Following some tight battles in the bwin Grand Prix of the Czech Republic at Brno, Mark VDS Racing Team's Mika Kallio took his first-ever win in the Moto2 class.
The Finn shared the podium with Takaaki Nakagami and Tom Luthi, as championship leader Scott Redding limited the points-loss by finishing four places behind Pol Espargaro.
Before the start of the 20-lap encounter at Brno the worry was a threat of rain, but the race would eventually not be affected by any showers. Kallio started fourth for the Marc VDS Racing Team, as the grid was headed up by Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team). As the former moved up to second at the start, all were away cleanly with the exception of Nakagami’s teammate Julian Simon who crashed at the first corner.
The race would prove to be one of two major focal points. The first was a titanic contest for the lead, which was shared over the distance by Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi and Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol, as well as Nakagami and Kallio. The top spot first became Kallio’s on the fourth lap, but perhaps the most crucial moment of all was when he extended the lead to half a second as the chasing group fought furiously on the final tour. This would prove to be Kallio’s first victory since he won the 250 race at Donington Park five years ago.
The other obvious battle of the day was that of the title pretenders, as Espargaro (Tuenti HP 40) and Redding (Kallio’s teammate at Marc VDS Racing Team) duelled with each other on-track, somewhat surprisingly as the Spaniard had started on the front row whereas the Englishman – who was yet to score at Brno in Moto2 – was coming from 13th on the grid after struggling in qualifying. Redding grabbed fifth place from his rival on Lap 9 but, having escaped a tap from Espargaro, would soon feel the wrath of others and ultimately sank to eighth whereas his chief opponent forcefully took fourth from Came IodaRacing Project’s Johann Zarco on the last lap.
As Kallio beat Nakagami to a first Moto2 win and Luthi picked up his second rostrum placing of the season, Espargaro and Zarco completed the top five from Terol, Indianapolis winner Tito Rabat (Tuenti HP 40) and Redding. Eight riders failed to finish, including reigning Moto3 World Champion Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) who – after starting fifth on the grid – suffered a crash at Turn 1 and will now require surgery to attend to a fractured right ulna.
With five laps to go, there was a three-way collision at Turn 3 triggered by the out-of-control Mike di Meglio (JiR Moto2), who was collected by Alberto Moncayo (Argiñano & Gines Racing) as Marcel Schrotter (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team) also crashed out of proceedings. It was later confirmed that di Meglio had sustained a fractured sacrum in the lower back.
Sunday’s result sees Espargaro close in on championship leader Redding by five points, bringing the leading gap down to 21 with seven races remaining in the 2013 season; winner Kallio jumps up one championship position, to fourth overall.
2013 Brno Moto2 Results:
|1||25||36||Mika KALLIO||FIN||Marc VDS Racing Team||Kalex||157.3||41'11.785|
|2||20||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||Italtrans Racing Team||Kalex||157.3||+0.590|
|3||16||12||Thomas LUTHI||SWI||Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing||Suter||157.3||+0.799|
|4||13||40||Pol ESPARGARO||SPA||Tuenti HP 40||Kalex||157.3||+0.965|
|5||11||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Came Iodaracing Project||Suter||157.3||+1.100|
|6||10||18||Nicolas TEROL||SPA||Aspar Team Moto2||Suter||157.2||+1.539|
|7||9||80||Esteve RABAT||SPA||Tuenti HP 40||Kalex||157.2||+2.496|
|8||8||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||Marc VDS Racing Team||Kalex||157.0||+4.490|
|9||7||3||Simone CORSI||ITA||NGM Mobile Racing||Speed Up||157.0||+5.777|
|10||6||81||Jordi TORRES||SPA||Aspar Team Moto2||Suter||157.0||+5.796|
|11||5||19||Xavier SIMEON||BEL||Maptaq SAG Zelos Team||Kalex||156.8||+8.641|
|12||4||52||Danny KENT||GBR||Tech 3||Tech 3||156.5||+12.425|
|13||3||77||Dominique AEGERTER||SWI||Technomag carXpert||Suter||156.5||+12.490|
|14||2||54||Mattia PASINI||ITA||NGM Mobile Racing||Speed Up||156.2||+18.597|
|15||1||24||Toni ELIAS||SPA||Blusens Avintia||Kalex||155.8||+24.427|
|16||4||Randy KRUMMENACHER||SWI||Technomag carXpert||Suter||155.8||+24.497|
|17||95||Anthony WEST||AUS||QMMF Racing Team||Speed Up||155.8||+24.867|
|18||72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||JPN||IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia||Moriwaki||155.5||+29.530|
|19||88||Ricard CARDUS||SPA||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||Speed Up||155.5||+29.619|
|20||96||Louis ROSSI||FRA||Tech 3||Tech 3||155.1||+35.853|
|21||49||Axel PONS||SPA||Tuenti HP 40||Kalex||154.9||+39.607|
|22||27||Dani RIVAS||SPA||Blusens Avintia||Kalex||154.3||+49.056|
|23||99||Lucas MAHIAS||FRA||Promoto Sport||Transfiormers||154.1||+52.616|
|24||7||Doni Tata PRADITA||INA||Federal Oil Gresini Moto2||Suter||153.7||+59.011|
|25||10||Thitipong WAROKORN||THA||Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2||Suter||151.5||+1'35.752|
|26||97||Rafid Topan SUCIPTO||INA||QMMF Racing Team||Speed Up||151.4||+1'36.434|
|11||Sandro CORTESE||GER||Dynavolt Intact GP||Kalex||156.9||2 Laps|
|63||Mike DI MEGLIO||FRA||JiR Moto2||Motobi||155.6||5 Laps|
|23||Marcel SCHROTTER||GER||Maptaq SAG Zelos Team||Kalex||155.6||5 Laps|
|17||Alberto MONCAYO||SPA||Argiñano & Gines Racing||Speed Up||155.6||5 Laps|
|15||Alex DE ANGELIS||RSM||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||Speed Up||155.6||6 Laps|
|44||Steven ODENDAAL||RSA||Argiñano & Gines Racing||Speed Up||155.0||8 Laps|
|8||Gino REA||GBR||Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing||FTR||153.4||14 Laps|
|60||Julian SIMON||SPA||Italtrans Racing Team||Kalex||139.4||16 Laps|
2013 Moto2 Championship Point Standings:
|10||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||ITA||67|
|13||Alex DE ANGELIS||Speed Up||RSM||43|
|15||Anthony WEST||Speed Up||AUS||34|
|16||Mattia PASINI||Speed Up||ITA||25|
|20||Mike DI MEGLIO||Motobi||FRA||18|
|21||Danny KENT||Tech 3||GBR||7|
|23||Louis ROSSI||Tech 3||FRA||4|
|25||Ricard CARDUS||Speed Up||SPA||1|