2013 Sepang Moto2 Race Result: Shortened Race Influences Title Chase
Full report and results below:
After dominating the entire weekend and leading every session Esteve Rabat has taken a well deserved victory after the shortened Moto2 race in Sepang. The Pons Kalex rider rode an imperious and measured race to finish ahead of his team mate Pol Espargaro and keep his faint championship hopes alive. Espargaro got the hole shot into turn one but Rabat took over a few corners into the first lap and never looked back. Espargaro's second place was decisive in that it closes the deficit to championship leader Scott Redding to an ominous nine points.
Thomas Luthi capped off a strong weekend to take the final podium position after losing out to Espargaro over the closing laps. Mika Kallio, Dominique Aegerter and Johann Zarco finished in fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively, while a visibly frustrated Scott Redding had to settle for a disappointing seventh place. The Brit thumped his bike as he crossed the line after losing out to Zarco on the final corner. Redding will need to rediscover his form next week in Phillip Island or risk being overrun by the typically consistent Espargaro. Takaaki Nakagami, Jordi Torres and Julian Simon rounded out the top ten.
The race was initially red flagged after a horrifying incident coming onto the back straight on the opening lap. Axel Pons high sided under hard acceleration and several riders following through at the back of the field collected his stricken machine. A total of five riders went down including a number of wild cards. Fadli Immammuddin suffered the worst spill, careering into Pons' Kalex at full speed and cart wheeling through the air. The carnage left in the aftermath was a truly frightening site, several bikes were left charred and hardly recongnisable. Miraculously and thankfully no riders involved were seriously injured.
|11||3||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||16.190|
|12||52||Danny KENT||Tech 3||25.191|
|13||95||Anthony WEST||Speed Up||25.982|
|14||88||Ricard CARDUS||Speed Up||26.040|
|17||96||Louis ROSSI||Tech 3||30.154|
|18||8||Gino REA||Speed Up||35.653|
|21||44||Steven ODENDAAL||Speed Up||40.132|
|23||7||Doni Tata PRADITA||Suter||50.037|
|25||97||Rafid Topan SUCIPTO||Speed Up||54.451|
|54||Mattia PASINI||Speed Up|
|15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Speed Up|