2012 Misano Moto2 Race Result: Breathtaking Last-Lap Battle Sees Hard-Fought Victory

Results and summary of a scintillating Moto2 race at Misano:

Marc Marquez has taken victory in a hard-fought last-lap battle with his bitter rival Pol Espargaro in a shortened and restarted race at Misano. With the victory, Marquez extends his lead to 53 points, bringing the 2012 Moto2 title ever closer.

The race between the two would become a 14-lap sprint, the first attempt to run the race being red-flagged after Gino Rea's engine let go in a cloud of oily smoke at the end of the fourth lap. Andrea Iannone capitalized on starting from pole, awarded for leading the first race when it was red-flagged, and immediately started to put a gap into the rest of the field. Pol Espargaro, with some help from his teammate Tito Rabat, had a much better start to the second race, sitting right on Marquez tail. 

A mistake by Marquez in the final corner allowed both Rabat and Espargaro past, and Espargaro was soon also past his teammate and off to chase Iannone. The Italian had appeared unassailable, but after the halfway point, his pace started to slow. Espargaro was soon upon Iannone, and then took the lead, with Marquez right on his tail. The race would be decided in a breathtaking last-lap showdown, both men committed to doing anything to beat the other. Espargaro led the first part of the lap, but Marquez was edging closer. The Catalunya Caixa man launched his first attack down the back straight, sliding past Esparagaro into Quercia. Espargaro counterattacked at Tramonoto, but could not quite make his way past. Instead, he slingshot his way past Marquez out of Curvone, attempting to outbrake him into turn 13. It was a brave but futile attempt, Marquez hanging on by the skin of his teeth, then forcing Espargaro wide through the tight Turn 14. Another block into turn 15, and victory belonged to Marquez. Espargaro was forced to settle for 2nd, while Iannone held on further back to 3rd.

The victory gives Marquez a 53 point lead in the championship. With five races left to go, that is a very comfortable situation to be in indeed.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 23'11.278  
2 40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 23'11.637 0.359
3 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 23'12.912 1.634
4 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 23'16.356 5.078
5 80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 23'16.524 5.246
6 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 23'16.848 5.570
7 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 23'17.642 6.364
8 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 23'18.131 6.853
9 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 23'18.758 7.480
10 5 Johann ZARCO MOTOBI 23'19.267 7.989
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 23'19.838 8.560
12 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 23'22.787 11.509
13 15 Alex DE ANGELIS FTR 23'29.607 18.329
14 71 Claudio CORTI KALEX 23'29.620 18.342
15 18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 23'29.846 18.568
16 81 Jordi TORRES SUTER 23'29.965 18.687
17 49 Axel PONS KALEX 23'30.140 18.862
18 63 Mike DI MEGLIO KALEX 23'36.923 25.645
19 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT SUTER 23'41.281 30.003
20 95 Anthony WEST SPEED UP 23'43.717 32.439
21 75 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA SUTER 23'44.399 33.121
22 23 Marcel SCHROTTER BIMOTA 23'44.536 33.258
23 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI SPEED UP 23'44.810 33.532
24 10 Marco COLANDREA FTR 23'58.581 47.303
Not Classified
  72 Yuki TAKAHASHI FTR 13'25.662 6 laps
  3 Simone CORSI FTR 13'25.748 6 laps
  19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 10'06.599 8 laps
  82 Elena ROSELL SPEED UP 1'52.264 13 laps
Not on Restart Grid
  8 Gino REA SUTER    
  84 Steven ODENDAAL AJR    

 

Round Number: 
13
2012
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Comments

Admittedly Espargago left a hole for Marquez to squeek through but i would have liked to see MM win without "forcing Espargaro wide through the tight Turn 14. Another block into turn 15". That's racing- I guess.

Was this ever resolved? To me it looked like steam - water hose or the like. The marshals came out and looked like they could not find any oil.