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Moto2 championship fight continues at Indy

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The two-man fight to succeed Elias as the Moto2 World Champion was briefly interrupted in Brno.

The race was tightly fought to the flag among four riders. Championship leader Stefan Bradl held the lead until being caught and passed by Speed Master's Andrea Iannone on the 13th of 20 laps, with Team CaixaCatalunya's Marc Marquez and Alex de Angelis part of the fighting foursome. Bradl and Iannone swapped the lead until the penultimate lap when Marquez took the point for the first time. But Iannone wouldn't be denied and earned his second victory of 2011 with a last lap pass. Marquez was second, Bradl third and de Angelis fourth, the quartet covered by less than a second.

By finishing second to Bradl's third, Marquez took four more points off the German's championship lead, though it remains a robust 43 points, 183 to 140, with seven races remaining. De Angelis moved into third in the championship by coming fourth.

Neither of the title hopefuls had any success here last year. Bradl was taken out on the fourth lap of the Moto2 race while Marquez crashed his 125 with a 2.64s lead on the ninth of 23 laps.

"I'm happy going to Indianapolis," Bradl said. "The atmosphere is fantastic and it's already something special riding on this legendary circuit. It's not only the environment I like, but also I like the layout of the track. I'm curious to see how the new asphalt works. As we are currently on form, it will be an exciting weekend and I'll try my best. My best result is third in the 125cc class in 2008, so still one or two places to improve."

Marquez is eager to continue the fight in America soil. "The Czech Republic Grand Prix was an important race after the summer break ‰ÛÓit is a circuit where we had always had trouble‰ÛÓ and it was fun, very competitive and we showed a good level, so we get to Indianapolis eager to fight. Moreover, we get to one of the countries where I like to ride, because the atmosphere there is very special. It is an unusual track, completely flat, with lots of bumps and with many changes of surface. We will see how it goes with the new tarmac, because it is something we have to take into account. With the 125cc it was not bad, it is a fun track and you have to take the corners properly to be able to chain one after another without losing time," the young Spaniard concluded.

Main Photo: Stefan Bradl leads a tight tussle

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