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GP Week : Issue 102
A masterful performance made Toni Elias untouchable in the race, and almost so in the championship. The Gresini-Moriwaki rider resisted fearsome pressure from the start to the finish from 125 champion Julian Simon, and never put a wheel wrong. Elias was on the second row of the grid, second behind home hero Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3) into the first corner, and in the lead on the way out of it. He never saw another bike, unless he looked over his shoulder. And there, inches away, was the red Mapfre Aspar Suter of his younger countryman. He was still less than half a second behind as they crossed the line, but it might as well have been a mile for all the chance he ever had of reversing the positions. The pair had left Takashi behind, with the blossoming Scott Redding (Marc VDS Suter) on his heels. Before half distance they were being hunted down by Alex de Angelis (JiR Motobi) and Karel Abraham (Cardion FTR) After 15 laps de Angelis was in front and pulling clear, while Redding losing time at the back of the group. But there was more to come as they all closed up again. One by one the chasers passed Takahashi. Abraham was the strongest of all, dropping Redding to close on de Angelis, and then attack very firmly on the last lap. The Czech rider almost fell coming out of the final underpass and the pair collided, but he was in the right place to fend off his experienced rival. Rich man’s kid Abraham is MotoGP bound next year, and did his credibility a whole lot of good with his first ever rostrum finish. Stefan Bradl (Viessman Kiefer Suter) was alone for most of the race in seventh, but was all but caught over the line by Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Moriwaki). The Swiss rider had broken free from Roby Rolfo (Italtrans STR Suter) and Alex Debon (Aeroport de Castello FTR), rounding out the top ten. Moto2: Elias the impregnable 38