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GP Week : Issue 151
Iffy weather in the first race of the day saw 20 out of 34 starters crash. Enough of them remounted to make for 17 finishers. But nobody was in the same class as rookie Romano Fenati (FTR Honda), who survived the carnage and saw off all challengers, setting repeated fastest laps on the patchy track to win his first GP by more than half a minute. He did not lead throughout. The first candidate was Jakub Kornfeil (FTR Honda), but he slipped off at the end of lap two. Then rookie Alex Rins (KTM), who had started from pole, used his local track knowledge and youthful fervour to get a lead of better than four seconds after seven laps ... only to run off, rejoining in second. Now it was Frenchman Louis Rossi (FTR Honda) up front, but only for a lap, as Rins and Fenati pushed past. Rossi promptly fell off, and now there were two. Rins lasted four more laps before crashing on lap 14, remounting in the three-strong group some 15 seconds behind. By then Fenati was already in front, and from there on he kept pushing on and pulling clear. Alexis Masbou (Honda) slipped off the back of this group for fifth; the other three battled to the flag, back-markers in the last corner helping Luis Salom (Kalex KTM) to secure second ahead of Sandro Cortese (KTM) and Rins. Maverick Vinales (FTR Honda) also fell and remounted, the Qatar winner storming back through to sixth, with Alberto Moncayo (Kalex KTM) next, then Niccolo Antonelli (FTR Honda). Hector Faubel (Kalex KTM) and Zulfahmi Khairuddin (KTM) completed the top ten: Indian entrants Mahindra narrowly missed their first top 10 in the class when Danny Webb’s engine seized with eight laps left. Rookie sensation Fenati, second in Qatar, leads Vinales overall 45 points to 35, with Salom on 33, Cortese 32 and Rins 19. What a difference a lap makes. When rain struck after 14 of a scheduled 26 laps of the Moto2 race and the white flags signalled a Wet Race, it was obvious it would not run full distance. The question was just how much longer would it go on. The answer was three more laps, numerically just shorter than the two-thirds distance required for a full-points race, but close enough for Race Direction to declare it such, after hanging out the red flag as the leaders completed lap 18. At that point Marc Marquez (Repsol Suter) had just taken the lead from Pol Espargaro (Tuenti Kalex), thinking he’d timed it right. But the premature flag meant results were taken from the lap before, giving his 20-year-old Spanish compatriot a first win in the class. Thomas Luthi (Inter wetten Suter), who was a close third, had led the early laps, but the both Spaniards and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Kalex) were with him, and his team-mate Mike Kallio as well. Redding led from lap eight to 13, before Marquez upped the pace. The Briton was soon to lose touch, while Kallio survived a major run-off to do the same. Luthi took over after several attempts on lap 14; Marquez led for the first time next time round. But he couldn’t shake the other two off, and on lap 17 Espargaro pushed through into the Dry Sack hairpin and led for the rest of the lap. Marquez reversed the move next time round, but it was too late; Luthi was third, the trio covered by less than half a second. Redding was four seconds adrift, three-tenths ahead of the closing Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Kalex), with team-mate Claudio Corti close behind then Kallio, Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Suter), Toni Elias (Mapfre Suter) and Johann Zarco (JIR Motobi) closing the top ten, a closing Bradley Smith (Tech 3) less than a second away. Marquez leads overall on 45 points, from Espargaro (41), Luthi (27), Redding (23) and Iannone (22, and an off-form 14th today). MOTO3 ROMAN RULES MOTO2 RAIN PLAYS IT FOR POL 25 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> JEREZ