Alex de Angelis took his first victory in the Moto2 class as he led his JiR Moto2 team bike across the finish line ahead of Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) and Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up) in the intermediate category race for the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
The Sammarinese Moto2 rider lined up in pole position and recovered from a start at Phillip Island which saw him drop to fourth position before slowly entering the battle for the lead.
A strong Moto2 finish to the race saw De Angelis win by a margin of 2.172s as he followed up his first podium of the year last time out in Malaysia with a first victory of 2010. It was also his first GP win since his only previous triumph, which came in Valencia in the 250cc class in 2006.
Redding rounded off an impressive Moto2 weekend with his second podium of the year as he rode to second – his best Moto2 result to date.
The 17-year-old Brit showed great determination and maturity to challenge at the front of the race for the most part, eventually placing second having started from the same position on the grid.
In third position Iannone came in a fraction over eight-tenths of a second behind Redding, as he suffered from rear-tire issues towards the end of the Moto2 Phillip Island race, having gone with the softer Dunlop option.
The Italian had also been part of the leading group for the majority of the race, having engaged in a thrilling battle with the two riders who finished ahead of him. It was his seventh podium of the campaign as he moved to within two points of Julián Simón in the fight for second position in the overall standings.
The Mapfre Aspar rider ended the race in fourth position, ahead of Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and team-mate Mike di Meglio, the German equalling his best result of the season so far and the Frenchman recording his highest placement in the category to date.
2010 Moto2 World Champion Toni Elías (Gresini Racing) came out on top in an engrossing contest for seventh position, ahead of Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2), Alex Debón (Aeroport de Castelló-Ajo) and Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) who completed the top ten. Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Racing) had also been involved for much of the race and ended 11th.
2010 Moto2 Results: Phillip Island, Australia
|1.||25||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||RSM||JIR Moto2||Motobi||167.4||39’51.102|
|2.||20||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||Marc VDS Racing Team||Suter||167.3||+2.172|
|3.||16||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Fimmco Speed Up||Speed Up||167.2||+2.974|
|4.||13||60||Julian SIMON||SPA||Mapfre Aspar Team||Suter||166.7||+10.344|
|5.||11||65||Stefan BRADL||GER||Viessmann Kiefer Racing||Suter||166.7||+10.617|
|6.||10||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||FRA||Mapfre Aspar Team||Suter||166.2||+17.847|
|7.||9||24||Toni ELIAS||SPA||Gresini Racing Moto2||Moriwaki||165.5||+27.145|
|8.||8||3||Simone CORSI||ITA||JIR Moto2||Motobi||165.5||+27.249|
|9.||7||6||Alex DEBON||SPA||Aeroport de Castello – Ajo||FTR||165.5||+27.398|
|10.||6||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||FTR||165.5||+27.666|
|11.||5||12||Thomas LUTHI||SWI||Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2||Moriwaki||165.5||+27.677|
|12.||4||10||Fonsi NIETO||SPA||Holiday Gym G22||Moriwaki||165.5||+27.851|
|14.||2||80||Axel PONS||SPA||Tenerife 40 Pons||Pons Kalex||165.5||+28.438|
|15.||1||71||Claudio CORTI||ITA||Forward Racing||Suter||165.4||+28.497|
|16.||35||Raffaele DE ROSA||ITA||Tech 3 Racing||Tech 3||165.2||+32.644|
|17.||72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||JPN||Tech 3 Racing||Tech 3||164.8||+37.671|
|18.||2||Gabor TALMACSI||HUN||Fimmco Speed Up||Speed Up||164.5||+42.933|
|20.||25||Alex BALDOLINI||ITA||Caretta Technology Race Dept||I.C.P.||164.2||+46.164|
|21.||8||Anthony WEST||AUS||MZ Racing Team||MZ-RE Honda||164.2||+46.370|
|22.||14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||THA||Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG||Bimota||163.9||+51.841|
|23.||16||Jules CLUZEL||FRA||Forward Racing||Suter||163.7||+54.114|
|24.||40||Sergio GADEA||SPA||Tenerife 40 Pons||Pons Kalex||163.3||+1’00.729|
|25.||46||Javier FORES||SPA||Maquinza-SAG Team||Bimota||163.0||+1’04.140|
|26.||44||Roberto ROLFO||ITA||Italtrans S.T.R.||Suter||163.0||+1’04.185|
|27.||39||Robertino PIETRI||VEN||Italtrans S.T.R.||Suter||162.7||+1’09.299|
|28.||53||Valentin DEBISE||FRA||WTR San Marino Team||ADV||162.7||+1’09.794|
|29.||61||Vladimir IVANOV||UKR||Gresini Racing Moto2||Moriwaki||162.3||+1’16.060|
|30.||49||Alexander CUDLIN||AUS||Qatar Moto2 Team||BQR-Moto2||162.3||+1’16.195|
|31.||9||Kenny NOYES||USA||Jack & Jones by A.Banderas||Promoharris||161.1||+1’34.156|
|32.||28||Kazuki WATANABE||JPN||Racing Team Germany||Suter||160.0||1 Lap|
|33.||88||Yannick GUERRA||SPA||Holiday Gym G22||Moriwaki||159.4||1 Lap|
|34.||5||Joan OLIVE||SPA||Jack & Jones by A.Banderas||Promoharris||159.3||1 Lap|
|95||Mashel AL NAIMI||QAT||Blusens-STX||BQR-Moto2||156.6||5 Laps|
|56||Michael RANSEDER||AUT||Vector Kiefer Racing||Suter||164.6||7 Laps|
|66||Hiromichi KUNIKAWA||JPN||Bimota – M Racing||Bimota||122.5||15 Laps|
|55||Hector FAUBEL||SPA||Marc VDS Racing Team||Suter||0 Lap|
|47||Wayne MAXWELL||AUS||Matteoni Racing||Moriwaki||0 Lap|