2016 Le Mans Moto2 Race Result: A Display of Control

Alex Rins has taken a deceptively dominant win in the Moto2 race at Le Mans, controlling the race from the front and making a break in the final few laps.

After his domination of practice and qualifying, Tom Luthi had been expected to make a break at the start. He took the lead into the first chicane, but he could not make the break he wanted. Alex Rins was quickly past him, and while the two swapped places for the first few laps, Rins seized the lead on lap seven, then pushed to open a gap.

While Rins controlled the race from the front, Simone Corsi was working his way past Luthi as well. The Swiss rider faced further trouble from the Italians behind him, Franco Morbidelli and Lorenzo Baldassarri swapping paint as they bickered over fifth.

At the front, Corsi pushed to chase Rins, but Rins never gave an inch. He held a small gap until the last four laps, then pushed on to open that into a lead of nearly two seconds, in a demonstration of complete control. Corsi had no answer, but cruised home to take second, ahead of Tom Luthi.

With his win, Rins takes over the lead in the championship, after a difficult start saw Sam Lowes lose too much time early on and finish sixth. Reigning Moto2 champion Johann Zarco had an even tougher time, crashing as he fought for a spot in the top ten, and finishing outside the points.


Pos No Rider Bike Time
1 40 Alex Rins Kalex 42'27.312
2 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1.802
3 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 4.608
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 9.148
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 9.828
6 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 10.626
7 49 Axel Pons Kalex 25.477
8 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 25.961
9 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex 29.481
10 39 Luis Salom Kalex 29.368
11 19 Xavier Simeon Speed Up 29.573
12 10 Luca Marini Kalex 29.773
13 77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex 30.183
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 30.244
15 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 36.538
16 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 38.602
17 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 44.911
18 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 45.297
19 52 Danny Kent Kalex 45.755
20 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 50.278
21 14 Ratthapark Wilairot Kalex 55.773
22 33 Alessandro Tonucci Kalex +1'01.790
23 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex +1'02.201
24 5 Johann Zarco Kalex +1'02.484
25 69 Danny Eslick Suter +1'39.502
Not Classified
  73 Alex Marquez Kalex 13 Laps
  60 Julian Simon Speed Up 19 Laps
  94 Jonas Folger Kalex 25 Laps
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