Spoiler Alert: 2012 Moto2 results from Sepang listed below
Just as the MotoGP race, Sunday’s Moto2 at Sepang was plagued by rain, torrential downpours delaying the race a half hour before race direction declared the race a wet one.
The race was later red flagged after 17 laps due to additional downpours. This scenario awarded NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis his maiden-Moto2 win. Joining de Angelis on the podium was Anthony West and Gino Rea
NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis took his maiden-Moto2 win this season in a hugely dramatic and soaking wet Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang, finishing ahead of Anthony West and Gino Rea.
The first corner took its first casualty as Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami dropped his bike out of the lead. A few bends later there was a further crash with JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco and Tech 3 Racing’s Xavier Siméon, also causing Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio to run off track.
The early stages were being led by Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón, De Angelis and Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Gino Rea, with the Brit making terrific headway in the early stages. Nakagami, who had re-mounted, fell once again after colliding with JiR Moto2’s Eric Granado, who later retired. QMMF Racing Team’s Anthony West had fought his way into fourth and Kallio’s teammate Redding was in fifth 17 laps in, as Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi was handed a ride-through penalty for a jump-start.
A lap later, Rea’s teammate Ratthapark Wilairot lost the front of his bike, as Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez held steady in sixth, ahead of his Tuenti Movil HP 40 title rival Pol Espargaró, who was struggling in 12th. The weather added yet another cruel twist, as sun started to dry out the track rapidly, with a dry line forming quickly. Márquez was not taking any risks, and Petronas Raceline Malaysia’s wildcard Hafizh Syahrin soon made his way past, much to the delight of the home fans.
With 13 laps remaining De Angelis was in the lead, yet Rea was having great ride and was putting the pressure on the San Marino rider, as West made his way into third past Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi. A lap later Syahrin was on a mission as he soon powered past West into third, and then skilfully took De Angelis, and then out-braked Rea for first in an amazing trio of overtakes. With nine laps remaining the rain started to fall heavier once more, and Rea began to fight back with Syahrin holding strong, until De Angelis and West also got involved in the battle for first.
There was however huge drama with seven laps remaining as Márquez lost the front of his bike and crashed out of the race, with Espargaró in a strong enough position to take the title fight to the next race. On the same lap there were also crashes for Kiefer Racing’s Mike Di Meglio and Mapfre Aspar Moto2 duo of Nico Terol and Jordi Torres. A lap later, Lüthi also put his bike in the gravel.
With four laps left De Angelis was pulling out a small gap in front with West in tow, but Rea was fighting back venomously as a three-way tussle ensued. This was however cut short as the Red Flag was shown with two laps to go with too much rain falling on the track. Rea was in the lead when the flag was waved, yet the classification was taken from the previous lap, giving De Angelis his maiden win of the season, with West is second and Rea in third, both taking their first-ever Moto2™ podiums.
With Márquez’s title rival Espargaró finishing in 11th place, Márquez was unable to secure his title with only a 48-point lead and will have to try once more in Phillip Island. Fourth place went to Syahrin, ahead of Simón, Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone, Kallio, Smith, Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter and Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabat.
2012 Sepang Moto2 Results:
|1.||25||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||RSM||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||FTR||135.1||36’57.793|
|2.||20||95||Anthony WEST||AUS||QMMF Racing Team||Speed Up||135.0||+0.710|
|3.||16||8||Gino REA||GBR||Federal Oil Gresini Moto2||Suter||135.0||+1.363|
|4.||13||86||Hafizh SYAHRIN||MAL||Petronas Raceline Malaysia||FTR||134.9||+2.941|
|5.||11||60||Julian SIMON||SPA||Blusens Avintia||Suter||134.6||+7.583|
|6.||10||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Speed Master||Speed Up||134.5||+10.062|
|7.||9||36||Mika KALLIO||FIN||Marc VDS Racing Team||Kalex||133.7||+23.078|
|8.||8||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Tech 3 Racing||Tech 3||133.5||+26.957|
|10.||6||80||Esteve RABAT||SPA||Tuenti Movil HP 40||Kalex||133.2||+31.514|
|11.||5||40||Pol ESPARGARO||SPA||Tuenti Movil HP 40||Kalex||133.2||+31.746|
|12.||4||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||Marc VDS Racing Team||Kalex||132.9||+37.108|
|13.||3||24||Toni ELIAS||SPA||Italtrans Racing Team||Kalex||132.8||+38.627|
|14.||2||49||Axel PONS||SPA||Tuenti Movil HP 40||Kalex||132.7||+39.095|
|15.||1||88||Ricard CARDUS||SPA||Arguiñano Racing Team||AJR||132.7||+40.686|
|16.||72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||JPN||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||FTR||132.6||+40.757|
|18.||23||Marcel SCHROTTER||GER||Desguaces La Torre SAG||Bimota||132.3||+46.760|
|19.||20||Jesko RAFFIN||SWI||GP Team Switzerland||Kalex||130.9||+1’10.712|
|20.||82||Elena ROSELL||SPA||QMMF Racing Team||Speed Up||130.5||+1’17.807|
|21.||10||Marco COLANDREA||SWI||SAG Team||FTR||130.4||+1’19.320|
|22.||14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||THA||Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2||Suter||130.0||+1’27.281|
|23.||3||Simone CORSI||ITA||Came IodaRacing Project||FTR||129.2||+1’41.865|
|22||Alessandro ANDREOZZI||ITA||S/Master Speed Up||Speed Up||0 Lap|
|12||Thomas LUTHI||SWI||Interwetten-Paddock||Suter||134.9||1 Lap|
|63||Mike DI MEGLIO||FRA||Kiefer Racing||Kalex||128.9||1 Lap|
|93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol||Suter||134.5||3 Laps|
|18||Nicolas TEROL||SPA||Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2||Suter||132.7||3 Laps|
|81||Jordi TORRES||SPA||Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2||Suter||132.2||3 Laps|
|57||Eric GRANADO||BRA||JIR Moto2||Motobi||117.5||9 Laps|
|30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||Italtrans Racing Team||Kalex||119.5||13 Laps|
|5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||JIR Moto2||Motobi||0 Lap|
|19||Xavier SIMEON||BEL||Tech 3 Racing||Tech 3||0 L|
2012 Moto2 Championship Point Standings:
|3.||Andrea IANNONE||Speed Up||ITA||188|
|7.||Bradley SMITH||Tech 3||GBR||104|
|10.||Alex DE ANGELIS||FTR||RSM||86|
|16.||Anthony WEST||Speed Up||AUS||41|
|19.||Xavier SIMEON||Tech 3||BEL||19|
|24.||Mike DI MEGLIO||Kalex||FRA||13|