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GP Week : Issue 123
Marc Marquez continued to rewrite the Moto2 script, with a second win in succession. Typically for the 18-year-old repsol Suter class rookie, it was achieved with deceptively mature confidence, after a five-bike battle raged almost all race long. Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Kalex), runaway early title leader, had to accept second, inches behind, with Briton Bradley Smith (Tech 3), also a rookie, consigned to a close third, although back ahead of a by-now fading Alex de Angelis (JiR Motobi) and Andrea Iannone (Speedmaster Suter). Iannone had come charging to the front after finishing lap one ninth, but never quite led and was losing ground again at the end. Marquez, making up for a crash-strewn start to his first Moto2 season, calmly explained victory in a race where had needed to ride forcefully as well as tactically, the battle only resolved at the final corner. “Step by step I am getting more feeling. Step by step we improve my riding style.” Bradl took consolation in a still huge title lead, and in making up for crashing out at Assen the weekend before. It was Smith’s third rostrum in succession. Simone Corsi (Ioda FTR) had been alone behind this gang in the latter part of the race, after being chased down by Pol Espargaro (HP Tuenti FTR), who then crashed, remounting near the back. Then Corsi was mugged on the last lap by Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Suter), at the head of an enormous pack battling all race long. Max Neukirchner (MZ FTR) was next, the Aleix Espargaro (Pons Kalex), Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag-CIP Suter) tenth, team-mate Dominique Aegerter right behind. From 12th to 15th was covered by little over two seconds: Simeon, Krummenacher, Takahashi and Cluzel. Raffaele De Rosa and Michele Pirro both crashed out, as did Yonny Hernandez (Blusens FTR), after a stirring ride following Iannone, from 12th on lap one to sixth when he crashed on the eighth. Bradl lost five points to Marquez but still leads 147 points to 95. Smith takes third from Corsi, 79:76, Luthi and de Angelis tie on 66, with Iannone seventh, two points down. Moto2: Mugello means more for Marquez MOTOGP MUGELLO >> 29