Motegi Moto2: Results & Quotes

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Motegi Moto2 Results

Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) continued to strengthen his championship position with his seventh win of the season, and fifth in the last six races.

The veteran led from the start, with Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter) the only rider capable of matching his pace. The Spaniards quickly separated from the 40-rider field to make the race their own. There was little between them.

Simon kept the lead of Elias under half a second for almost the entire race. On the 17th lap it went to .596s, but came down on the next lap. And for the final six laps Simon pressured, but Elias never put a wheel wrong and sped across the line with a winning margin of .315s.

The race for third was equally spirited, with Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing, FTR) passing Alex de Angelis (JIR Moto2, Motobi) on the final lap to take his first ever grand prix podium.

Elias stretched his championship lead over Simon to 71 points, 249 to 168, with four races to run. Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up) had an off day finishing 13th after running off the track. He remains third in points with 147.

There was no rest for the teams, as they had to quickly pack for next weekend’s race in Sepang, Malaysia, followed a week later by the Australian Grand Prix at Philip Island.

MOTO2 RIDER QUOTES

Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) says: “I am really happy with this win, which moves us closer to the title. We have worked well all weekend and it was an important victory for me because I wanted to dedicate it to Tomizawa. I would have liked to have done it at Aragon but maybe winning Shoya’s home race for him is an even bigger tribute. I took control of the race pretty early but Simon didn’t make life easy for me. In the end I managed to hold him off and I’m really pleased. I am also happy to have won for Moriwaki at their home circuit. It has been a great day.”

Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter)says: “I think that we worked very well all weekend in practice and today in the race. We have learnt a lot about the bike and have found out what we need to go a bit faster. I’m happy, because we are progressing well, have four consecutive podiums under our belts and have been close to a win.”

“I tried to stop Toni (Elias) escaping, keeping close to his tail, but there was no clear chance to overtake him. Let’s say that we were riding very similarly in a lot of sections, but that the equality of the engines made it too tough to overtake. On the last lap I was pushing more in order to sneak past, but I made a mistake and he got just far enough ahead. I am happy with the result and with our work, as this result spurs me on for Malaysia.”

Karel Abraham (Cardian AB Motoracing, FTR) says: “Thank you. It definitely feels great to be here, to be third, to be finally on the podium. Even on the last lap I wasn’t sure if I could make it. I tried and it worked.”

Pole position : 1m53.008s (152.941Km/h) Julian Simon, Mapfre Aspar Team
Fastest lap : Lap 6 – 1m53.653s (152.073Km/h) Julian Simon, Mapfre Aspar Team
Circuit record lap : 1m53.653s (152.073Km/h) Julian Simon, Mapfre Aspar Team
Circuit Best Lap : 1m53.008s (152.941Km/h) Julian Simon, Mapfre Aspar Team

Moto2 Event results – Round 13

1. Toni Elias 43m50.930s SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
2. Julian Simon +0.315s SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
3. Karel Abraham +9.839s CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
4. Alex De Angelis +10.178s SMR HONDA JiR Moto2
5. Scott Redding +11.237s GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
6. Yuki Takahashi +12.778s JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing
7. Stefan Bradl +17.284s GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing
8. Thomas Luthi +17.892s SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
9. Roberto Rolfo +19.235s ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
10. Alex Debon +19.568s SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo
11. Simone Corsi +22.713s ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
12. Dominique Aegerter +23.417s SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
13. Andrea Iannone +25.847s ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
14. Claudio Corti +27.528s ITA HONDA Forward Racing
15. Raffaele De Rosa +28.696s ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
16. Jules Cluzel +29.629s FRA HONDA Forward Racing
17. Sergio Gadea +34.072s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
18. Mike De Meglio +37.087s FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
19. Axel Pons +40.460s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
20. Michael Ranseder +40.653s AUT HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
21. Gabor Talmacsi +40.855s HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
22. Kenny Noyes +42.287s USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
23. Anthony West +44.814s AUS HONDA MZ Racing
24. Ratthapark Wilairot +46.745s THA HONDA Thai – Honda PTT Singha SAG Team
25. Kazuki Watanabe +49.749s JPN HONDA Racing Team Germany
26. Valentin Debise +49.964s FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
27. Ricard Cardus +1m14.349s SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
28. Mashel Al Naimi +1m15.823s QAT HONDA Blusens-STX
29. Yannick Guerra +1m16.189s SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
30. Hector Faubel +1m21.900s SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
31. Robertino Pietri +1m26.024s VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
32. Vladimir Ivanov +1m27.673s RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
33. Ferruccio Lamborghini +1m41.644s ITA HONDA Forward Racing
34. Kouki Takahashi +1m45.570s JPN HONDA Burning Blood RT
35. Joan Olive NC – 2 Laps SPA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
36. Alex Baldolini NC – 2 Laps ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
37. Yonny Hernandez NC – 3 Laps COL HONDA Blusens-STX
38. Hiromichi Kunikawa NC – 12 Laps JPN HONDA Bimota – M Racing
39. Fonsi Nieto NC – 20 Laps SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym

Moto2 Championship Standings

1. Toni Elias 249 pts SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
2. Julian Simon 168 pts SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
3. Andrea Iannone 147 pts ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
4. Thomas Luthi 138 pts SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
5. Simone Corsi 113 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
6. Gabor Talmacsi 95 pts HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
7. Jules Cluzel 94 pts FRA HONDA Forward Racing
8. Yuki Takahashi 86 pts JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing
9. Shoya Tomizawa 82 pts JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP
10. Sergio Gadea 59 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
11. Scott Redding 58 pts GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
12. Stefan Bradl 52 pts GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing
13. Alex Debon 52 pts SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo
14. Roberto Rolfo 50 pts ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
15. Karel Abraham 49 pts CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
16. Dominique Aegerter 49 pts SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
17. Fonsi Nieto 41 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
18. Ratthapark Wilairot 30 pts THA HONDA Thai – Honda PTT Singha SAG Team
19. Yonny Hernandez 27 pts COL HONDA Blusens-STX
20. Mike De Meglio 24 pts FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
21. Alex De Angelis 24 pts SMR HONDA JiR Moto2
22. Kenny Noyes 18 pts USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
23. Claudio Corti 18 pts ITA HONDA Forward Racing
24. Anthony West 17 pts AUS HONDA MZ Racing
25. Alex Baldolini 14 pts ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
26. Mattia Pasini 12 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
27. Xavier Simeon 9 pts BEL HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
28. Damian Cudlin 9 pts AUS HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
29. Hector Faubel 8 pts SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
30. Jason Di Salvo 7 pts USA HONDA GP Tech
31. Raffaele De Rosa 5 pts ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
32. Lukas Pesek 5 pts CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
33. Vladimir Ivanov 2 pts RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
34. Michele Pirro 2 pts ITA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
35. Michael Ranseder 2 pts AUT HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
36. Axel Pons 2 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
37. Arne Tode 2 pts GER HONDA Racing Team Germany
38. Yusuke Teshima 1 pts JPN HONDA JiR Moto2
39. Yannick Guerra 0 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
40. Vladimir Leonov 0 pts RUS HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
41. Valentin Debise 0 pts FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
42. Tatsuya Yamaguchi 0 pts Japanese HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
43. Sascha Hommel 0 pts GER HONDA MGM Racing Performance MC
44. Santiago Hernandez 0 pts COL HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
45. Roman Ramos 0 pts SPA MIR MIR Racing
46. Roger Lee Hayden 0 pts USA HONDA American Honda
47. Robertino Pietri 0 pts VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
48. Ricard Cardus 0 pts SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
49. Patrik Vostarek 0 pts CZE HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
50. Niccolo Canepa 0 pts ITA HONDA Bimota – M Racing
51. Mashel Al Naimi 0 pts QAT HONDA Blusens-STX
52. Kouki Takahashi 0 pts JPN HONDA Burning Blood RT
53. Kev Coghlan 0 pts SCO HONDA Monlan Joey Darcey Team
54. Kazuki Watanabe 0 pts JPN HONDA Racing Team Germany
55. Joan Olive 0 pts SPA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
56. Ivan Moreno 0 pts SPA HONDA Andalucia Cajasol
57. Hiromichi Kunikawa 0 pts JPN HONDA Bimota – M Racing
58. Ferruccio Lamborghini 0 pts ITA HONDA Forward Racing
59. Carmelo Morales 0 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
60. Bernat Martinez 0 pts SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
61. Anthony Delhalle 0 pts FRA HONDA Qatar Endurance Racing Team
62. Amadeo Llados 0 pts SPA HONDA Llados Racing Team