Motegi Moto2: Results & Quotes

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

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