2011 Phillip Island Moto2 Race Result: Intriguing Race Keeps Championship Open

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.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 39'44.774  
2 65 Stefan BRADL KALEX 39'46.132 1.358
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 39'51.136 6.362
4 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 39'51.249 6.475
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO FTR 39'59.589 14.815
6 54 Kenan SOFUOGLU SUTER 39'59.929 15.155
7 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 40'00.035 15.261
8 29 Andrea IANNONE SUTER 40'00.821 16.047
9 63 Mike DI MEGLIO TECH 3 40'01.105 16.331
10 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 40'05.111 20.337
11 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 40'06.855 22.081
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 40'11.022 26.248
13 40 Aleix ESPARGARO PONS KALEX 40'14.069 29.295
14 51 Michele PIRRO MORIWAKI 40'14.977 30.203
15 3 Simone CORSI FTR 40'15.519 30.745
16 36 Mika KALLIO SUTER 40'15.550 30.776
17 88 Ricard CARDUS MORIWAKI 40'15.558 30.784
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
21 4 Randy KRUMMENACHE KALEX 40'35.138 50.364
22 9 Kenny NOYES FTR 40'49.521 1'04.747
23 6 Joan OLIVE FTR 40'49.681 1'04.907
24 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ FTR 41'04.508 1'19.734
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
Not Classified
  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
  75 Mattia PASINI FTR    
  18 Jordi TORRES SUTER    
  34 Esteve RABAT FTR    
  13 Anthony WEST FTR    

 

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I picked up the MotoGP HD package for the Moto2 race in particular and wow what a race. It may not have been as close up front as some of the others this year but what a ride by De Angelis and especially Marquez. Moto2 is such a great series to watch. I would really like to see the top 5 or so guys be able to go to MotoGP even if on CRT machines. They may not be pushing for race wins but they aren't scared to push, shove, and elbow. That's the kind of racing that people get excited about.

Total votes: 62

Marquez is without doubt my rider of the day across all classes. He was totally unfazed by the justifiable penalty imposed on him after the practise incident involving Rathapark. Head down and hammer down. Great job done by his crew to come up with a competitive bike overnight by any manner of means. This bloke is hardwired to win races and he doesn't take prisoners. Ruthless and brilliant. I'm pleased Bradl finished ahead of him though. De Angelis just had to throw a spanner in the championship works. Great race by him.

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Did you also get the impression that Bradl may have been feeling some heat since his crew were shwing him every other lap where Marquez was and he knew he was right there then he tried a ill advised move and clipped the back of De Angelis's tire which could have thrown everything he's worked for this year away.

Total votes: 66

I wondered about the wisdom of that too.

BTW David: it was in T2 (Southern loop) that Bradl touched de Angelis's tyre, not T4 (Honda corner).

Total votes: 53

Thanks! Corrected it now. Need to make better notes!

Total votes: 56

Did anyone see what happened between Marquez and Neukirchner? All they showed online was Max in the gravel shaking his arm at whoever he was battling with and the commentators said it was Marc and Max fighting at that time.

Amazing ride by Marquez, but I still he think that since Wilairot couldn't race Marquez should have been banned. If a rider causes a crash like that an forces a rider, his bike (sponsorships not to be in the race) then the offending rider should suffer the same consequence.

Total votes: 63

If you look at the vid at the 22'00" mark, you see from the head-on shot that Marquez slip-streamed up the inside of Max at the end of the straight. Since Max was already far from the outside edge of the track, Marquez then goes left before tipping in.

It's impossible to see from the video if he was cleanly in front, or touched MN's front wheel, or maybe snared his brake lever. You could argue that Neukirckner should have seen it coming and had plenty of room to his left to get out of the way (and improve his own line into T1). In any case, it looks like Max then stood it up and couldn't make the corner. He fairly obviously thought it was Marquez's fault...

Edit: sorry, it's at 23:00, not 22.

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But all things aren't created equal in a wreck. To say that it would have been ok if Wilairot was ok isn't right. The punishment has to be handled based on the incident not on the aftermath. Marquez probably has 20X the sponsor money coming in so how can you justify losing that money because you think it's fair that Wilairot's sponsors weren't in the race on his bike? Makes no sense at all man.

Total votes: 60