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GP Week : Issue 119
Predictably the closest race of the day, Moto2 laid on a feast of close battles, interrupted by spectacular crashes. Pole starter Stefan bradl (Viesmann Kieffer Kalex) rose above it all for a third win in five races. the German was only headed once, when local hero Julian Simon (Mapfre aspar Suter) nosed ahead on the second lap. Bradl’s lead was narrow for the first half of the race, with Simon and then Aleix Espargaro (Pons Kalex) up close. Then he started to draw away as the pair bickered with Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag CIP Suter). That lasted until lap 16, when a hopelessly over-ambitious Sofuoglu rammed Simon, knocking him flying and then running over him in the gravel trap, breaking one of his legs. By now slow starter Marc Marquez (Repsol Suter) had caught and passed Espargaro. They finished second and third. The front group had already been thinned on lap six, when Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Suter) slipped off the inside of his bike right into Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Moriwaki). They fell spectacularly together, with Takahashi getting up and sprinting off the track to avoid getting run over. This also put luckless Bradley Smith (Tech 3) out of serious contention. The pursuit was still close at the end, with Simone Corsi (Ioda FTR) ahead of Randy Krummenacher (Kiefer Kalex), Alex de Angelis (JIR Motobi), Esteve Rabat (Blusens FTR) and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Suter) swapping over the closing laps but finishing in that order. Yonny Hernandez (Blusens FTR) was ninth, a tenth ahead of Max Neukirchner (MZ), with Scott Redding (Marc VDS Suter) and Michele Pirro (Gresini Moriwaki) right behind. Dominique Aegerter (Technomag CIP Suter) and Mattia Pasini (Ioda FTR) were among a number of others to crash. Bradl now leads even more comfortably: 102 points to Corsi’s 59. Andrea Iannone (15th after a disastrous qualifying) 49 and Simon are on 49, then Takahashi and Luthi 47. Marquez is closing on 45. Moto2: Bradl stays clear of mayhem MOTOGP CATALUNYA >> 29