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GP Week : Issue 122
Reigning 125 champion Marc Marquez has only finished three of his first six races in Moto2. Assen was the third, and he won it. He won also in France, and was second in his other finish. With points leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Kalex) eventually crashing out of a race where he’d dropped back steadily, it gave the young Repsol Suter-riding Spaniard a glimmer of hope for the year to come. The race was wet at the start, gradually drying. Simone Corsi (Ioda FTR) led away, but by the third lap he’d been swallowed and was dropping back. Bradley Smith was the new leader, and he hung on up front until lap ten, by when he, Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag CIP Suter) and Marquez were clear of the rest, Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Moriwaki) hanging on grimly behind. Sofuoglu took over for the next six laps, while Marquez firmly took second from Smith on the 14th. Three laps later he did the same to Sofuoglu, and drew away steadily. Takahashi caught up, pushed through to second and promptly crashed out with six laps to go. As Marquez moved steadily away there was one more change, when Sofuoglu made a daring pass at the fast left on Smith; then they all settled where they were and finished quite spaced out. Australian Anthony West (MZ FTR) had come through from 13th on the first lap to fourth, enjoying the conditions but 20 seconds down on the leaders. Three seconds away Alex de Angelis (JiR Motobi) got the better of a charging Mattia Pasini (Ioda FTR), after the latter had picked his way through the midfield pack. Esteve Rabat (Blusens FTR) was close behind, with Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Suter) less than a second adrift, and Randy Krummenacher (Team Switzerland Kiefer) less than a second adrift. Max Neukirchner (MZ FTR) was another ten seconds away in tenth. Bradl had dropped to seventh when he crashed out, his first non-finish of the year. Andrea Iannone (Speedmaster Suter) was never in the picture, finishing 12th; Corsi ended up 14th. Bradl’s lead was cut, but remains huge: 127 points to new second-place man Marquez’s 70, Corsi has 67, Smith is closing on 63, while Takahashi and Luthi have 56 points apiece. Moto2: Marques marks his card as Bradl tumbles MOTOGP ASSEN >> 49