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Espargaro wins close fought Moto2 battle with Redding

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The battle in the all-Honda-powered Moto2 class went all the way, with Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) regaining the lead from championship leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) on the last lap, after the pair had outstripped the opposition to run away together after half-distance of the 24-lap race.

They were separated by barely a tenth of a second over the line. The result meant that Espargaro clawed back five points from the British rider, but Redding‰Ûªs lead still stands at a comfortable 30 points.

"This whole weekend I have felt so confident ‰ÛÒ and felt so good with my bike," Espargaro said. "Through the race it was the same, and finally Scott and I had an incredible battle in the last laps. I was faster through the third and fourth sectors, he was faster than me in the first two. He wanted to close the door as we started the last lap, but I managed to do it. Thanks to my team. Now we must continue to work and recover points on Scott.

An absorbing battle for third was also decided after a frantic final lap saw positions change almost corner by corner. Over the line Switzerland‰Ûªs Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) narrowly claimed the last rostrum spot by just over a tenth, from second Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex rider Mika Kallio, Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) and Johann Zarco (Came Iodaracing Project Suter). All five crossed the line within just over half a second.

‰ÛÏNormally I‰Ûªd be disappointed with finishing second, but not today," Redding mused. "It was a close race and it was good for me to know I could put pressure on Pol throughout, despite him having a bit of a speed advantage on the straight. I could pass him in the first sector but he would just come back at me in sector two or sector four.

"In the end I went through and tried to pull a gap, because I knew it would be difficult to hold him off on the last lap if we were close. It was all going to plan, but then the bike jumped out of sixth gear and it was enough for him to close on me again. It was a close fight and Pol made some hard moves, but I was smiling in my helmet for the whole race. It was great fun, so losing out on the win by just a tenth at the end wasn‰Ûªt as disheartening as it would normally be.‰Û

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