2012 Estoril Moto2 Race Result: Tense Duel Settled In Last Lap Thriller

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Estoril:

Marc Marquez has taken victory in the first race of the day at Estoril, beating Pol Espargaro in a last-lap battle after Espargaro made a mistake in the chicane. With his win in Portugal, Marquez seizes a 9 point lead in the championship.

Marquez got the holeshot into Turn 1, but only led for the first lap before Thomas Luthi came past to take the lead into the first corner. Luthi pushed hard and led for most of the race, with Marquez, Espargaro and Johann Zarco close behind. Zarco rode an impressive race from the beginning, pushing hard and mugging both Espargaro and Marquez to seize 2nd for a while. The front 4 were joined by Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone early on, but Redding faded fast from the front. Iannone pushed forward hard, but a mistake on lap 11 saw the Italian run off the track and drop back to 7th, losing several seconds in the process.

At the front, Luthi looked very comfortable in the lead, with Marquez closing sometimes, only to drop off the back again as he battled with Espargaro and Zarco for the right to chase down the Interwetten rider. The pace proved too hot for Zarco from the halfway mark, and he started dropping off the back, leaving the two Spaniards to chase the Swiss rider.

Luthi's grip on the race started slipping from lap 17, as Marquez and Espargaro got closer. On lap 20, both Espargaro and Marquez were past, quickly gapping Luthi and the victory would be decided between the two Spaniards. The battle was hard, very hard on occasions, and would be decided on the last lap. Marquez led until the start of the final lap, but Espargaro came past into Turn 1. So hard was Espargaro trying that he pushed a little wide, and Marquez managed to get back again on the exit of the corner. Espargaro got past three more times, the last time overcooking the entry into the chicane, running wide and leaving Marquez to take victory. Espargaro held on to 2nd, keeping Luthi behind him. Zarco ended the race in 4th, just ahead of Andrea Iannone, who had put on a charge after recovering from his moment halfway through the race.

Marquez now leads the championship, ahead of Espargaro by 9 points. Luthi sits in 3rd, but with 43 points to Marquez' 70, the Swiss rider has a significant gap to the leaders already.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 44'04.086  
2 40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 44'06.073 1.987
3 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 44'06.157 2.071
4 5 Johann ZARCO MOTOBI 44'13.313 9.227
5 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 44'14.567 10.481
6 15 Alex DE ANGELIS SUTER 44'25.266 21.180
7 24 Toni ELIAS SUTER 44'25.480 21.394
8 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 44'25.590 21.504
9 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 44'25.667 21.581
10 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 44'28.186 24.100
11 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 44'31.334 27.248
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 44'34.173 30.087
13 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 44'34.218 30.132
14 71 Claudio CORTI KALEX 44'34.343 30.257
15 88 Ricard CARDUS AJR 44'34.965 30.879
16 18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 44'35.183 31.097
17 95 Anthony WEST MORIWAKI 44'47.185 43.099
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 44'51.368 47.282
19 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER KALEX 44'51.485 47.399
20 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER KALEX 44'52.229 48.143
21 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 44'57.649 53.563
22 47 Angel RODRIGUEZ FTR 44'58.616 54.530
23 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT MORIWAKI 44'59.752 55.666
24 80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 45'28.975 1'24.889
25 7 Alexander LUNDH MZ Racing MZ-RE HONDA 45'36.553 1'32.467
26 82 Elena ROSELL MORIWAKI 45'44.834 1'40.748
27 10 Marco COLANDREA FTR 44'45.500 1 lap
28 8 Gino MORIWAKI 44'59.731 1 lap
Not Classified
  63 Mike DI MEGLIO SPEED UP 34'20.007 6 laps
  3 Simone CORSI FTR 32'31.900 7 laps
  49 Axel PONS KALEX 19'56.376 15 laps
  72 Yuki TAKAHASHI SUTER 8'43.329 21 laps


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Marquez might still have some rough edges to polish, but you have to admire his decisive ability to pass. Every thrust by Espargaro was immediately replied to - cleanly and forcefully. He's something special alright. Big kudos to Espargaro too, he gave it his all. More of the same please lads.