2011 Catalunya Moto2 Review

2011 Moto2 Results

Pole position starter and championship leader Stefan Bradl took a dominating third win of the season in the Moto2 race at Catalunya Sunday, giving him a 43-point lead in the standings.

The young Marc Marquez steadily made his way through the field at his home track to finish second, and Aleix Espargaro (Pons HP 40) who started from the front row for only the second time in his career, produced his first podium finish of his GP career with a third place. Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) finished in fourth.

A sunny start saw the German Bradl leading the field, pursued by Aleix Espargaro of the Pons HP 40 team off the start. Fellow Spaniard Julián Simon overtook Espargaro with 11 laps to go, but a determined Espargaró was in top form in front of his home crowd, and put up a fight and took back the Moto2 position.

Dominique Aegerter of Technomag-CIP lowsided with eight laps to go, and team mate Kenan Sofuoglu was involved in a spectacular crash that took out Julián Simón three quarters into the race.

Sofuoglu appeared to have made contact with the rear wheel of Simón, sending the Spanish rider into a highside and taking him out of the race. Simón sustained a fractured right tibia and fibula in the crash. Following the Moto2 crash incident it was confirmed that a hearing organised by Race Direction will be held this Thursday (June 9th).

Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) crashed out along with last year’s Catalunya race winner Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) with 18 laps to go. Bradley Smith (Tech 3) managed to avoid being collected in the crash, but later ran off in the last lap to finish the race in 19th.

The battle for fifth was close, with Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing Moto2) finally nabbing the spot, just in front of Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) in sixth and Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) in seventh. Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) followed in eighth, in front of Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX). German rider Max Neukirchner (MZ Racing) completed the top ten.

The close racing produced several more non-finishers, including Axel Pons (Pons HP 40), American rider Kenny Noyes (Avintia-STX), Javier Forés (Mapfre Aspar), Mike di Meglio (Tech 3) and Robertino Pietri (Italtrans Racing). Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda Singha-SAG) did not start after crashing in the morning warm up session.

2011 Catalunya Moto2: Results

12565Stefan BRADLGERViessmann Kiefer RacingKalex156.641’38.888
22093Marc MARQUEZSPATeam CatalunyaCaixa RepsolSuter156.4+4.141
31640Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPons HP 40Pons Kalex156.1+8.409
4133Simone CORSIITAIoda Racing ProjectFTR156.0+10.331
5114Randy KRUMMENACHERSWIGP Team Switzerland Kiefer RacingKalex155.9+11.661
61015Alex DE ANGELISRSMJIR Moto2Motobi155.9+12.383
7934Esteve RABATSPABlusens-STXFTR155.8+12.602
8836Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter155.8+13.467
9768Yonny HERNANDEZCOLBlusens-STXFTR155.6+16.612
10676Max NEUKIRCHNERGERMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda155.6+16.735
11545Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter155.6+17.031
12451Michele PIRROITAGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki155.5+18.460
13325Alex BALDOLINIITANGM Forward RacingSuter155.2+22.933
14219Xavier SIMEONBELTech 3 BTech 3155.2+23.416
15129Andrea IANNONEITASpeed MasterSuter155.2+23.449
16 44Pol ESPARGAROSPAHP Tuenti Speed UpFTR155.1+24.070
17 71Claudio CORTIITAItaltrans Racing TeamSuter155.1+24.111
18 31Carmelo MORALESSPADesguaces La Torre G22Moriwaki155.1+25.351
19 38Bradley SMITHGBRTech 3 RacingTech 3154.8+29.249
20 53Valentin DEBISEFRASpeed UpFTR154.5+35.077
21 64Santiago HERNANDEZCOLSAG TeamFTR154.1+41.666
22 13Anthony WESTAUSMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda153.4+52.103
23 16Jules CLUZELFRANGM Forward RacingSuter152.8+1’02.492
24 49Kev COGHLANGBRAeroport de CastelloFTR152.0+1’16.294
Not Classified
  80Axel PONSSPAPons HP 40Pons Kalex155.75 Laps
  60Julian SIMONSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter156.68 Laps
  54Kenan SOFUOGLUTURTechnomag-CIPSuter156.58 Laps
  77Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag-CIPSuter156.58 Laps
  21Javier FORESSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter146.412 Laps
  75Mattia PASINIITAIoda Racing ProjectFTR153.816 Laps
  12Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Paddock Moto2Suter155.518 Laps
  72Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki155.418 Laps
  63Mike DI MEGLIOFRATech 3 RacingTech 3153.818 Laps
  39Robertino PIETRIVENItaltrans Racing TeamSuter151.120 Laps
  95Mashel AL NAIMIQATQMMF Racing TeamMoriwaki138.721 Laps
  9Kenny NOYESUSAAvintia-STXFTR 0 Lap