2012 Mugello Moto2 Race Result: Tense Duel Won On Final Lap

Result and summary of the Moto2 race at Mugello:

Andrea Iannone has thrilled the - sadly rather sparse - crowd at Mugello, winning a nerve-wracking battle with Pol Espargaro with a pass on the last lap of the race. With Marc Marquez having a difficult race and finishing 5th, Espargaro pulls back important points in the championship.

Marquez got the drop when the lights went out, and looked like taking control from the start. For the first few laps, the Spaniard led from Andrea Iannone and Thomas Luthi, while Pol Espargaro struggled with Takaaki Nakagami, Bradley Smith and Dominique Aegerter. But Nakagami was on a mission, passing the three leaders in quick succession to take the lead on lap 6. Behind the leaders, Esparagaro was getting tangled up with Aegerter, taking another couple of laps to finally dispose of the Swiss rider and going on to catch the leaders.

A group of six formed, led by Luthi, containing Nakagami, Marquez, Iannone and Espargaro, with Bradley Smith catching them to complete the sextet. After a tricky start, Espargaro was on a different trajectory to Marquez and Nakagami, going forward while the Spaniard and the Japanese rider dropped back. Espargaro was quickly on Luthi, and after a hard exchange at Luco and Poggio Seco, the Spaniard was through. He pushed on hard and quickly opened a gap, dropping Luthi into the clutches of Iannone and Smith, with Marquez having lost touch after losing the front and saving it in spectacular fashion. 

Iannone launched an assault on Luthi, quickly disposing of the Interwetten rider, going on to chase down Espargaro quickly. The Italian caught Espargaro with a lap to go, and planned his attack for the last lap. Getting the better drive out of the final corner, he took over as they crossed the line for the penultimate time, holding Espargaro off into the San Donato corner. Espargaro chased Iannone hard, so hard his bike nearly flung him off through the Scarperia chicane. He closed once again before trying to get drive out of the final turn, but Iannone was just too strong. The Italian went on to take a fantastic victory, holding off Espargaro by less than a tenth of a second. Thomas Luthi won the battle with Bradley Smith for the final podium spot, while Marc Marquez held off a challenge by Scott Redding to hold on to 5th.

Espargaro's podium means he claws back 9 points from Marquez in the championship fight, while Iannone draws level with Espargaro. The gap has been closed to 34 points, leaving the championship still open with another 8 rounds to go.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 39'52.523  
2 40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 39'52.613 0.090
3 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 39'53.420 0.897
4 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 39'53.548 1.025
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 39'56.319 3.796
6 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 39'56.434 3.911
7 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 39'56.948 4.425
8 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 40'03.889 11.366
9 71 Claudio CORTI KALEX 40'05.340 12.817
10 5 Johann ZARCO MOTOBI 40'05.554 13.031
11 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 40'05.652 13.129
12 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER KALEX 40'05.885 13.362
13 18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 40'07.722 15.199
14 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 40'09.761 17.238
15 88 Ricard CARDUS AJR 40'29.079 36.556
16 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT SUTER 40'40.224 47.701
17 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI FTR 40'44.489 51.966
18 3 Simone CORSI FTR 40'46.492 53.969
19 8 Gino SUTER 40'47.177 54.654
20 10 Marco COLANDREA FTR 41'00.802 1'08.279
21 57 Eric GRANADO MOTOBI 41'07.330 1'14.807
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO MZ-RE HONDA 40'16.704 1 lap
23 95 Anthony WEST SPEED UP 41'40.667 1 lap
Not Classified
  24 Toni ELIAS SUTER 26'44.259 7 laps
  44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 23'26.853 9 laps
  80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 19'07.455 11 laps
  55 Massimo ROCCOLI BIMOTA 15'34.786 13 laps
  49 Axel PONS KALEX 13'32.387 14 laps
  19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 13'32.792 14 laps
  82 Elena ROSELL MORIWAKI 12'03.197 15 laps
  22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI SPEED UP 9'47.779 16 laps
  15 Alex DE ANGELIS FTR 3'56.830 19 laps
  76 Max NEUKIRCHNER KALEX 2'04.226 20 laps
Round Number: 
9
2012
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Comments

IF the news on twitter are right and Elias got the boot from his team, how long before a non-former-champion like Neukirchner is kicked out? I can´t stand his ever new apologies in his MOTORRAD-column any longer....

Anyway, CONGRATS to Iannone and thanks to all involved for this spectacular race!