Result and summary of the Moto2 race at Le Mans:
Thomas Luthi has taken his first Moto2 victory of the season in a dominant display of wet-weather racing at Le Mans. With Marc Marquez crashing out and Pol Espargaro finishing in 6th, the championship closes right up, with Espargaro leading Marquez by just a single point, and three ahead of Luthi.
Conditions played almost as big a part in the Moto2 race as they did for Moto3, though the experience of the Moto2 riders made the difference in the number of finishers. Pol Espargaro got away first, leading Scott Redding and Thomas Luthi through the chicane, Marc Marquez being shuffled back through the field. Espargaro pushed hard early to try and get a gap, but Luthi, who forced his way past Redding early in the race, went on to hunt the Spaniard down.
On lap 8, the Swiss rider got past Espargaro, and started to push on hard. Shortly after he got clear, Marquez crashed out at the Chemin aux Boeufs esses, and despite getting the bike into the pits and attempting to repair it, in the hope of going back out and trying to pick up a point, Marquez was unable to rejoin. Luthi was unaffected by anything, by the rain, or what was going on behind him, and despite a couple of moments in the latter part of the race, he went on to take victory by a very comfortable margin.
Behind him, Johann Zarco looked like bringing more joy to the home French crowd, after charging his way into 2nd spot - including a highly questionable move on Gino Rea, wiping out the young Londoner who was on a strong charge on his first race after swapping chassis - but his exuberance got the better of him, Zarco crashing out of 2nd with 5 laps to go. Claudio Corti inherited 2nd, and his first podium in Moto2, after an impressive race, staying calm and pushing hard to get a podium, ahead of British rider Scott Redding, who had been strong early, but could not quite follow the pace set by Luthi, still bagging 3rd.
Andrea Iannone secured a good 4th spot, while Mika Kallio held off a charging group behind him to hold on to 5th, an excellent result for the Marc VDS Racing team. Pol Espargaro's 6th place gave him the lead in the championship, with Marquez crashing out, and the last corner cost Bradley Smith and Julian Simon several places, but allowed Ant West to score his best result since Valencia, the last really soaking race. Smith remounted to bag 10th, while Julian Simon demonstrated his heart by picking up his BQR Suter and pushing hit across the line to take 13th place.
|4||29||Andrea IANNONE||SPEED UP||50'19.154||16.338|
|10||38||Bradley SMITH||TECH 3||50'43.756||40.940|
|18||72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||SUTER||50'39.902||1 lap|
|19||10||Marco COLANDREA||FTR||52'05.435||1 lap|
|5||Johann ZARCO||MOTOBI||40'28.874||5 laps|
|82||Elena ROSELL||MORIWAKI||36'48.438||8 laps|
|30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||KALEX||33'07.404||9 laps|
|63||Mike DI MEGLIO||SPEED UP||32'03.082||10 laps|
|88||Ricard CARDUS||AJR||25'20.988||13 laps|
|93||Marc MARQUEZ||SUTER||23'03.434||15 laps|
|7||Alexander LUNDH||MZ||Racing MZ-RE HONDA 14'41.712||19 laps|
|15||Alex DE ANGELIS||SUTER||5'59.445||23 laps|
|47||Angel RODRIGUEZ||BIMOTA||4'15.664||24 laps|
|3||Simone CORSI||FTR||5'12.078||24 laps|
|4||Randy KRUMMENACHER||KALEX||3'16.523||25 laps|