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2012 Moto2 Championship

As the Moto2 contingent descends on the Iveco TT Assen for this weekend’s Saturday race, it is Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez who leads the championship standings ahead of Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró and Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi.

Márquez has fond memories of the Dutch circuit, as he took only his second ever win in the Moto2TM championship at the track, setting off his charge to second in the championship last year. Espargaró and Lüthi will he hoping for a reversal in fortunes, as the Spaniard crashed out of last year’s race, whilst the Swiss rider finished in eighth. Espargaró will be the man to watch after his dominant display at Silverstone last time out.

Having closed the deficit to the top somewhat with two spirited rides in the last few rounds, Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone will be hoping to mix it up at the front once more, like he did in 2010 where he won the race. He will undoubtedly be pursued by Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding, who arrives at Assen fresh from his podium at his home round at Silverstone.

His teammate Mika Kallio will be looking to get the better of the Brit this time out, but will face a stiff challenge from Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti, and Tech 3 Racing Team’s Bradley Smith, who showed much promise on his Mistral 610 in Silverstone.

After a string of difficult results, Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi is showing promise on board his FTR machine, and will no doubt be hoping to get his first podium of the season, while Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabat will look to find some of the form his charging teammate is currently displaying, on the eve of his 100th Grand Prix start.

2012 Moto2 Standings (After six of 18 rounds):

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Marc MARQUEZ Suter SPA 102
2. Pol ESPARGARO Kalex SPA 96
3. Thomas LUTHI Suter SWI 96
4. Andrea IANNONE Speed Up ITA 84
5. Scott REDDING Kalex GBR 70
6. Mika KALLIO Kalex FIN 46
7. Claudio CORTI Kalex ITA 45
8. Bradley SMITH Tech 3 GBR 37
9. Esteve RABAT Kalex SPA 34
10. Simone CORSI FTR ITA 30
11. Dominique AEGERTER Suter SWI 29
12. Johann ZARCO Motobi FRA 28
13. Toni ELIAS Suter SPA 27
14. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex JPN 23
15. Alex DE ANGELIS Suter RSM 21
16. Randy KRUMMENACHER Kalex SWI 15
17. Julian SIMON Suter SPA 12
18. Anthony WEST Moriwaki AUS 9
19. Mike DI MEGLIO Speed Up FRA 9
21. Ratthapark WILAIROT Suter THA 8
22. Xavier SIMEON Tech 3 BEL 6
23. Nicolas TEROL Suter SPA 3
24. Ricard CARDUS AJR SPA 1
25. Gino REA Moriwaki GBR 1

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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