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Esteve Rabat Wins Typically Close and Exciting Moto2 Season Opener

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Esteve Rabat Wins Typically Close and Exciting Moto2 Season Opener
In the all-Honda-powered Moto2 class, Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex rider Esteve ‰ÛÏTito‰Û
Esteve Rabat Wins Typically Close and Exciting Moto2 Season Opener
Mika Kallio was awarded 2nd place after Takaaki Nakagima's disqualification - Credit: Honda Racing
After the race, a shock: technical inspection found an infringement concerning the air filter on Nakagami‰Ûªs bike, and he was disqualified. The team appealed, without success. The resultant disqualification lifted Kallio into second place for the evening.

‰ÛÏI got a good start, making up places off the line and managed to slot into second behind Taka Nakagami, who‰Ûªd already pulled a gap at the front. It took me two laps to catch him, and I had the pace to pass, but I decided to sit in behind, stay as smooth as possible and save my tyres for the last few laps." Kallio explained.

"The lap times were quick, but I felt comfortable, until Taka upped the pace again with about eight laps to go. Then Tito came past me and I started to struggle for grip in the right hand turns. I was making up ground in the left corners only to lose it again in the right corners.

"I lost contact with them on the final lap and decided to settle for third and the points. Unfortunately for Nakagami but luckily for me, it then became second. Although we could have won tonight, I‰Ûªm happy to finish on the podium after such a big crash yesterday.

"Thanks to my crew, who put in long hours to rebuild the bike last night. Thanks also to Petronas Raceline Malaysia for the loan of a frame," he added.

Not far behind the leading trio was, former 125cc champion Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Suter) who crosses the finish line fourth on track, barely half-a-second clear of class rookie Maverick Vinales (Pons HP 40 Kalex), winner of last year‰Ûªs Moto3 World Championship. Both were promoted one position by the disqualification, giving Luthi the final position on the podium.

‰ÛÏI lost my chance to fight for victory in the first five laps. I had problems with the front on right-handers and it kept pushing me wide. After a few laps the rear grip went down, and that helped me." Luthi stated. "I was able to get a good rhythm, and from t en it was a good race.

"What pleases me I‰Ûªm fit, feel very good, even now after the race. This is nice, especially when I think back to my njury a year ago. I was not able to cross the line in third, but my lap times in the second half of the race would have been good enough for such a position. For the season, therefore I already believe that much is possible.‰Û
Esteve Rabat Wins Typically Close and Exciting Moto2 Season Opener
Moto2 Podium - Credit: Honda Racing
Moto2 Round 1 Results and Championship Standings:
1. Esteve Rabat 40m20.963s ESP KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
2. Mika Kallio 1.059 FIN KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
3. Thomas Luthi 3.741 SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock Moto2
4. Maverick Vinales 4.043 ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
5. Simone Corsi 5.830 ITA FORWARD KLX NGM Forward Racing
6. Sam Lowes 14.170 GBR SPEED UP Speed Up
7. Sandro Cortese 24.943 GER KALEX Dynavolt Intact GP
8. Jordi Torres 25.196 ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
9. Anthony West 25.322 AUS SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
10. Louis Rossi 26.687 FRA KALEX SAG team
11. Jonas Folger 26.873 GER KALEX Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
12. Ricard Cardus 26.914 ESP TECH 3 Tech 3
13. Randy Krummenacher 31.671 SWI SUTER IodaRacing Project
14. Luis Salom 40.588 ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
15. Hafizh Syahrin 40.695 MAL KALEX Petronas Raceline Malaysia
16. Julian Simon 41.810 SPA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
17. Mattia Pasini 44.030 ITA FORWARD KLX NGM Forward Racing
18. Azlan Shah 52.813 MAL KALEX Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
19. Roman Ramos 53.563 ESP SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
20. Thitipong Warokorn 1'10.995 THA KALEX APH PTT The Pizza SAG
21. Tetsuta Nagashima 1'11.391 JPN TSR Teluru Team JiR Webike
22. Robin Mulhauser 1'11.811 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
23. Johann Zarco 1'52.348 FRA CATERHAM SUTER AirAsia Caterham
24. Xavier Simeon 1'52.446 GER SUTER Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
25. Franco Morbidelli 1 lap ITA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
26. Lorenzo Baldassarri DNF ITA SUTER Gresini Moto2
27. Dominique Aegerter DNF SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
28. Nicolas Terol DNF ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
20. Marcel Schrotter DNF GER TECH 3 Tech 3
30. Axel Pons DNF SPA KALEX Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
31. Mashel al Naimi DNF QAT SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
32. Gino Rea DNF GBR SUTER AGT REA Racing
33. Alex De Angelis DNF SMR SUTER Tasca Racing Moto2
34. Josh Herrin DNF USA CATERHAM SUTER AirAsia Caterham
DQ. Takaaki Nakagima 0.040 JPN KALEX Idemitsu Honda Team Asia

Top Image: Esteve Rabat won the opening Moto2 race of the season
Credit: Honda Racing

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