Moto2

Iannone wins arguably the best battle of the year so far in any class

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The Honda-powered Moto2 race at Brno in the Czech Republic provided arguably the best battle of the year so far in any class, with the leading pack of four riders swapping positions time and again around this epic racetrack.

Brno is fast, wide and open, so it gives riders the chance to ride at closer quarters than at most other MotoGP venues.

The winner was Speed Maste's Andrea Iannone but it could just as well have been any of the three men who crossed the finish line in the next eight tenths of a second: Marc Marquez, Stefan Bradl and JIR Moto2's Alex De Angelis.

The quartet spent the entire race within a few metres of each other, attacking and counter-attacking, passing and re-passing, no one able to find a definite advantage. Interwetten's Thomas Luthi got the hole-shot and played his part in the lead battle for much of the race before slipping back to finish a lonely fifth.

The real action started on lap one at turn three when Marquez collided with Bradl. That set the tone for the remainder of the 20 laps. There was no quarter asked and none given as the leaders fought for every inch of tarmac. Bradl led from lap two until after half distance, at one point establishing a 0.9s gap, but try as he might, he could not make good his escape.
Stefan Bradl leads the field into what many claim was the best Moto2 race ever. Bradl ended the race in third.
Iannone was the first man to get past the championship leader, slipping ahead at turn one on lap 13, the pair passing and re-passing twice more on that lap alone. The next lap Bradl briefly found himself pushed down to fourth, but he quickly fought back and by lap 16 had retaken the lead from Iannone, who soon found himself relegated to third by Marquez.

Iannone loves a fight though and on lap 18 took Marquez and Bradl in one corner to retake the lead. The next lap Marquez attacked Iannone once more, making contact with his fellow Suter rider, but getting ahead nonetheless. Iannone's winning move came at the first turn of the last lap. And try as he might, Marquez couldn't quite get back in front. Bradl meanwhile was coming under repeated attack from De Angelis, but finally Bradl prevailed.

Iannone's first win since May's Spanish GP ‰ÛÒ following a series of very difficult races ‰ÛÒ moves him into fourth overall, while Bradl found his series lead trimmed by four points. He goes into the next race 43 ahead of Marquez, who had won the previous three races at Assen, Mugello and Sachsenring.

"I'm very happy. It feels great to win again, especially after a great fight with two very strong riders," Iannone said. "This is a testament to the work done by my team. During the summer break we analysed all the data from all the races and even from preseason testing and decided to go back to a completely standard Suter set-up. The bike is a lot better now and we hope it will work like this everywhere else, so we can stay strong and continue to fight for wins."

Marc Marquez admitted he was on the limit trying to take the victory.

"I enjoyed the race a lot, though sometimes it was too much on the limit," the young Spaniard said. "You cannot win every race so I'm happy with second, especially considering that at this circuit we found it so hard to get on a level with the top riders. Finally we got there, so I'm happy for that and thanks to my team. The last lap I pushed 100 per cent, but I didn't have the set-up to make a pass at the braking points."
Marc Marquez was second and is now 43 points behind Bradl in the championship.
Stefan Bradl's third kept him well in control of the championship lead and is now looking fward to the USA.

"I got out front but the other guys caught me. I'm happy with the race and I cannot be unhappy with another podium. I enjoyed myself a lot, it was fun out there. Maybe I could have attacked at the end but De Angelis passed me once too often. It was very close and now we look to Indianapolis where I know I can again run a good pace," the German said.

The battle for sixth place was every bit as hectic, the four-way contest eventually won by Aleix Espargaro (Pons HP40-Pons Kalex), the young Spaniard beating Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX-FTR) crossing the line 13 seconds behind Iannone and one thousandths of a second ahead of his compatriot. Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP-Suter) and Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project-FTR) were less of a second behind the two Spaniards. Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag-CIP-Suter) completed the top ten another six seconds down.

The Moto2 paddock now heads across the Atlantic for its second time in the space of five weeks for the Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 28.

Main Photo: Andrea Iannone won a thriller
Photo: HRC
A Happy podium.
Brno Moto2 Event results - Round 10
1 Andrea Iannone 41m13.255s ITA SUTER Speed Master
2 Marc Marquez +0.161s ESP SUTER Catalunya Caixa Repsol
3 Stefan Bradl +0.407s GER KALEX Viessman Kiefer Racing
4 Alex De Angelis +0.870s SMR MOTOBI JiR Moto2
5 Thomas Luthi +4.225s SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock M2 Racing
6 Aleix Espargaro +13.636s ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
7 Esteve Rabat +13.647s ESP FTR Blusens-STX
8 Dominique Aegerter +14.365s SWI SUTER Technomag-CIP
9 Simone Corsi +14.617s ITA FTR Ioda Racing Project
10 Kenan Sofuoglu +21.383s TUR SUTER Technomag-CIP
11 Mattia Pasini +26.235s ITA FTR Ioda Racing Project
12 Yuki Takahashi +29.726s JAP MORIWAKI Gresini Racing Moto2
13 Mika Kallio +30.046s FIN SUTER Marc VDS Racing Team
14 Claudio Corti +30.380s ITA SUTER Italtrans Racing Team
15 Mike De Meglio +30.459s FRA TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
16 Pol Espargaro +31.691s ESP FTR HP Tuenti Speed Up
17 Ratthapark Wilairot +31.752s THA FTR Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG
18 Michele Pirro +35.548s ITA MORIWAKI Gresini Racing Moto2
19 Jordi Torres +40.270s SPA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
20 Kenny Noyes +40.722s USA FTR Avintia-STX
21 Valentin Debise +40.803s FRA FTR Speed Up
22 Ricard Cardus +42.247s SPA MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team
23 Xavier Simeon +42.285s GER TECH 3 Tech 3 B
24 Axel Pons +42.348s SPA KALEX Pons HP 40
25 Robertino Pietri +53.036s VEN SUTER Italtrans Racing Team
26 Scott Redding +53.044s GBR SUTER Marc VDS Racing Team
27 Santiago Hernandez +1m06.674s COL FTR Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG
28 Steven Odendaal +1m07.935s RSA SUTER MS Racing
29 Anthony West +1m30.360s AUS MZ-RE HONDA MZ Racing
30 Mashel Al Naimi +1m30.499s QAT MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team
31 Tommaso Lorenzetti DNF - 1 Lap ITA FTR Aeroport de Castello
32 Alex Baldolini DNF - 9 Laps ITA SUTER NGM Forward Racing
33 Jules Cluzel DNF - 9 Laps FRA SUTER NGM Forward Racing
34 Max Neukirchner DNF - 13 Laps GER MZ-RE HONDA MZ Racing
35 Carmelo Morales DNF - 17 Laps ESP MORIWAKI Desguaces La Torre G22
36 Bradley Smith DNF - 19 Laps GBR TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
37 Yonny Hernandez DNF - 19 Laps COL FTR Blusens-STX
38 Randy Krummenacher DNF SWI KALEX GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing

Moto2 Championship standings
1 Stefan Bradl 183 pts GER KALEX Viessman Kiefer Racing
2 Marc Marquez 140 pts ESP SUTER Catalunya Caixa Repsol
3 Alex De Angelis 95 pts SMR MOTOBI JiR Moto2
4 Simone Corsi 91 pts ITA FTR Ioda Racing Project
5 Andrea Iannone 91 pts ITA SUTER Speed Master
6 Thomas Luthi 88 pts SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock M2 Racing
7 Bradley Smith 79 pts GBR TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
8 Yuki Takahashi 62 pts JAP MORIWAKI Gresini Racing Moto2
9 Randy Krummenacher 52 pts SWI KALEX GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing
10 Julian Simon 49 pts SPA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
11 Aleix Espargaro 48 pts ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
12 Esteve Rabat 46 pts ESP FTR Blusens-STX
13 Kenan Sofuoglu 45 pts TUR SUTER Technomag-CIP
14 Michele Pirro 43 pts ITA MORIWAKI Gresini Racing Moto2
15 Dominique Aegerter 41 pts SWI SUTER Technomag-CIP
16 Jules Cluzel 35 pts FRA SUTER NGM Forward Racing
17 Yonny Hernandez 33 pts COL FTR Blusens-STX
18 Max Neukirchner 32 pts GER MZ-RE HONDA MZ Racing
19 Scott Redding 25 pts GBR SUTER Marc VDS Racing Team
20 Mattia Pasini 18 pts ITA FTR Ioda Racing Project
21 Anthony West 18 pts AUS MZ-RE HONDA MZ Racing
22 Alex Baldolini 18 pts ITA SUTER NGM Forward Racing
23 Pol Espargaro 16 pts ESP FTR HP Tuenti Speed Up
24 Mika Kallio 11 pts FIN SUTER Marc VDS Racing Team
25 Kev Coghlan 11 pts GBR FTR Aeroport de Castello
26 Claudio Corti 9 pts ITA SUTER Italtrans Racing Team
27 Mike De Meglio 8 pts FRA TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
28 Xavier Simeon 6 pts GER TECH 3 Tech 3 B
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 Tommaso Lorenzetti 0 pts ITA FTR Aeroport de Castello
34 Steven Odendaal 0 pts RSA SUTER MS Racing
35 Santiago Hernandez 0 pts COL FTR Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG
36 Robertino Pietri 0 pts VEN SUTER Italtrans Racing Team
37 Raffaele De Rosa 0 pts ITA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
38 Nasser Hasan Al Malki 0 pts QAT MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team
39 Mashel Al Naimi 0 pts QAT MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team
40 Kenny Noyes 0 pts USA FTR Avintia-STX
41 Jordi Torres 0 pts SPA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
42 Javier Fores 0 pts SPA SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team
43 Carmelo Morales 0 pts ESP MORIWAKI Desguaces La Torre G22
44 Alexander Cudlin 0 pts AUS MORIWAKI QMMF Racing Team

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