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GP Week : Issue 114
German Stefan Bradl took his second win in three races at Estoril, with a steadfast ride from pole position, obliged to fend off strong challenges from at least three riders to cross the line less than two tenths ahead of Spaniard Julian Simon. Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Moriwaki) was third, the grieving Japanese rider dedicating his rostrum finish to his brother, who died in a car crash the previous week. Bradl (Viessman Kiefer Kalex) started from pole and led away. But the pressure never let up. His first assailant was Tom Luthi (Interwetten Suter), who took the lead at the start of the fourth of 26 laps only to slip off on the last corner of the same lap. The next problem would come from double World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag Suter), up to second on lap five and pushing hard. But he would fade behind Julian Simon (Aspar Suter) and Takahashi before eventually also crashing out. Two more potential attackers were eliminated on lap eight, when 125 champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Suter) left his braking too late at the end of the back straight while lying eighth in a close pack, taking Briton Scott Redding (Marc VDS Suter) down with him. But the biggest problem was coming from behind. Jerez winner Andrea Iannone (Speed Master Suter) had qualified 14th and finished lap one 16th. From then on he blazed through, catching the leaders before half distance and taking the lead on lap 22. Bradl fought back, but Iannone was still in front one lap later when he lost the front at the tight uphill esses. The battle was not over yet, with Simon closing up and attacking fiercely at the esses on the last lap. Bradl had enough to keep him at bay. Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Suter) was fourth, fending off a persistent Simone Corsi (Ioda FTR) to the end. Pol Espargaro (HP Tuenti FTR) came through the next gang to claim sixth on the final lap, ahead of Krummenacher, Baldolini and di Meglio. Iannone remounted for 13th. Bradl regained the points lead, 61 to Iannone’s 48. Corsi (37), Luthi (36) and Simon (36) complete the top five. Moto2: Bradl keeps ‘em at bay 28