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GP Week : Issue 100
ANDREA Iannone broke all the rules again in Moto2. Once again he galloped away from a class where close racing was supposed to be a given, to take his third win of the year by a massive margin. This time, however, the Fimmco Speed Up FTR rider didn't infringe any regulations. He'd have had at least two more similar wins but for incurring ride-through penalties at Catalunya (overtaking under the yellow flag) and Misano (jumped start). The other thing the Italian broke was a record run of consecutive all-class Spanish wins. The earlier 125 race had been the 15th in a row for Spanish riders. Iannone had started from pole, and led from the first corner. This helped him avoid the turn-one carnage that has become a Moto2 byword. This multiple crash started on the way into the corner, taking down Mattia Pasini, Alex Baldolini, Yonny Hernandez, Fonsi Nieto and Ricard Cardus. A pack of three chased him at an ever- growing distance: Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Suter headed Simone Corsi (JiR Motobi) and Gabor Talmacsi (Fimmco Speed Up FTR), glued together until Talmacsi found his way past Corsi on lap 14. The Hungarian stayed glued to Simon's tail to the very end for his first podium in the class. Corsi dropped back into the clutches of championship leader Toni Elias (Gresini Moriwaki), who had qualified 12th and finished the first lap 14th. It took just seven hard laps for the championship leader to pick his way through the close mid-field pack up to head the chase group from Jules Cluzel (Forward Suter) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Suter). The Frenchman went with him as he gradually whittled away at a gap that had grown to almost four seconds by half distance. Then with five laps to go Elias broke the tow, and was closing on a slowing Corsi. He was quickly past, and had left him behind to close within a second of Talmacsi by the finish. Cluzel was sixth, under pressure in the last laps from Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter (Technomag CIP Suter); Redding had dropped more than five seconds away at the end. Stefan Bradl (Viessman Kiefer Suter) snatched the lead of the next gang from Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Moriwaki) on the last lap for ninth. Elias's title lead was not much troubled -- he has 224 points, Simon 148, and Iannone 144. Luthi is fourth with 130, then Corsi on 108. Moto2: Iannone breaks the S IT was just a nudge in the first corner, but it blew the World Championship wide open. The nudger was Austrian Randy Krummenacher, who fell on the way into the bend. (see pic, right). His victim was pole starter and erstwhile points leader Marc Marquez (Red Bull Derbi); and the 17-year-old gave a display of dying-swan histrionics as he realised he would be unable to restart. In his absence, the other two main contenders ran for 19 laps of cat and mouse, Pol Espargaro (Tuenti Derbi) and Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar Aprilia) each at one stage letting the other past, and sharing the lead all the way. It was obviously going to be a last-lap battle, and what a battle it was. Terol led at the start of it, and repulsed the first attack at the first right-left combination. Espargaro tried again at the next one, but wasn't close enough. Then came the long, long straight, and the younger rider timed his slipstream perfectly to pull out and pass Terol firmly enough to hold him at bay to the line. The gap was only 0.050 of a second, but the race was Espargaro's, his third of the year, but his first since round three. "I couldn't get away. I had to wait ... but I always thought I could win," said the 19-year-old Spaniard. Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar Aprilia) had led off the line and for the second lap, but gradually lost touch for a safe third. Behind him, Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Derbi) did the same, pushing through to third in the early laps, then losing pace at the end to be repassed for fourth by Efren Vazquez (Tuenti Derbi). At the finish he was only just able to fend off Tomoyoshi Koyama (Team Germany Aprilia). A long way back Esteve Rabat (Blusens Aprilia) had come through from a bad start, followed by German teenager Jonas Folger (Ongetta Aprilia). The Spaniard just managed to hold him at bay over the line. Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia) dropped away in ninth, keeping ahead of Luis Salom (Stipa Molenaar Aprilia). Krummenacher (Stipa Molenaar Aprilia) remounted, but was black-flagged for dangerous riding. Second was enough for Terol to regain the title lead, by six points, with Espargaro moving up to second on 202. Non-scorer Marquez has 197, Smith 144, with Cortese fifth on 118. 125: Marquez plays dying swa Pol takes the points 50