Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Barcelona:
Andrea Iannone has taken his first victory of 2012 with an impressive display, holding off challenges from Marc Marquez and Thomas Luthi in the last few laps to win the Catalunya Moto2 race. A controversial incident between Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez saw Espargaro crash out, giving Marquez a comfortable lead in the championship.
The three leaders broke away early, Iannone taking the lead on the first lap, to be joined by Marquez and Luthi a few laps later. The leading trio were chased down very slowly by Pol Espargaro, who sat behind Iannone, Marquez and Luthi as they battled it out. Marquez and Iannone swapped the lead a number of times, then Luthi intervened to take 2nd. That too would not last, with Marquez quickly back to have another shot at Iannone.
As the laps ticked off, Espargaro started to join the melee, passing Luthi to chase Marquez. Luthi came back, and on lap 21, Luthi dived under Marquez into turn 10, pushing Marquez a little wide. Marquez almost lost the front, saved it, but as he cut back, he cut straight into Espargaro, who was passing underneath him. Espargaro was thrown from his bike, but after investigation by Race Direction, no action was taken against Marquez.
The incident had caused Marquez to lose too much time, leaving victory to be decided between Luthi and Iannone. Luthi took the lead briefly, but Iannone was not to be denied, taking back the lead at the start of the first lap and defending his line to take the win. Luthi was forced to settle for 2nd, while Marquez crossed the line in 3rd.
Espargaro's crash is very costly, Marquez now leading his fellow Spaniard by 15 points. But it is Luthi who has taken the lead in the championship, ahead of Marquez by 88 points to 86.
~~~ UPDATE ~~~
After the race was over, Marc Marquez was awarded a 1 minute penalty, dropping the Spaniard down to 23rd place and out of the points. Marquez now has 70 points, and is 1 point behind Espargaro once again. Luthi is now the clear leader in the championship.
|1||29||Andrea IANNONE||SPEED UP||41'16.852|
|11||38||Bradley SMITH||TECH 3||41'39.094||22.242|
|13||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||SUTER||41'40.921||24.069|
|15||81||Jordi TORRES||TECH 3||41'49.010||32.158|
|24||7||Alexander LUNDH||MZ-RE HONDA||42'33.161||1'16.309|
|40||Pol ESPARGARO||KALEX||35'54.730||3 laps|
|44||Roberto ROLFO||SUTER||37'10.938||3 laps|
|24||Toni ELIAS||SUTER||35'46.893||4 laps|
|63||Mike DI MEGLIO||SPEED UP|
1' penalty imposed to rider #93 Marc Marquez by the Race Direction for infringment to article 1.21.2