2012 Le Mans Moto2 Race Result: Dominant Display In The Rain

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.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 50'02.816  
2 71 Claudio CORTI KALEX 50'09.170 6.354
3 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 50'14.978 12.162
4 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 50'19.154 16.338
5 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 50'22.094 19.278
6 40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 50'23.690 20.874
7 95 Anthony WEST MORIWAKI 50'24.521 21.705
8 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER KALEX 50'30.933 28.117
9 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT SUTER 50'41.133 38.317
10 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 50'43.756 40.940
11 80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 50'46.893 44.077
12 24 Toni ELIAS SUTER 51'02.399 59.583
13 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 51'04.601 1'01.785
14 18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 51'06.246 1'03.430
15 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 51'13.157 1'10.341
16 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 51'24.961 1'22.145
17 49 Axel PONS KALEX 51'49.810 1'46.994
18 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI SUTER 50'39.902 1 lap
19 10 Marco COLANDREA FTR 52'05.435 1 lap
Not Classified
  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
  8 Gino SUTER 13'45.352 19 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

 

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