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GP Week : Issue 136
AndReA Iannone won his third race of the season at Motegi – even after a mid- race engine hiccup meant he had to give up the lead he had wrested so firmly from Marc Marquez. It looked as though he’d slowed to let him past, then have the pleasure of passing him again. Which he did, to win by 2s. Later the Speed Master Suter rider explained why he had slowed. “ I got quite scared when the engine turned off suddenly. But then it went back to normal, and I was able to recover quite quickly.” But Marquez’s first defeat in four races was not a total loss. He was second, while Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Suter) prevailed over a fearsome gang of four for third, pushing erstwhile points leader Stefan Bradl ( Viessmann Kalex) to fourth by just over half a second. The outcome was that Marquez took the title lead, by just one point. It was a typical action- packed Moto2 thriller. Amazingly all 33 riders made it through the first tight corner unscathed, although three (Cardus, de Rosa, Torres) crashed out together before the end of the first lap. Iannone led away, and stayed in front of Marquez and the rest for the first six laps. Marquez took over on the seventh ... but his usual breakaway was not forthcoming. Instead Iannone took over again two laps later. Only at two-thirds distance did the two of them get clear, but Marquez only led again once, on lap 19 when Iannone’s glitch happened. The battle for fourth raged until the final corner. Bradl took the lead of the group from Simone Corsi (Ioda Project) on lap 15, but ran wide on the 20th and dropped to fifth. He was ahead of Corsi again by the end, with Alex de Angelis (JiR Motobi) right there in sixth. Bradley Smith (Tech 3) caught and passed Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Suter) for seventh with five laps to go; Esteve Rabat (Blusens FTR) was a close ninth; Mika Kallio (Marc VdS Suter) not far off him. Marquez now has 235 points, Bradl 234. Iannone (157), de Angelis (132) and Corsi (126) make up the top five. MOTO2: Marquez meets his Match, but Turns the Tide MOTOGP JAPAN >> 35