was having increasing trouble holding off Claudio Corti, but after being passed by the Italian a couple of times through Doohan, then repassing him through Siberia, he looked to have 3rd place in hand. A run-in with a backmarker allowed Corti to get right back with the Spaniard, but Corti could not get close enough to make a move on Marquez, the Spaniard going on to take the podium, an astonishing feat after coming through the field from the very back of the grid.
De Angelis' victory was a sensitive blow for Stefan Bradl, cutting the points he could have had over Marquez leaving the race. Bradl takes over the lead again, but his advantage is still slim: Bradl leads Marquez by just 3 points, and the championship looks like going down to the wire.
|1||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||MOTOBI||39'44.774|
|9||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||TECH 3||40'01.105||16.331|
|13||40||Aleix ESPARGARO||PONS KALEX||40'14.069||29.295|
|18||38||Bradley SMITH||TECH 3||40'28.294||43.520|
|19||80||Axel PONS||PONS KALEX||40'31.838||47.064|
|20||35||Raffaele DE ROSA||SUTER||40'35.131||50.357|
|25||20||Ivan MORENO||SUTER||39'49.997||1 lap|
|26||64||Santiago HERNANDEZ||FTR||39'54.371||1 lap|
|27||56||Blake LEIGHSMITH||FTR||39'56.099||1 lap|
|28||95||Mashel AL NAIMI||MORIWAKI||41'13.556||1 lap|
|39||Robertino PIETRI||SUTER||33'19.722||5 laps|
|53||Valentin DEBISE||FTR||34'51.537||6 laps|
|43||Kris McLAREN||SUTER||23'10.258||11 laps|
|19||Xavier SIMEON||TECH 3||19'45.700||13 laps|
|16||Jules CLUZEL||SUTER||20'16.109||13 laps|
|76||Max NEUKIRCHNER||FTR||1'44.311||24 laps|