2012 Le Mans Moto2 | Results

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2012 Moto2 Championship

Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi put in a tremendous ride to take his season-first victory at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France in Le Mans amid difficult conditions in a dramatic Moto2 race.

Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró got the best start as he stormed into the lead along with Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding.

The first chicane proved difficult as Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi was bucked off his bike, with the trio of NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Yuki Takahashi, GP Team Switzerland’s Randy Krummenacher and S/Master Speed Up’s Mike Di Meglio taking each other out a few corners later.

Espargaró was trying to pull away at the front, but Lüthi and Redding were closely on his heels, with Tech 3 Racing’s Bradley Smith and Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Gino Rea in tow.

Takahashi’s teammate Alex de Angelis survived a scare as he slid back onto the track after coming off his bike, with the Moto2 pack doing tremendously well to avoid the rider.

Just as Rea looked to making headway, JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco went up the inside, clipping the Brit’s front wheel, and sending him into the gravel, putting an end to his first race on the new Suter chassis. Meanwhile, Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti joined the front five, with Speed Master compatriot Andrea Iannone surging up the field as well.

With 17 laps to go, Espargaró ran wide, handing the lead to Lüthi and dropping into ninth in the process. Smith also had a run off track, but managed to re-join in 14th. Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez, who did not have a terrific start, was fighting his way up to the front five, as he tussled with rain-specialist Zarco.

Drama followed shortly after as the Spanish championship leader went down after loosing control of his bike, and being unable to re-join. This left Zarco to challenge for a podium, and the Frenchman soon pushed past Redding into second, followed by Corti, who put in a bold move on the Brit. With 13 laps to go, Lüthi had pulled out a lead of just over three seconds.

Arguiñano Racing Team’s Ricard Cardús suffered a heavy high-side half way through the race, yet fortunately walked away unscathed. Further down the field, Espargaró was struggling to make up positions, as he was overtaken in eighth place by QMMF Racing Team’s Anthony West, who was showing his usual prowess in the rain.

Di Meglio, who had re-joined the race after his early crash, lost control of his bike once again with nine laps to go, putting an end to his race. He was followed shortly by Corti’s teammate Takaaki Nakagami who had a high-speed crash heading into the back chicane. With six laps left, Zarco had cut the lead to Lüthi to under a second, whilst West went past Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón into sixth. West’s teammate Elena Rosell was not faring as well as the Australian, as she crashed out of the race.

French heartache soon followed, as Zarco lost the back-end of his bike as he continued to push hard in the wet, handing second place to Corti and third to Redding. The main tussle in the pack was for sixth place with Redding’s teammate Kallio, West, Espargaró, Simón and Smith swapping positions in the final few laps. The unpredictability of the race was to continue until the final corner as Smith dropped his bike in the last turn, and Simón having to push his bike across the finish line due to an electrical fault.

It was however Lüthi who put in a stunning ride to take the chequered flag ahead of Corti, who recorded his first ever podium, and Redding in third, recording his first podium for 22 races. Rounding out the top ten were Iannone, Kallio, Espargaró, West, Kiefer Racing’s Max Neukirchner, Thai Honda Gresini’s Ratthapark Wilairot as well as Smith, who managed to salvage a few points.

2012 Le Mans Moto2 Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 130.4 50’02.816
2. 20 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 130.2 +6.354
3. 16 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 129.9 +12.162
4. 13 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 129.7 +16.338
5. 11 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 129.6 +19.278
6. 10 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 129.5 +20.874
7. 9 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 129.5 +21.705
8. 8 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Kiefer Racing Kalex 129.2 +28.117
9. 7 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 128.8 +38.317
10. 6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 128.7 +40.940
11. 5 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 128.6 +44.077
12. 4 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 127.9 +59.583
13. 3 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 127.8 +1’01.785
14. 2 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 127.8 +1’03.430
15. 1 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 127.5 +1’10.341
16. 44 Roberto ROLFO ITA Technomag-CIP Suter 127.0 +1’22.145
17. 49 Axel PONS SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 126.0 +1’46.994
18. 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 123.9 1 Lap
19. 10 Marco COLANDREA SWI SAG Team FTR 120.5 1 Lap
Not Classified
5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 130.3 5 Laps
82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 122.8 8 Laps
30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 128.9 9 Laps
63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 125.3 10 Laps
88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 128.8 13 Laps
93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 119.8 15 Laps
8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 127.8 19 Laps
7 Alexander LUNDH SWE Cresto Guide MZ Racing MZ-RE Honda 119.6 19 Laps
15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 125.7 23 Laps
47 Angel RODRIGUEZ SPA Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 117.9 24 Laps
3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 96.6 24 Laps
4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 76.7 25 Laps

2012 Le Mans Moto2 Point Standings (After four of 18 rounds):

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Pol ESPARGARO Kalex SPA 71
2. Marc MARQUEZ Suter SPA 70
3. Thomas LUTHI Suter SWI 68
4. Andrea IANNONE Speed Up ITA 46
5. Scott REDDING Kalex GBR 44
6. Mika KALLIO Kalex FIN 33
7. Claudio CORTI Kalex ITA 32
8. Bradley SMITH Tech 3 GBR 24
9. Johann ZARCO Motobi FRA 23
10. Toni ELIAS Suter SPA 23
11. Esteve RABAT Kalex SPA 18
12. Alex DE ANGELIS Suter RSM 14
13. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex JPN 13
14. Dominique AEGERTER Suter SWI 13
15. Julian SIMON Suter SPA 12
16. Anthony WEST Moriwaki AUS 9
17. Mike DI MEGLIO Speed Up FRA 9
19. Simone CORSI FTR ITA 8
20. Ratthapark WILAIROT Suter THA 7
21. Xavier SIMEON Tech 3 BEL 6
22. Randy KRUMMENACHER Kalex SWI 5
23. Nicolas TEROL Suter SPA 2
24. Ricard CARDUS AJR SPA 1
25. Gino REA Moriwaki GBR 1