Monday, August 29, 2011

Márquez masters the Brickyard

Second place starter Simone Corsi led the outset of the race, but it was Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider Márquez who took the control of the Moto2 race, making his pass on Italian Ioda Racing Project rider on lap eight and riding unchallenged thereafter. The Moto2 rookie now stands just 28 points in the Championship behind his German rival Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing).

Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) and Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) both claimed their first podiums in the Moto2 class following a half race chase for second, with 20 year old Espargaró riding across the finish in front of his fellow countryman in second position.

Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) took fourth position, with fellow Brit Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) behind him in fifth after making his way from 11th on the grid into sixth in the first four laps, then briefly leading in front of Smith on lap 14 of the race.

Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) skillfully made his way through the field after starting from the 22nd position to take sixth, holding onto his Championship lead. Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) followed in seventh, with Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project), Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) and Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) completing the top ten finishers.

The hot track temperatures proved detrimental to some, with tires deteriorating and slowing riders like Corsi, who ended the race in fourteenth, and fellow front row starter Andrea Iannone (Speed Master), who had maintained second until beginning to drop back with 12 laps to go, ending the race in eleventh.

American rider Kenny Noyes (Avintia-STX) had an early crash and was unable to rejoin the race, while fellow countrymen JD Beach (Aeroport de Castello) finished 29th and wildcard Jake Gagne (GPTech) finished in 31st.

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