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Jordi Torres wins a brilliant maiden Moto2 Grand Prix victory at the Sachsenring

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Jordi Torres wins a brilliant maiden Moto2 Grand Prix victory at the Sachsenring
Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter) scored a brilliant maiden Grand Prix victory in the Honda-powered Moto2 race, getting the better of long-time leader Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) at two-thirds distance.

The 25-year-old Spaniard spent the earlier part of the race shadowing Espargaro, with Simone Corsi (NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up) right with them in third place, waiting to pounce.

Torres‰Ûª winning move was the classic Sachsenring overtaking manoeuvre: building speed through the high-speed and treacherous Turn 11 to set up a pass into Turn 12, the penultimate corner. Once ahead, he eked a gap and finally crossed the line more than two seconds ahead of Corsi, who had successfully attacked Espargaro at Turn Four on the final lap.

‰ÛÏAfter all our work over the weekend I knew I had pace, so at the beginning of the race I thought that I could take and hold the lead." Torees stated. "After the first laps behind Pol I saw that in some sections I was closer to him and I was riding comfortably.

"I was just thinking about saving my tyres for the end of the race. Having familiarised ourselves with the chatter in practice, we were able to have confidence when overtaking Pol and trying to extend a gap. I saw the opportunity and I took advantage of it, as I did not want to bet it all on the last lap with veteran riders like Corsi and Espargaro in contention.

"I am very happy with my first win, now I have the summer break to take it in. It is an honour for me to win a GP. I had a chance, coming from the CEV [the Spanish national championship], and I have taken it. I hope to continue in this way. Although today I learned a lot, especially to believe in myself, I still have to continue to accumulate experience.

"We must continue demanding more of ourselves every day. When I crossed the finish line I was overcome with emotion; this victory is dedicated to my brother Ruben and my whole family.‰Û
Jordi Torres wins a brilliant maiden Moto2 Grand Prix victory at the Sachsenring
Pol Espargaro moved to within 23 points of the championship lead with his third place finish - Credit: Honda Racing
Winner of the last two races, Espargaro had to be content with third, a result which nevertheless further reduced his disadvantage to championship leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) who could only manage seventh place today.

The pair are separated by 23 points as they go into their summer break. While the MotoGP class races at Laguna next Sunday, the next race for Moto2 and Moto3 riders is the Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 18.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm happy with this podium because I reduced the points gap to the leader, even though it‰Ûªs true that we could have got more points." Espargaro commented. "But going into Catalunya we were 47 points behind and now the gap is 23 points, so we have halved the gap in three races.

"The key is to keep working, pushing and winning when I can and adding maximum points when winning isn‰Ûªt possible. I started the race well and was monitoring the situation, but eventually Torres came past and his tyres seemed fresher than mine so I could not follow him.

"Corsi passed me on the last lap and although I tried to recover second place the risk was too high to come away with nothing. Congratulations to Torres, who has worked hard to get here. His success shows that with effort you can get where you want to be," he added.

Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) finished a lonely fourth, three seconds down on Espargaro after he had run with the lead group during the early stages. Alex De Angelis (NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up) and Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Suter) were fifth and sixth after getting the better of Redding during the middle stages of the race.
Jordi Torres wins a brilliant maiden Moto2 Grand Prix victory at the Sachsenring
Aussie Ant West rode from 16th place up to 8th by race end - Credit: Honda Racing
Australian racer Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team Speed Up) had a great ride, coming through from 16th on the grid to finish eighth, less than a tenth of a second ahead of Xavier Simeon (Desguaces La Torre Maptaq Kalex) who started from pole position but spoiled his race day with a high-speed fall in morning warm-up.

Assen podium finisher Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) completed the top ten.

German Moto2 Race Results
1. Jordi Torres 41m19.636s ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
2. Simone Corsi 2.164 ITA SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
3. Pol Espargaro 2.494 ESP KALEX Tuenti HP 40
4. Julian Simon 5.409 SPA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
5. Alex De Angelis 7.546 SMR SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
6. Thomas Luthi 7.827 SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock Moto2
7. Scott Redding 11.241 GBR KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
8. Anthony West 12.768 AUS SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
9. Xavier Simeon 12.810 GER KALEX Desguaces La Torre SAG/Zelos
10. Dominique Aegerter 13.119 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
11. Takaaki Nakagima 13.285 JPN KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
12. Johann Zarco 13.533 FRA SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
13. Mika Kallio 16.475 FIN KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
14. Esteve Rabat 25.551 ESP KALEX Tuenti HP 40
15. Sandro Cortese 30.891 GER KALEX Dynavolt Intact GP
16. Axel Pons 36.247 SPA KALEX Tuenti HP 40
17. Ricard Cardus 36.392 SPA SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
18. Randy Krummenacher 36.392 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
19. Yuki Takahashi 39.862 JAP MORIWAKI Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
20. Mattia Pasini 40.232 ITA SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing

Current Moto2 Championship standings
1. Scott Redding 143 pts
2. Pol Espargaro 120 pts
3. Esteve Rabat 88 pts
4. Dominique Aegerter 83 pts
5. Mika Kallio 81 pts
6. Johann Zarco 67 pts
7. Nicolas Terol 58 pts
8. Jordi Torres 58 pts
9. Xavier Simeon 51 pts
10. Simone Corsi 50 pts
11. Thomas Luthi 46 pts
12. Takaaki Nakagima 45 pts
13. Alex De Angelis 41 pts
14. Julian Simon 37 pts
15. Anthony West 34 pts
16. Mattia Pasini 23 pts
17. Marcel Schrotter 21 pts
18. Randy Krummenacher 20 pts
19. Toni Elias 19 pts
20. Mike De Meglio 18 pts

Top Image: Jordi Torres claimed the Moto2 German GP win
Credit: Honda Racing

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