2012 Indy Moto2 | Results

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2012 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

At the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix it was Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez who recorded a dominant win in the Moto2 race in front of Pol Espargaró and Julian Simón to extend his championship lead.

Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone took the holeshot ahead of Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró and Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter. And it was Aegerter who was fastest in the early laps as he took and held the lead. Márquez, who did not have a good start made his way aggressively past Iannone and Espargaró in the first two laps to hunt down the Swiss rider, whom he overtook with 23 laps left down the home straight.

With 22 laps reaming, Espargaró, who had dropped down the order, went past Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón, as he looked to claw back space on Márquez at the front. Two laps later Iannone and Espargaró both went past Aegerter, who looked to be slowing, down the home straight. And it was the Spaniard who was soon finding the pace he displayed all weekend as he went past the Italian to take second. Simón took advantage of this to slip into third. On the same lap it was disappointment for QMMF Racing Team’s Elena Rosell, as she crashed out of the race. In the meantime, Iannone looked to be slowing, as he was also passed by Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio and Aegerter. With 15 laps remaining S/Master Speed Up’s Alessandro Andreozzi crashed out of the race, though fortunately walked away unscathed.

With 11 laps left, Márquez had pulled out of gap of over six seconds, whilst Iannone had been handed down to tenth. Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi was however starting to find some form as he battled with Kallio for fourth. On the same lap, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Yuki Takahashi was forced to pit for a new front tyre. Four laps on, Tech 3 Racing’s Xavier Siméon slid into NGM’s Alex de Angelis, taking both out of the race. Six laps before the end, Aegerter’s teammate Roberto Rolfo also had his race ended with a tyre issue and pain in his recently operated knee.

In the final few laps, the Moto2 front runners had spread out significantly, with Márquez keeping his nerve after a faultless ride to extend his championship lead with an emphatic victory, ahead of Espargaró in second and Simón in third. Márquez now holds a 39-point over Espargaró in the championship, while Simón recorded his firs podium since Portugal 2011. Mika Kallio won the battle for fourth, ahead of Lüthi, Marc VDS’ Scott Redding, Aegerter, Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi, Iannone and Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti.

2012 Indy Moto2 Results:

1.2593Marc MARQUEZSPATeam CatalunyaCaixa RepsolSuter145.445’13.763
2.2040Pol ESPARGAROSPAPons 40 HP TuentiKalex145.1+5.855
3.1660Julian SIMONSPABlusens AvintiaSuter144.9+9.394
4.1336Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex144.6+15.549
5.1112Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten-PaddockSuter144.6+16.138
6.1045Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex144.5+16.805
7.977Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag-CIPSuter144.3+21.359
8.83Simone CORSIITACame IodaRacing ProjectFTR144.3+21.368
9.729Andrea IANNONEITASpeed MasterSpeed Up144.0+25.873
10.671Claudio CORTIITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex144.0+26.471
11.580Esteve RABATSPAPons 40 HP TuentiKalex144.0+26.916
12.45Johann ZARCOFRAJIR Moto2Motobi144.0+27.274
13.318Nicolas TEROLSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter143.8+31.122
14.295Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up143.5+35.701
15.188Ricard CARDUSSPAArguiñano Racing TeamAJR143.5+35.928
16.38Bradley SMITHGBRTech 3 RacingTech 3143.3+39.240
17.30Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex143.2+42.507
18.4Randy KRUMMENACHERSWIGP Team SwitzerlandKalex143.0+45.629
19.81Jordi TORRESSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter143.0+45.753
20.8Gino REAGBRFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter142.7+51.567
21.76Max NEUKIRCHNERGERKiefer RacingKalex142.7+52.106
22.49Axel PONSSPAPons 40 HP TuentiKalex142.5+56.150
23.23Marcel SCHROTTERGERDesguaces La Torre SAGBimota141.7+1’11.069
24.14Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2Suter141.7+1’11.765
25.63Mike DI MEGLIOFRAMZ RacingMZ-RE Honda141.2+1’20.042
26.57Eric GRANADOBRAJIR Moto2Motobi140.1+1’42.924
27.10Marco COLANDREASWISAG TeamFTR140.1+1’43.184
28.72Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR125.73 Laps
Not Classified
44Roberto ROLFOITATechnomag-CIPSuter140.46 Laps
19Xavier SIMEONBELTech 3 RacingTech 3143.39 Laps
15Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR143.39 Laps
22Alessandro ANDREOZZIITAS/Master Speed UpSpeed Up140.816 Laps
82Elena ROSELLSPAQMMF Racing TeamMoriwaki137.719 Laps

2012 Moto2 Championship Point Standings:

1.Marc MARQUEZSuterSPA188
3.Andrea IANNONESpeed UpITA136
4.Thomas LUTHISuterSWI134
5.Scott REDDINGKalexGBR106
6.Mika KALLIOKalexFIN90
7.Bradley SMITHTech 3GBR69
8.Claudio CORTIKalexITA65
9.Dominique AEGERTERSuterSWI61
10.Esteve RABATKalexSPA56
11.Johann ZARCOMotobiFRA51
14.Takaaki NAKAGAMIKalexJPN36
15.Toni ELIASSuterSPA34
16.Julian SIMONSuterSPA33
18.Xavier SIMEONTech 3BEL17
19.Anthony WESTSpeed UpAUS11
20.Nicolas TEROLSuterSPA11
21.Mike DI MEGLIOSpeed UpFRA10
23.Ratthapark WILAIROTSuterTHA8
25.Gino REAMoriwakiGBR1

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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).