Moto2

Andrea Iannone wins as Marquez takes the championship lead

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Marc Marquez took over the Moto2 World Championship lead, though he didn't win the race at round 14 of the Moto2 World Championship at Motegi, Japan today.

The victory, his third of the season, went to Italian Speed Master's Andrea Iannone, who was in control for most of the race and recovered from a late-race miscue to speed to1.999s victory over Marquez.

Interwetten's Thomas Luthi was third from Stefan Bradl, who fell out of the championship lead which he'd held since the British Grand Prix back in June.

With three races remaining, Marquez now leads the title chase by a single point, 235 to 234. Iannone is a solid third at 157 points.

"It was a difficult race. Maybe here we did not find the perfect setup, but the team did a very good job, improving during the weekend," Marquez said.

"Today (Andrea) Iannone was a bit faster and I tried to do my best to win the race, but it is true that in the last laps I thought a bit more about the championship and I saw on the board ten laps before the end that they said 'P2 OK.' Today it was a tough race for us, but to finish in second place when we do not have a perfect setup is a very good result," the Team Caixa Catalunya Repsol rider concluded.

This race didn't have the usual frantic activity that characterises the Honda-powered Moto2 class. Iannone got the jump on the field from Marquez and the battle for the lead was fought between those two, and not very fervently.

Marquez first took the lead out of the final corner on the seventh lap with a smooth draft pass at the stripe, with Iannone striking back two laps later.

Behind them Bradl was fighting with Simone Corsi as others had eyes on the final podium spot.
Andrea Iannone took his third win for the year
There was little drama at the front until the 19th lap when Iannone slowed dramatically going into turn five, allowing Marquez to easily move back to the front. The engine had temporarily cut out, but soon re-fired. Within a corner or two Iannone put it behind and stalked the Spaniard at record pace. Iannone made his move into turn 11 on the 20th lap, a clean move on the inside on the brakes that put him in the lead.

Iannone set the fastest lap of the race, a new race record, on the 21st. By then he had nearly a second and would increase it on the final lap as he sped to victory.

"I'm really happy with the result we achieved today. I knew this was going to be a difficult and very fast race, but we had a good setting for our Suter MMXI and we managed to keep a consistent pace from the start till the end of the race," Iannone said.

"I got scared when the bike turned off with few laps to go, but luckily its performance went back to normal straight away. I really have to thank the team for the work they've done during the weekend: we managed to find a good solution since the qualifying session and we improved. I hope that from here on we can work in this way and keep up this level of competitiveness. I'd also like to congratulate (Marc) Marquez and (Thomas) Luthi, they were some tough rivals."

Thomas Luthi started the final lap in third ahead of Corsi, Bradl and de Angelis, but Bradl wasn't finished. He and Corsi swapped the spots with Bradl taking control when the Italian ran wide in turn nine. Then Alex de Angelis attacked Corsi, which gave Bradl some breathing room and a secure fourth place finish. Corsi was fifth and de Angelis sixth.

"Yes, the key to finally end up on the podium was I had a good pace all weekend and we finally found a good pace and set out straight from the beginning on Friday and I could keep going like that, so it was a great feeling," Luthi said.

"I could make a good feeling for the bike. And in the race it was a bit difficult in the beginning; I had some trouble with the front end, with the full fuel tank. Maybe after mid-distance of the race it was coming much better. I pushed and finally ended up on the podium and I'm very happy for that. It's really a long time ago. So that's to the team, it's really good to be back up on the podium."

The MotoGP World Championship now has a weekend off before resuming for the second and third flyaways in Australian and Malaysia. The action then returns to Europe for the season finale at Valencia, Spain, on November 6.

Main Photo: The Moto2 field heads into turn one for the 14th time this season

Second place gave Marc Marquez the championship lead by a single point.
Motegi Moto2 Results - Round 14
1 Andrea Iannone 43m25.007s ITA SUTER Speed Master
2 Marc Marquez +1.999s ESP SUTER Catalunya Caixa Repsol
3 Thomas Luthi +3.686s SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock M2 Racing
4 Stefan Bradl +4.313s GER KALEX Viessman Kiefer Racing
5 Simone Corsi +4.647s ITA FTR Ioda Racing Project
6 Alex De Angelis +4.813s SMR MOTOBI JiR Moto2
7 Bradley Smith +10.520s GBR TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
8 Dominique Aegerter +10.725s SWI SUTER Technomag-CIP
9 Esteve Rabat +11.387s ESP FTR Blusens-STX
10 Mika Kallio +12.803s FIN SUTER Marc VDS Racing Team
11 Xavier Simeon +18.259s GER TECH 3 Tech 3 B
12 Anthony West +20.815s AUS MZ-RE HONDA MZ Racing
13 Michele Pirro +23.795s ITA MORIWAKI Gresini Racing Moto2
14 Mattia Pasini +24.388s ITA FTR Ioda Racing Project
15 Pol Espargaro +34.071s ESP FTR HP Tuenti Speed Up
16 Jules Cluzel +38.236s FRA SUTER NGM Forward Racing
17 Kenny Noyes +39.505s USA FTR Avintia-STX
18 Max Neukirchner +39.609s GER MZ-RE HONDA MZ Racing
19 Kenan Sofuoglu +42.296s TUR SUTER Technomag-CIP
20 Scott Redding +44.162s GBR SUTER Marc VDS Racing Team
21 Valentin Debise +46.662s FRA FTR Speed Up
22 Ratthapark Wilairot +46.950s THA FTR Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG
23 Yonny Hernandez +49.625s COL FTR Blusens-STX
24 Randy Krummenacher +50.590s SWI KALEX GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing
25 Robertino Pietri +52.044s VEN SUTER Italtrans Racing Team
26 Joan Olive +52.365s ESP FTR Blusens-STX
27 Mike De Meglio +1m02.873s FRA TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
28 Tomoyoshi Koyama +1m35.559s JPN SUTER Technomag-CIP
29 Mashel Al Naimi +1m35.771s QAT MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team
30 Yuki Takahashi +1 Lap JAP MORIWAKI Gresini Racing Moto2
31 Aleix Espargaro +3 Laps ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
32 Axel Pons DNF - 6 Laps SPA KALEX Pons HP 40
33 Santiago Hernandez DNF - 6 Laps COL FTR Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG
34 Jordi Torres DNF SPA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
35 Raffaele De Rosa DNF ITA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
36 Ricard Cardus DNF SPA MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team

Championship standings
1 Marc Marquez 235 pts ESP SUTER Catalunya Caixa Repsol
2 Stefan Bradl 234 pts GER KALEX Viessman Kiefer Racing
3 Andrea Iannone 157 pts ITA SUTER Speed Master
4 Alex De Angelis 132 pts SMR MOTOBI JiR Moto2
5 Simone Corsi 126 pts ITA FTR Ioda Racing Project
6 Thomas Luthi 121 pts SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock M2 Racing
7 Bradley Smith 121 pts GBR TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
8 Esteve Rabat 74 pts ESP FTR Blusens-STX
9 Yuki Takahashi 71 pts JAP MORIWAKI Gresini Racing Moto2
10 Aleix Espargaro 65 pts ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
11 Dominique Aegerter 63 pts SWI SUTER Technomag-CIP
12 Julian Simon 62 pts SPA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
13 Randy Krummenacher 52 pts SWI KALEX GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing
14 Scott Redding 48 pts GBR SUTER Marc VDS Racing Team
15 Michele Pirro 48 pts ITA MORIWAKI Gresini Racing Moto2
16 Pol Espargaro 46 pts ESP FTR HP Tuenti Speed Up
17 Kenan Sofuoglu 45 pts TUR SUTER Technomag-CIP
18 Max Neukirchner 35 pts GER MZ-RE HONDA MZ Racing
19 Jules Cluzel 35 pts FRA SUTER NGM Forward Racing
20 Yonny Hernandez 33 pts COL FTR Blusens-STX
21 Mika Kallio 31 pts FIN SUTER Marc VDS Racing Team
22 Mattia Pasini 28 pts ITA FTR Ioda Racing Project
23 Anthony West 27 pts AUS MZ-RE HONDA MZ Racing
24 Alex Baldolini 18 pts ITA KALEX Pons HP 40
25 Xavier Simeon 14 pts GER TECH 3 Tech 3 B
26 Mike De Meglio 12 pts FRA TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
27 Kev Coghlan 11 pts GBR FTR Aeroport de Castello
28 Claudio Corti 9 pts ITA SUTER Italtrans Racing Team
29 Ratthapark Wilairot 4 pts THA FTR Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG
30 Ricard Cardus 2 pts SPA MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team
31 Axel Pons 1 pts SPA KALEX Pons HP 40
32 Valentin Debise 0 pts FRA FTR Speed Up
33 Tomoyoshi Koyama 0 pts JPN SUTER Technomag-CIP
34 Tommaso Lorenzetti 0 pts ITA FTR Aeroport de Castello
35 Steven Odendaal 0 pts RSA SUTER MS Racing
36 Santiago Hernandez 0 pts COL FTR Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG
37 Robertino Pietri 0 pts VEN SUTER Italtrans Racing Team
38 Raffaele De Rosa 0 pts ITA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
39 Nasser Hasan Al Malki 0 pts QAT MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team
40 Mashel Al Naimi 0 pts QAT MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team
41 Martin Cardenas 0 pts COL FTR Blusens-STX
42 Kenny Noyes 0 pts USA FTR Avintia-STX
43 Jordi Torres 0 pts SPA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
44 Joan Olive 0 pts ESP FTR Blusens-STX
45 Javier Fores 0 pts SPA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
46 Jacob Gagne 0 pts USA FTR GPTech
47 JD Beach 0 pts USA FTR Aeroport de Castello
48 Elena Rosell 0 pts SPA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
49 Carmelo Morales 0 pts ESP MORIWAKI Desguaces La Torre G22
50 Alexander Cudlin 0 pts AUS MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team
51 Alessandro Andreozzi 0 pts ITA FTR Andreozzi Reparto Corse

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