Moto2

Bradl snares back championship lead as de Angelis takes the win at Phillip Island

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The Moto2 World Championship delivered yet more stirring races for all three podium positions.

JiR Moto2's Alex de Angelis won the Australian GP for the second year in a row after a desperate last lap maneuver by Stefan Bradl nearly took both of them out.

The move came early on the last lap when Bradl tried to re-pass de Angelis, who had taken the lead in turn one on the last of 25 laps. Heading into the Southern Loop, Bradl tried sticking his nose up the inside of de Angelis as they leaned left, but de Angelis had left him no room and Bradl rammed the San Marinese.

De Angelis stayed upright, while Bradl fought to keep control of the bike. The failed move effectively ended his hopes of victory, with de Angelis beating him to the flag by 1.358s.

"I'm super happy with this victory and the weekend in general. This morning we had many problems because of the wind then in the race I tried to settle my confidence in the tyres and then remain attached to Bradl as I knew he would try to get away," De Angelis said.

"We suddenly got an advantage on the other riders, but he was very fast. I've recently suffered a lack of performance, but here we were able to do an excellent job on my MotoBI that allowed me to play all my cards. Lap after lap I realised that the race would be resolved in the last one so I used the second position to be well-prepared for my attempt to overtake. I knew that I had a small advantage on that bend and I tried, I threw myself into it and it went well. Then he attempted to gain the position back, we also touched but with a little luck we were both undamaged, these are things that can happen in racing so close. This victory is a worthy conclusion to a perfect weekend I have to thank my team and all those who work for me.
Second was enough to get Stefan Bradl the championship lead back
It wasn't a perfect day for Bradl but the German was happy to walk away with the championship lead again.

"I immediately noticed that I could ride faster than the guys ahead of me," Bradl said. "So I saw that I quickly could reach them and take over the lead. I also knew that Alex (DeAngelis) can indeed ride me behind good, but in the lead the work is more difficult. With my attack on the last lap he expected it, but it came from we touched and I am glad that I finished the race at all. I would have liked to win, but we have taken over the championship lead back and we'll see how it goes in Malaysia."

Equally exciting was the battle for third, waged between Claudio Corti and Marc Marquez, the Team CaixaCatalunya Repsol ‰ÛÒ Suter rider and championship leader who started on the back row. Marquez had been penalised by race direction for a practice incident, but that only seemed to serve as motivation.

The young Spaniard made quick progress through the field, moving into 16th ending the first lap and fourth by lap 12 of 25. Now he had Corti in his sights. Marquez caught the young Italian on the 16th lap and made the pass a lap later. It was clear Marquez had the faster motorcycle and he was able to rebuff every challenge.

On the final lap Corti had one last go out of MG Corner, a slow right, but he wheelied and Marquez jetted ahead to solidify his position, denying Corti his first ever Moto2 podium by .113s.

The exercise in damage control paid off for Marquez. Though he lost the championship lead to Bradl, it's only by three points, 254 to 251.

"The race was very tough, the most difficult of the year," Marquez said after the race.

"The high wind made it even more complicated and, as the time of the race got near, I must confess that I was getting nervous, because starting last the race would always be very difficult. I was lucky to do a great start, which I think was the most important. With the team we had set us the aim to gather points, but in the end, the third position is a result I would signed for before starting, because from the last place, to lose only four points from Bradl is a result with which we must be very happy.

"I want to thank the team for the job they did during the weekend, because they prepared two bikes and worked a lot, finishing in the early morning, so this podium is for all of them," the young Spaniard concluded.

Main Photo: Alex De Angelis took his second win in a row at Phillip Island
Marc Marquez came through from last on the grid to third
Event results - Round 15 - Race 1
1 Alex De Angelis 39m44.774s SMR MOTOBI JiR Moto2
2 Stefan Bradl +1.358s GER KALEX Viessman Kiefer Racing
3 Marc Marquez +6.362s ESP SUTER Catalunya Caixa Repsol
4 Claudio Corti +6.475s ITA SUTER Italtrans Racing Team
5 Pol Espargaro +14.815s ESP FTR HP Tuenti Speed Up
6 Kenan Sofuoglu +15.155s TUR SUTER Technomag-CIP
7 Scott Redding +15.261s GBR SUTER Marc VDS Racing Team
8 Andrea Iannone +16.047s ITA SUTER Speed Master
9 Mike De Meglio +16.331s FRA TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
10 Yuki Takahashi +20.337s JAP MORIWAKI Gresini Racing Moto2
11 Thomas Luthi +22.081s SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock M2 Racing
12 Dominique Aegerter +26.248s SWI SUTER Technomag-CIP
13 Aleix Espargaro +29.295s ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
14 Michele Pirro +30.203s ITA MORIWAKI Gresini Racing Moto2
15 Simone Corsi +30.745s ITA FTR Ioda Racing Project
16 Mika Kallio +30.776s FIN SUTER Marc VDS Racing Team
17 Ricard Cardus +30.784s SPA MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team
18 Bradley Smith +43.520s GBR TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
19 Axel Pons +47.064s SPA KALEX Pons HP 40
20 Raffaele De Rosa +50.357s ITA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
21 Randy Krummenacher +50.364s SWI KALEX GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing
22 Kenny Noyes +1m04.747s USA FTR Avintia-STX
23 Joan Olive +1m04.907s ESP FTR Blusens-STX
24 Yonny Hernandez +1m19.734s COL FTR Blusens-STX
25 Ivan Moreno +1 Lap ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
26 Santiago Hernandez +1 Lap COL FTR Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG
27 Blake Leigh-Smith +1 Lap AUS SUTER BRP Racing
28 Mashel Al Naimi +1 Lap QAT MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team
29 Robertino Pietri DNF - 5 Laps VEN SUTER Italtrans Racing Team
30 Valentin Debise DNF - 6 Laps FRA FTR Speed Up
31 Kris McLaren DNF - 11 Laps AUS SUTER BRP Racing
32 Xavier Simeon DNF - 13 Laps GER TECH 3 Tech 3 B
33 Jules Cluzel DNF - 13 Laps FRA SUTER NGM Forward Racing
34 Max Neukirchner DNF - 24 Laps GER MZ-RE HONDA MZ Racing
35 Mattia Pasini DNF ITA FTR Ioda Racing Project
36 Jordi Torres DNF SPA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
37 Esteve Rabat DNF ESP FTR Blusens-STX
38 Anthony West DNF AUS MZ-RE HONDA MZ Racing

Championship standings
1 Stefan Bradl 254 pts GER KALEX Viessman Kiefer Racing
2 Marc Marquez 251 pts ESP SUTER Catalunya Caixa Repsol
3 Andrea Iannone 165 pts ITA SUTER Speed Master
4 Alex De Angelis 157 pts SMR MOTOBI JiR Moto2
5 Simone Corsi 127 pts ITA FTR Ioda Racing Project
6 Thomas Luthi 126 pts SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock M2 Racing
7 Bradley Smith 121 pts GBR TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
8 Yuki Takahashi 77 pts JAP MORIWAKI Gresini Racing Moto2
9 Esteve Rabat 74 pts ESP FTR Blusens-STX
10 Aleix Espargaro 68 pts ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
11 Dominique Aegerter 67 pts SWI SUTER Technomag-CIP
12 Julian Simon 62 pts SPA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
13 Scott Redding 57 pts GBR SUTER Marc VDS Racing Team
14 Pol Espargaro 57 pts ESP FTR HP Tuenti Speed Up
15 Kenan Sofuoglu 55 pts TUR SUTER Technomag-CIP
16 Randy Krummenacher 52 pts SWI KALEX GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing
17 Michele Pirro 50 pts ITA MORIWAKI Gresini Racing Moto2
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 Claudio Corti 22 pts ITA SUTER Italtrans Racing Team
25 Mike De Meglio 19 pts FRA TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
26 Alex Baldolini 18 pts ITA KALEX Pons HP 40
27 Xavier Simeon 14 pts GER TECH 3 Tech 3 B
28 Kev Coghlan 11 pts GBR FTR Aeroport de Castello
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 Ivan Moreno 0 pts ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
49 Elena Rosell 0 pts SPA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
50 Carmelo Morales 0 pts ESP MORIWAKI Desguaces La Torre G22
51 Blake Leigh-Smith 0 pts AUS SUTER BRP Racing
52 Alexander Cudlin 0 pts AUS MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team
53 Alessandro Andreozzi 0 pts ITA FTR Andreozzi Reparto Corse

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