Moto2

Pol Espargaro wins from pole at Misano

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The duel for the Honda-powered Moto2 World Championship swung back in the favour of Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) today, the Spaniard scoring a brilliant, hard-charging win while main rival Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) struggled to sixth.

Two weeks ago at Silverstone it was the other way around, with Redding taking the win and Espargaro coming home in eighth spot.

Although Espargaro started from pole position and led the first few laps it was Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) who dominated most of the race. At the halfway stage the Japanese was two seconds ahead of Espargaro and looked set for his first Grand Prix win.

But once again his pace faltered in the last laps while Espargaro got into the groove, thanks to his crew successfully adapting his bike to a new rear slick, recently introduced by Dunlop. Espargaro carved big chunks out of the leader‰Ûªs advantage to take the lead at the start of the penultimate lap. Nakagami had no reply, crossing the line 0.6 seconds down on the winner and 1.2 seconds ahead of Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex).

‰ÛÏIt was tough because Taka made an incredible start to the race," Espargaro said. "For the first five laps I was slow ‰ÛÒ maybe the tyres or the full fuel tank ‰ÛÒ while Taka was pushing so hard and took a two second gap. So I had to recover and close the gap. After ten or 12 laps I felt more comfortable with less fuel and the rear tyre a bit used. It wasn‰Ûªt easy but it was enough to win.‰Û

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