News 2012 Qatar Moto2 | Results

2012 Qatar Moto2 | Results

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2012 Moto2 Championship

In the Moto2 season opener at Losail International Circuit, Qatar, Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) beat Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) to victory by just 0.061 of a second, as the intermediate class put on an absorbing 20-lap encounter.

Following a race-long battle for the lead which involved up to seven riders at one point, Márquez and Iannone came out of the last corner on the final lap neck-and-neck, with the Spaniard winning out in the sprint for the checkered flag by the slimmest of margins.

After being enveloped in a tight group of riders scrapping for first position, the two eventually finished over a second clear of the remainder of the chasing pack.

Completing the podium after being involved in the fight for victory for the most part Pol Espargaró (Pons 40 HP Tuenti), who at one stage had led, crossed in third after spending the closing stages of the race locked in combat with his team-mate Esteve Rabat who finished fourth.

Crossing the finish line in fifth position was Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock), who had started from pole position and who spent the entire race in the leading group. The Swiss rider’s challenge for victory ended going into the final lap however, when he ran wide at Turn 1 as he and Márquez went head-to-head.

Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) rode a strong final few laps to take sixth position from 13th on the starting grid, and he finished just 0.026s ahead Frenchman Mike di Meglio (S/Master Speed Up). Simone Corsi (Came Iodaracing Project) had played his part in the show at the front during the race and eventually ended eighth, with Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) completing the top 10.

Riders also leaving Round 1 with points on the board included Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland), Moto2 rookie Johann Zarco (JiR Moto2), returning 2010 Champion Toni Elías (Mapfre Aspar Team), Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team) and Julián Simón (Blusens Avintia), who all finished inside the top 15.

2012 Qatar Moto2 Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 159.1 40’34.225
2. 20 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 159.1 +0.061
3. 16 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 159.0 +1.412
4. 13 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 159.0 +1.639
5. 11 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 158.9 +3.981
6. 10 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 158.7 +6.768
7. 9 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 158.7 +6.794
8. 8 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 158.7 +6.986
9. 7 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 158.4 +10.828
10. 6 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 158.4 +11.379
11. 5 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 158.3 +12.750
12. 4 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 158.2 +14.121
13. 3 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 158.0 +17.634
14. 2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 158.0 +17.875
15. 1 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia FTR 158.0 +17.894
16. 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 157.9 +19.014
17. 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 157.9 +19.114
18. 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 157.3 +28.802
19. 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 156.8 +36.598
20. 47 Angel RODRIGUEZ SPA Desguaces La Torre SAG FTR 156.8 +36.738
21. 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 Moriwaki 156.7 +37.147
22. 49 Axel PONS SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 156.7 +37.443
23. 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 156.6 +39.523
24. 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 156.2 +45.260
25. 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 155.7 +53.786
26. 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Moriwaki 155.7 +54.008
27. 10 Marco COLANDREA SWI SAG Team FTR 154.1 +1’19.054
28. 7 Alexander LUNDH SWE Cresto Guide MZ Racing MZ FTR 154.1 +1’19.071
29. 82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 153.1 +1’35.150
30. 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Kiefer Racing Kalex 150.3 1 Lap
Not Classified
15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 158.4 2 Laps
96 Nasser Hasan AL MALKI QAT QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 151.0 10 Laps
44 Roberto ROLFO ITA Technomag-CIP Suter 85.3 17 Laps

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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