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Esteve Rabat Extends Moto2 Championship Lead With Misano Win

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Esteve Rabat has extended his Moto2 championship lead by winning the Misano, Italy race held overnight.

The race was a repeat of the last round at Silverstone with Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex rider Mika Kallio, starting from pole, seizing an early lead, pursued by his team-mate Tito Rabat.

At one stage Kallio was a full second clear, but as the race wore on Rabat closed up again, and on lap 18 of 26 he finally pounced, to take a lead he would hold to the finish. He won by an eventual 2.2 seconds ‰ÛÒ his seventh victory of the year, compared with Kallio‰Ûªs three.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm happy to leave here with a win, because it hasn‰Ûªt been an easy weekend." Rabat admitted. "The rain on Friday lost us time and it was difficult to find a good dry setting for the bike in only two sessions on Saturday, but the team did a great job.

"I got a good start in the race, but not as good as Mika. He was away like thunder and his first few laps were unbelievable. But I managed to hold then close the gap, but very slowly. It was hard, not just physically but psychologically too, as it‰Ûªs difficult to maintain focus when you‰Ûªre on your own.

"Once I caught him I had a quick breather, before passing him when he made a mistake into turn four. Then I pushed until the end, as he did too, but I managed to pull away for the win.

"We did a good job this weekend, but it‰Ûªs a long way until Valencia, so we need to keep focussed and keep working.‰Û
Moto2 Misano Podium - Credit: Honda Racing
Moto2 Misano Results - Round 13
1 Esteve Rabat 42'48.724 ESP KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
2 Mika Kallio 2.271 FIN KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
3 Johann Zarco 4.268 FRA CATERHAM SUTER AirAsia Caterham
4 Maverick Vinales 7.448 ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
5 Thomas Luthi 9.679 SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock Moto2
6 Dominique Aegerter 11.587 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
7 Franco Morbidelli 21.899 ITA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
8 Julian Simon 22.403 SPA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
9 Axel Pons 22.744 SPA KALEX Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
10 Takaaki Nakagima 24.044 JPN KALEX Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
11 Marcel Schrotter 25.711 GER TECH 3 Tech 3
12 Sandro Cortese 29.473 GER KALEX Dynavolt Intact GP
13 Mattia Pasini 31.929 ITA FORWARD KLX NGM Forward Racing
14 Randy Krummenacher 35.067 SWI SUTER IodaRacing Project
15 Luis Salom 35.294 ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
16 Xavier Simeon 37.413 GER SUTER Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
17 Anthony West 37.828 AUS SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
18 Sam Lowes 38.303 GBR SPEED UP Speed Up
19 Jonas Folger 42.800 GER KALEX Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
20 Hafizh Syahrin 42.936 MAL KALEX Petronas Raceline Malaysia
21 Jordi Torres 43.993 ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
22 Gino Rea 44.376 GBR SUTER AGT REA Racing
23 Ratthapark Wilairot 50.539 THA CATERHAM SUTER AirAsia Caterham
25 Lorenzo Baldassarri 49.033 ITA SUTER Gresini Moto2
26 Louis Rossi 52.803 FRA KALEX SAG team
27 Roman Ramos 1'02.315 ESP SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
29 Robin Mulhauser 1'03.043 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
30 Thitipong Warokorn 1'06.321 THA KALEX APH PTT The Pizza SAG
32 Azlan Shah 1 Lap MAL KALEX Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
33 Ricard Cardus DNF ESP TECH 3 Tech 3
34 Riccardo Russo DNF ITA SUTER Tasca Racing Moto2
35 Nicolas Terol DNF ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
36 Miroslav Popov DNF CZE SUTER Montaze Broz Racing Team

Moto2 Championship Standings:
1 Esteve Rabat 258 pts
2 Mika Kallio 236 pts
3 Maverick Vinales 179 pts
4 Dominique Aegerter 133 pts
5 Thomas Luthi 103 pts
6 Simone Corsi 100 pts
7 Johann Zarco 88 pts
8 Anthony West 65 pts
9 Luis Salom 63 pts
10 Sandro Cortese 62 pts
11 Franco Morbidelli 52 pts
12 Marcel Schrotter 51 pts
13 Jonas Folger 48 pts
14 Sam Lowes 42 pts
15 Xavier Simeon 39 pts
16 Alex De Angelis 37 pts
17 Julian Simon 36 pts
18 Mattia Pasini 32 pts
19 Jordi Torres 32 pts
20 Hafizh Syahrin 29 pts

Top Image: Esteve Rabat Extends Moto2 Championship Lead With Misano Win

Credit: Honda Racing

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