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GP Week : Issue 156
MOTO2 IANNONE WINS AS MARQUEZ FALTERS MOTO3 VINALES BREAKS THE GROUND RULES A dramatic race, a dramatic conclusion. And a worthy first win of the year for Andrea Iannone (Speed Up), long-time leader, and lucky enough to be just out of the way when Marc Marquez (Suter) and Pol Espargaro (Kalex) collided at the end of the back straight on the last lap. Lucky also was Thomas Luthi (Suter), attacking to the end and less than a tenth behind after a slide on the last lap. But he too escaped the mess. Marquez led into the first corner, but Iannone took over before the lap was half over, and led for every lap except three. But that was over the line, and there was plenty of argy bargy in a four-strong pack, and Marquez led on lap eight and lap 17. The other to see the front was Luthi, on the penultimate lap. Marquez had started the last lap third and his last bid to improve was at the end of the back straight ... but he almost lost it under braking, letting the front two escape as he ran wide. Espargaro had been at the back of the group throughout, and this was his chance. He dived for the apex, travelling much faster than Marquez ... but as he got there his compatriot slammed the door in his face. They collided, and Espargaro crashed heavily, lucky to escape injury. Behind them, Esteve Rabat (Kalex) had escaped from the second group, and with Simone Corsi (FTR) a couple of seconds adrift, narrowly defeating Takaaki Nakagami (Kalex), who had come through impressively from 13th at half distance. The rest of the top 10 were right behind, seventh to eleventh covered by less than a second: Aegerter, Krummenacher, Kallio, Redding and Zarco. Then came more drama, when Race Direction slapped a one-minute penalty of Marquez, promoting everyone behind him and dropping him to 23rd. It was a controversial decision, but justified because he was already on a warning after a much more clearly dangerous move on Luthi at the first race at Qatar. Hours later, the punishment was rescinded, and he was reinstated in third. Luthi took the lead on 88, with Marquez is close on 86. Espargaro and Iannone are equal on 71, then Redding (50). The new Moto3 class is designed for close racing, and at Catalunya it worked, with a huge gang battling all the way to the finish. Trouble was, they were going for second. Title favourite Maverick Vinales (FTR Honda) had already left the party and pulled out a huge and unassailable lead – more than five seconds soon after half distance. He won in the end by 7.7 seconds; second to ninth was covered by less than a second. Le Mans winner Louis Rossi (FTR Honda led away, chased by rising Malaysian star Zulfahmi Khairuddin (KTM), who took over briefly on lap three. But the gang were with them, and Vinales took over on lap four. In the early laps he, Rossi and Efren Vazquez (FTR Honda) made a small break, but it didn’t last, and by lap ten wild card Alex Marquez (Suter Honda) had come through to second, setting fastest lap on the way and sounding a warning he will soon be following in big brother Marc’s footsteps. Sandro Cortese (Red Bull KTM), Hector Faubel (Kalex KTM), and Miguel Oliveira (Suter Honda) were also there; Khairuddin had dropped back but was closing again, along with Alex Rins (Suter Honda) and Alexis Masbou (Honda). Vazquez would lead again before dropping away and eventually crashing out on the same lap as Rins. Cortese also led the group a couple of laps, then Masbou on lap 18, and Marquez again. It went all the way, with astonishingly few further casualties. Cortese and Oliveira completed the rostrum, then Rossi, Masbou, Marquez, Faubel, Khairuddin and fast rookie Romano Fenati (FTR Honda), who caught up in the last laps. They crossed the line in less time than it takes to read Khairuddin’s name. Cortese retained the points lead, 87 to Vinales on 80; Luis Salom (Kalex KTM) was tenth today and has 55 points to Fenati’s 52; Rossi is fifth on 45. 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> BARCELONA