2013 Motegi Moto2 Race Result: No End To High Drama

Full report and results below:

Pol Espargaro has taken a rampant victory after an incident packed, red-flagged and restarted Moto2 race at the twin-ring circuit in Motegi. The Spaniard in turn wrapped up a well deserved 2013 World Championship title, having won more races than any other rider over the course of the season to date. The Pons Tuenti rider had to fight off a stern early challenge from Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio who in the end couldn't maintain the pace and had to settle for a fairly distant second place. Suisse rider Thomas Luthi completed the podium placings. 

Xavier Simeon took a commendable fourth ahead of Spanish pair Julian Simon and Nico Terol. Speed Up rider Alex DeAngelis finished in seventh ahead of Dominique Aegerter, who did an amazing job after starting the race from the back of the field after a crash in the initial running. Local hero Takaaki Nakagami and Mattia Pasini rounded out the top ten.

The high drama of the weekend continued instantly at the beginning of the race as Esteve Rabat high sided coming out of the first corner and was struck by a hapless Scott Redding who had no where to go and then collided into Rabat's prone Kalex machine. The Brit suffered an ugly fall and devastatingly saw his title chances disappear. The championship contender was stretchered away while Alex Marinelarena, who was also brought down in the incident, received extensive medical attention at the side of the circuit and was also taken away by stretcher as red flags were displayed around the circuit.

All riders received assistance at the circuit medical centre, Rabat was fortunately able to be ridden back by a marshal looking shaken, groggy and distressed by the incident. Thankfully all three riders involved were eventually deemed 'OK' but obviously took no part in the restart. Rabat was able to walk away from the medical centre, Redding though hobbled away gingerly, flanked by his forlorn team, thankfully having done no further damage to his broken left wrist as Marinelarena was kept under observation for some final treatment.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 40 Pol ESPARGARO Kalex 28'15.162
2 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 1.344
3 12 Thomas LUTHI Suter 3.379
4 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 8.420
5 60 Julian SIMON Kalex 10.315
6 18 Nicolas TEROL Suter 11.364
7 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Speed Up 12.718
8 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 15.609
9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 18.414
10 54 Mattia PASINI Speed Up 20.679
11 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 30.759
12 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 31.134
13 49 Axel PONS Kalex 31.335
14 8 Gino REA Speed Up 31.505
15 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 31.801
16 31 Kohta NOZANE TSR 41.840
17 88 Ricard CARDUS Speed Up 46.192
18 94 Franco MORBIDELLI Suter 51.771
19 44 Steven ODENDAAL Speed Up 54.433
20 35 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Motobi 55.138
21 46 Decha KRAISART Tech3 55.181
22 34 Ezequiel ITURRIOZ Kalex +1'03.592
23 25 Azlan SHAH Moriwaki +1'32.681
Not Classified      
  97 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Speed Up 4 Laps
  5 Johann ZARCO Suter 6 Laps
  81 Jordi TORRES Suter 7 Laps
  96 Louis ROSSI Tech 3 7 Laps
  7 Doni Tata PRADITA Suter 13 Laps
  3 Simone CORSI Speed Up 14 Laps
Not Starting      
  80 Esteve RABAT Kalex 0 Lap
  92 Alex MARIÑELARENA Kalex 0 Lap
  45 Scott REDDING Kalex 0 Lap


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Very, very sad for Scott :O(
Riding his very best in Japan with a fresh injury and he gets tangled up with downed bikes...???
Really really bad luck.
Almost 'made it'.

AND with Rabat ??? Making it a formality for EsP..

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Really hated to see Redding go down. Tito was very lucky. My heart stopped when I saw the replay. So so lucky. Thank God everyone was ok.

Shame about asparagus winning the title.

Total votes: 44