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GP Week : Issue 104
Ex-MotoGP riders Toni Elias and Alex de Angelis star ted the first Moto2 season as favourites. The first went on to dominate the series and win the championship. De Angelis found only problems. Until last Sunday. Riding with his third team this year, JiR MotoBi, the San Marinan qualified on pole for the first time in the class, and converted it into a first win, after a sustained battle with Scott Redding (Marc VDS Suter) and Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up FTR). The top three had cleared off from the pack, taking only four laps to put a couple of seconds on duelling Suter- mounted pair Stephan Bradl (Viessman Kiefer) and Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar). Redding, pipped for pole for a second race, took to the front almost from the start, and led for all but one lap up to half distance. The other two were right with him, and they skirmished over the next few laps, with Iannone also leading for one more lap, the 15th. But de Angelis was strongest, and when he got back ahead next time round he stayed there, and even started pulling away to win by better than two seconds. Redding in turn eventually gained a small but sustainable breathing space on Iannone. The riders involved in the fatal crash at Misano were first and second, and after wards de Angelis dedicated his win to the fallen Shoya Tomizawa. “I am sure he was watching from above.” Mike di Meglio (Aspar Suter) actually led into the first corner, but dropped away behind the battle for fourth, narrowly won by Simon from Bradl. Champion Elias waited apprehensively in a huge following pack before taking to the front of it on the final lap, to head the continuing brawl from Simone Corsi (JiR Motobi – through from the back), Alex Debon (Castello FTR), Karel Abraham (Cardion FTR), Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Moriwaki). Fonsi Nieto (Holiday Gym Moriwaki), Dominique Aegerter (CIP Suter), Axel Pons (Pons Kalex) and Claudio Corti (Forward Suter), seventh to 15th across the line within 1.4 seconds. Elias has 271 unassailable points: the battle is for second. Simon (181) and Iannone (179) are not safe from Luthi (143) and Corsi (127). Moto2: Crash victims De Angelis, redding, emerge into the sunlight Moto GP PHILLIP ISLAND >> 125: Marquez is Mr Majestic again 41