2012 Jerez Moto2 | Results


2012 Moto2 Championship

Spanish youngster Pol Espargaró took his maiden Moto2 victory in front of his home crowd at the Gran Premio bwin de España at Jerez Sunday in a thrilling Moto2 race that was cut short by rain.

The Pons 40 HP Tuenti rider led the race early on, yet was soon entangled in the usual Moto2TM first lap melee. Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol´s Marc Marquez, Interwetten-Paddock´s Tom Lüthi and Marc VDS´ Scott Redding were not giving each other any room, as they swapped positions throughout the race.

It was a tough fight to the end, which saw Redding´s teammate Mika Kallio run onto the gravel from fifth, and GP Team Switzerland´s Randy Krummenacher and S/Master Speed Up´s Mike Di Meglio both crash out simultaneously while chasing the front pack.

With 11 laps left it started to rain, causing riders to push for front positions in case of a red flag. As the riders pushed harder and harder as conditions worsened, Márquez tried to pull out a lead, yet was overtaken by old 125cc foe Espargaró on lap 16. Márquez once again pushed past Espargaró, yet it was too late, as the red flag came out shortly after.

With regulations stating that the person who led the last full lap (17 in this case) wins, provided that over 2/3rd of the race distance has been covered, it was Espargaró who took the win ahead of Marquez in second and Lüthi in third, in what was once again a breathtaking Moto2TM encounter.

The top ten were rounded out by Scott Redding, Italtrans Racing Team´s Takaaki Nakagami, team mate Claudio Corti, Mika Kallio, Technomag-CIP´s Dominique Aegerter, Mapfre Aspar Team´s Toni Elias and JiR Moto2´s Johann Zarco.

QMMF Racing Team rider Elena Rosell crashed out of her home race, as she continues to struggle with the Moriwaki bike. Pons 40 HP Tuenti´s Esteve Rabat suffered a fall towards the latter stages and returned to the pits, before heading back out on track and finishing 28.

2012 Jerez Moto2 Results:

1.2540Pol ESPARGAROSPAPons 40 HP TuentiKalex149.330’12.879
2.2093Marc MARQUEZSPATeam CatalunyaCaixa RepsolSuter149.3+0.241
3.1612Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten-PaddockSuter149.3+0.483
4.1345Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex149.0+4.414
5.1130Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex148.9+4.837
6.1071Claudio CORTIITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex148.8+5.881
7.936Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex148.8+6.149
8.877Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag-CIPSuter148.7+7.097
9.724Toni ELIASSPAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter148.7+7.866
10.65Johann ZARCOFRAJIR Moto2Motobi148.6+8.680
11.538Bradley SMITHGBRTech 3 RacingTech 3148.5+9.382
12.415Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter148.5+9.768
13.319Xavier SIMEONBELTech 3 RacingTech 3148.5+10.433
14.229Andrea IANNONEITASpeed MasterSpeed Up146.8+31.366
15.18Gino REAGBRFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Moriwaki146.8+31.504
16.95Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamMoriwaki146.6+34.172
17.3Simone CORSIITACame IodaRacing ProjectFTR146.5+34.450
18.49Axel PONSSPAPons 40 HP TuentiKalex146.4+36.410
19.88Ricard CARDUSSPAArguiñano Racing TeamAJR146.3+36.803
20.47Angel RODRIGUEZSPADesguaces La Torre SAGFTR146.3+37.449
21.72Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNNGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter146.1+39.465
22.4Randy KRUMMENACHERSWIGP Team SwitzerlandKalex145.6+45.782
23.60Julian SIMONSPABlusens AvintiaSuter145.6+46.163
24.7Alexander LUNDHSWECresto Guide MZ RacingMZ-RE Honda145.6+46.251
25.44Roberto ROLFOITATechnomag-CIPSuter144.6+59.593
26.14Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda Gresini Moto2Moriwaki144.5+59.987
27.18Nicolas TEROLSPAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter144.5+1’01.010
28.80Esteve RABATSPAPons 40 HP TuentiKalex140.31 Lap
Not Classified
76Max NEUKIRCHNERGERKiefer RacingKalex146.95 Laps
63Mike DI MEGLIOFRAS/Master Speed UpSpeed Up147.79 Laps
10Marco COLANDREASWISAG TeamFTR139.411 Laps
82Elena ROSELLSPAQMMF Racing TeamMoriwaki138.813 Laps

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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 Editor at Large 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).