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GP Week : Issue 120
Moto2: Splashy Bradl keeps his feet dry Stefan Bradl claimed his fourth win in six races in masterly style at Silverstone. The first race of the day was run through rain and puddles, with the expected amount of drama and variation. The young German Viessmann Kiefer Kalex rider kept his head through the worst of it, to win by more than two seconds. Along the way he had seen wet star Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing FTR) come splashing past and pull a second clear ... only to become one of 11 crashers after just six of the 18 laps. Pole starter Marc Marquez (Repsol Suter) also crashed out, after destroying his bike in warm-up and riding a hastily rebuilt machine. “ This was the strongest lace of my life,” he said. “I didn’t care about the others, just kept concentrated. I think we are ready to make a good year. Scott Redding (Marc VDS Suter) had led away, ceding first to Bradl halfway round lap four. Pasini had passed the Briton one lap later, leaving him to come under attack from Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag- CIP Suter). By now Bradley Smith had come storming through from 28th on the grid after a disastrous qualifying session. It took him just six laps to get up to fifth, and he was directly ahead of Redding. The order up front stayed the same, riders stretching out ... until lap 11, when Sofuoglu slipped off on the last corner. He rejoined hurriedly in eleventh. Bradl himself survived at least one out- of-the-saddle moment: puddles across parts of the long track meant this was a common experience. Smith thus inherited second. Behind him Redding had more trouble coming in the shape of class rookie Michele Pirro (Gresini Moriwaki),who had come steadily through the next gang, led by Jules Cluzel (For ward Suter). The Italian got ahead of the Briton on lap 11, and left him trailing. By the end Cluzel was also ahead of Redding, the top ten spaced out behind . . . Esteve Rabat sixth; then Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Moriwaki) getting ahead Sofuoglu, Yonny Hernandez (who had crashed on the sighting lap), with Simone Corsi (Ioda FTR) taking tenth narrowly ahead of Randy Krummenacher (Kiefer Kalex). Bradl now has almost double the points of the next man: 127 to Corsi on 65. Takahashi has 56, Iannone (16th today) and Simon 49, Luthi 48.