2013 Qatar Moto2 | Results

2013 Qatar Moto2 Start

2013 Qatar Moto2 Race Recap and Results

Spoiler Alert: 2013 Moto2 results from Losail International Circuit in Qatar listed below

Note: SPEED TV will broadcast Moto2 from Qatar at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 9

Under the desert floodlights at Losail International Circuit Sunday in Doha, Qatar, Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro had converted pole position into the opening Moto2 race victory of 2013.

But the win was hard fought, Espargaro battling instantly with Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding. Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami led in the opening stages before going on to achieve a career-first podium finish.

Espargaro had delivered a last-gasp lap to grab pole on Saturday, but it was Nakagami who led Sunday’s race as the pack battled for the first time this year. Behind, Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2’s Ratthapark Wilairot jumped the start and was forced to take a ride-through penalty, whereas Tech 3’s Louis Rossi, Tuenti HP 40’s Axel Pons and QMMF Racing Team’s Anthony West were all early fallers.

More crashes came later into the race, as the stewards looked into investigating a coming together between Jir Moto2’s Mike de Meglio – coming from a pit lane start after a problem on the Warm-Up lap – and NGM Mobile Racing’s Mattia Pasini, which left the latter out of the race. Pasini’s teammate Ricard Cardús was taken to the Medical Centre following an incident, as Wilairot became the sixth and final retirement.

Redding had settled in behind Nakagami at the front, but took his chance to shoot into the lead at the start of the ninth tour, narrowly avoiding contact with his rival’s left knee. Watching the battle unfold, Espargaro posted the fastest lap and quickly proceeded to dispatch with Nakagami, who was unable to maintain the pace of the pair in front but was still pleased with a his maiden podium finish.

Espargaro’s crucial move on Redding for the lead came with five laps to go, with the Englishman losing out on the start/finish straight but managing to keep up in the twisty infield section. There was almost contact between the duo as Redding strived to retake the lead on the final lap, but losing ground allowed the Spaniard to win in Qatar for the first time – crossing the line just under one second ahead.

Fourth position went to Dominique Aegerter and Technomag carXpert, just edging ahead of second Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio as Italtrans’ Julián Simón finished where he started, in sixth place. The top ten was completed by NGM Mobile pair Simone Corsi and Alex de Angelis plus Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat and Desguaces La Torre Maptaq’s Xavier Simeon.

Moto2 continues in a fortnight’s time, as the championship heads to Austin, Texas and Circuit of the Americas for the first time.

2013 Qatar Moto2 Results:

12540Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex159.240’31.782
22045Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex159.2+0.844
31630Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex158.5+12.098
41377Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter158.0+18.910
51136Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex158.0+18.933
61060Julian SIMONSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex158.0+19.018
793Simone CORSIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up158.0+19.230
8815Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up158.0+19.452
9780Esteve RABATSPATuenti HP 40Kalex157.9+20.219
10619Xavier SIMEONBELDesguaces La Torre MaptaqKalex157.9+20.972
11581Jordi TORRESSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter157.8+21.674
1245Johann ZARCOFRACame Iodaracing ProjectSuter157.8+22.084
13323Marcel SCHROTTERGERDesguaces La Torre SAGKalex157.8+22.093
14218Nicolas TEROLSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter157.8+22.496
15124Toni ELIASSPABlusens AvintiaKalex156.9+36.677
1663Mike DI MEGLIOFRAJir Moto2Motobi156.9+36.697
1711Sandro CORTESEGERDynavolt Intact GPKalex156.5+41.857
1852Danny KENTGBRTech 3Tech 3156.3+45.295
194Randy KRUMMENACHERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter156.2+47.673
2033Sergio GADEASPAInterwetten PaddockSuter155.8+54.197
219Kyle SMITHGBRBlusens AvintiaKalex155.5+59.245
2244Steven ODENDAALRSAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up155.2+1’02.713
2372Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaMoriwaki155.1+1’04.294
247Doni Tata PRADITAINAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter154.5+1’14.017
2517Alberto MONCAYOSPAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up153.1+1’37.009
2697Rafid Topan SUCIPTOINAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up147.61 Lap
Not Classified
14Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2Suter154.25 Laps
88Ricard CARDUSSPANGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up157.312 Laps
54Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up155.712 Laps
95Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up144.713 Laps
49Axel PONSSPATuenti HP 40Kalex154.217 Laps
96Louis ROSSIFRATech 3Tech 3153.417 Laps

2013 Moto2 Point Standings:

2Scott REDDINGKalexGBR20
3Takaaki NAKAGAMIKalexJPN16
4Dominique AEGERTERSuterSWI13
5Mika KALLIOKalexFIN11
6Julian SIMONKalexSPA10
7Simone CORSISpeed UpITA9
9Esteve RABATKalexSPA7
10Xavier SIMEONKalexBEL6
11Jordi TORRESSuterSPA5
12Johann ZARCOSuterFRA4
14Nicolas TEROLSuterSPA2
15Toni ELIASKalexSPA1