2012 Sepang Moto2 Race Result: Mixed Conditions Throw Up Thrilling Race

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Sepang:

Alex De Angelis has taken victory in a soaking Moto2 race at Sepang, after the race was red-flagged once the rain became too heavy to continue. With Marc Marquez crashing out due to the weather, the Spaniard was unable to clinch the title in Malaysia.

The race started late, after a torrential downpour left a lot of water on the track between the Moto3 and Moto2 races, the sun out but the track still soaking. Just how tough a race it would become was evident at the first corner, when Takaaki Nakagami came charging through from 4th to take the lead going into Turn 1. It was far too optmistic for the conditions, and Nakagami crashed out, leaving polesitter Pol Espargaro with the lead.

Espargaro was far from comfortable: the HP Tuenti rider started going backwards from the very first lap. Where Espargaro was cautious with the title fight in mind, others had nothing to lose, and the wet weather specialist started forging through the field. Julian Simon led at the end of the first lap, ahead of Alex De Angelis and and Scott Redding, while Gino Rea has blasted his way through the field to take 4th.

Simon, De Angelis and Rea started to pull a gap at the front, but the drying track made conditions unpredictable and hard on the tires. Other rain men were on their way, Ant West leading the charge, while Malaysian wildcard Hafizh Syahrin pushed had climbed all the way up to 6th by the end of lap 5, starting from 27th on the grid. 

The drying track caused Julian Simon problems, the Spaniard dropping back through the field. That left De Angelis in the lead, with Rea behind him, and Ant West, Tom Luthi and Syahrin all chasing. The Malaysian was riding like a man possessed, and had soon knifed his way past Luthi and West and was on his way to De Angelis, who had lost the lead to Rea a lap earlier. Syahrin was then past De Angelis, and took the lead at the end of lap 9.

A battle unfolded between the three men at the front, as the rain started to fall more and more heavily. Syahrin's lead grew and then dwindled, the Malaysian losing out to De Angelis once again. De Angelis also pulled a gap, which Rea and West pulled back. As lap 16 began, it started to rain more heavily, with Rea taking over the lead at the final corner, but the race was red-flagged the next lap, before the final man on the same lap as the leaders had crossed the line. The race result was taken back a lap to lap 15, giving De Angelis the win, and Ant West and Gino Rea 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Marc Marquez had crashed out a few laps before the end, in position to tie up the championship, after coming under pressure from Andrea Iannone. His crash left Pol Espargaro in a position to score enough points to force the championship to go another race, Marquez leading Espargaro by 48 points.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 15 Alex DE ANGELIS FTR 36'57.793  
2 95 Anthony WEST SPEED UP 36'58.503 0.710
3 8 Gino REA SUTER 36'59.156 1.363
4 86 Hafizh SYAHRIN FTR 37'00.734 2.941
5 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 37'05.376 7.583
6 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 37'07.855 10.062
7 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 37'20.871 23.078
8 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 37'24.750 26.957
9 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 37'27.856 30.063
10 80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 37'29.307 31.514
11 40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 37'29.539 31.746
12 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 37'34.901 37.108
13 24 Toni ELIAS KALEX 37'36.420 38.627
14 49 Axel PONS KALEX 37'36.888 39.095
15 88 Ricard CARDUS AJR 37'38.479 40.686
16 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI FTR 37'38.550 40.757
17 75 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA SUTER 37'39.652 41.859
18 23 Marcel SCHROTTER BIMOTA 37'44.553 46.760
19 20 Jesko RAFFIN KALEX 38'08.505 1'10.712
20 82 Elena ROSELL SPEED UP 38'15.600 1'17.807
21 10 Marco COLANDREA FTR 38'17.113 1'19.320
22 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT SUTER 38'25.074 1'27.281
23 3 Simone CORSI FTR 38'39.658 1'41.865
Not Classified
  12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 34'32.572 1 lap
  63 Mike DI MEGLIO KALEX 36'08.767 1 lap
  93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 29'42.366 3 laps
  18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 30'06.805 3 laps
  81 Jordi TORRES SUTER 30'13.165 3 laps
  57 Eric GRANADO MOTOBI 17'00.150 9 laps
  30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 5'34.312 13 laps
  5 Johann ZARCO MOTOBI    
  19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3    
Disqualified
  22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI SPEED UP    

 

Round Number: 
16
2012
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Total votes: 46

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TO GINO REA.... You gave us a fantastic race and i hope you can start to find the right setting for your bike so you ride like that in the dry...... Well done

Total votes: 109

The top four gave us a awesome display of rain racing. This kid Syahrin, where'd he come from? They said it was his 2nd GP but, wildcard to 4th, at times leading the race, awesome! Great for his home fans too. I was kinda pulling for Westy to win but, 2nd is good. Great ride for Gino Rea in 3rd. De Angelis had to of used all of his vast experience to get the win. Great Race!

Total votes: 75

of the win by a stupid rule technicality. He bravely led for an entire lap at racing speed in worsening conditions and deserved the win. For the result to be declared with positions at the end of lap 15 when the race was red flagged on lap 17 is baffling. The podium cava must have had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Great race, great ride by all top four men, pathetic result.

Total votes: 84

Gino, sadly, didn't do a whole lap in 1st. He overtook on the corner just before the line, then led for half a lap before they red flagged it. So even if they had taken it back to lap 16 he still wouldn't have won.

The rule has been there for the last 10-20 years, probably more? It always causes confusion. There is a reason for the rule, but it's lost to me in the mists of time.

I think the Motogp guys explained why it went back to lap 15 in their commentary (Gavin Emmet et al). Lap 17 doesn't count because it didn't finish, so lap 16 is last lap, then go back by 1. Back markers confuse things in this case. I think it's the last complete lap that EVERYONE completes, including the guys who are 3/4 lap down.

Still, good to see him up there after a few problems (many not his own) this year. Well done Gino.

Total votes: 71

Red flag was declared in lap 17. And because it takes some time for all riders (which are fully concentrated on race) to see Red flag (and there would be a lot of excuses for overtakes), they take last unfinished lap off. And if rain comes down heavy, every racer knows that it is great possibility of Red Flag in the next lap. So they attack at all cost, as REA did. That is why they take one full (unfinished + one full) lap off. Rea knew that this can happen. Therefore he was willing to risk a lot. But he was to late. To be fair Alex DE ANGELIS was leading for most of the race. And he would probably attack back if there would be no Red Flag. So it is "sort of" fair to go back one full lap and the unfinished lap.

Total votes: 114