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GP Week : Issue 132
MOTOGP ITALY >> If you like having your heart in your mouth, then you should watch and rewatch the Misano Moto2 race. With memories of last year’s fatal crash victim Shoya Tomizawa still strong, nerves were stretched tight as a pack of seven bikes battled, inches apart. Four different riders led over the line: Briton Scott Redding (Marc VdS Suter) for the first 12 laps, then Marc Marquez (Repsol Suter), Andrea Iannone (Speed Master Suter) and Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Kalex). Bradley Smith (Tech 3), Alex de Angelis (JiR Motobi) and Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Moriwaki) were very close at hand. Only in the last laps did Marquez manage to escape, and then only by 0.619 of a second over the line. “ The first laps with a full tank were difficult, and I almost lost the front ... but in the end I could see from the TV that Bradl was close, so I pushed my best to get a small gap,” the reigning 125 champion said. Title leader Bradl and pole starter was thrown into damage-control mode again, fighting hard for second, with Iannone less than a tenth behind. De Angelis, Redding and Smith were a second behind, with Takahashi just off the back of them. Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Suter) managed to escape from Pol Espargaro (HP Tuenti FTR) for eighth, and was closing on Takahashi by the end; Espargaro in turn was left to scrap it out with early front- runner Simone Corsi (Ioda FTR), passing him with two laps to go and crossing the line three tenths ahead. A mid-pack crash in the first corner took out four riders – Robertino Pietri, Alex Baldolini, Xavier Simeon and Ratthapark Wilairot. There were worrying moments as the last-named was stretchered away, and workers dropped the stretcher. But the Thai rider escaped serious injury. The title battle is warming up nicely, with Marquez taking another five points out of Bradl’s lead, now cut back to less than one full race. The German has 213 points, Marquez 190. Iannone is next on 112, then de Angelis (109), with Smith moving past Corsi for fifth on 102. Moto2: MARquEZ unstoppAblE In thRIllER 125: ZARco gIvEs It AwAy ... AgAIn 31