2014 Qatar Moto2 Results from Losail

2014 Qatar Moto2 Results from Losail
Caterham's Josh Herrin in his debut Moto2 race at Qatar
2014 Qatar Moto2 Results from Losail
Marc VDS Racing’s Tito Rabat en route to the win at Qatar

2014 Qatar Moto2 Results

Spoiler Alert: 2014 Moto2 results from Qatar’s Losail International Circuit.

If one rider deserved the win at the opening round of 2014 Moto2 at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit, Esteve Rabat was the rider.

The Marc VDS Racing Team pilot who secured the Qatar Moto2 pole had a difficult opening lap, but later rode nearly flawlessly to win on the final corner of the 3.34-mile circuit containing 16 corners.

Rabat’s teammate Mika Kallio was third in the race, though second place finisher Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) was later disqualified for the use of a non-regulation air filter.

Rabat aims to win the title this year after emerging as a Moto2 race winner last season and he looked threatening throughout the Qatar weekend, ultimately beating Nakagami to the line by 0.04s after they had battled for the lead for several laps.

Rabat ran wide on the first lap and dropped to fifth but had too much for his closest rivals over the 20 lap contest, coming back well to take win.

His colleague Kallio will also be looking for wins in 2014 having finished a second behind the front two, eventually being moved up to second due to Nakagami’s disqualification.

Three seconds behind Kallio was Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2), the Swiss rider crossing the line three tenths ahead of Moto3 World Champion Maverick Viñales (Pons HP 40) who made an excellent Moto2™ debut.

Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing) ran well from 10th on the grid beating debutant Sam Lowes (Speed Up) who also performed solidly in his first Grand Prix, their final results being classified as fifth and sixth.

The top 10 was completed by Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP), Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2), Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team) and Louis Rossi (SAG Team).

A disastrous start for the AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing team saw the American Josh Herrin and Johann Zarco crash on the first lap, with Alex De Angelis (Tasca Racing Moto2) and Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) also involved.

Gino Rea and Mashel Al Naimi had stopped mid-race with technical problems, whilst with 8 laps to go in Axel Pons and Marcel Schrotter crashed out.

Dominique Aegerter pulled off with 5 laps to go, smoke pouring from his exhaust, ending his 33 race run of consistent point scoring finishes. Nico Terol was also affected by mechanical problems at a similar stage of the race and he will look to bounce back next time out at the Circuit of the Americas where he won last year.

The Moto2 Championship returns in three weeks at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

2014 Qatar Moto2 Results from Losail International Circuit:

12553Esteve RABATSPAMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex160.040’20.963
22036Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex159.9+1.059
31612Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Paddock Moto2Suter159.7+3.741
41340Maverick VIÑALESSPAPons HP 40Kalex159.7+4.043
5113Simone CORSIITANGM Forward RacingForward KLX159.6+5.830
61022Sam LOWESGBRSpeed UpSpeed Up159.0+14.170
7911Sandro CORTESEGERDynavolt Intact GPKalex158.3+24.943
8881Jordi TORRESSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter158.3+25.196
9795Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up158.3+25.322
10696Louis ROSSIFRASAG TeamKalex158.2+26.687
11594Jonas FOLGERGERAGR TeamKalex158.2+26.873
12488Ricard CARDUSSPATech 3Tech 3158.2+26.914
1334Randy KRUMMENACHERSWIIodaRacing ProjectSuter157.9+31.671
14239Luis SALOMSPAPons HP 40Kalex157.3+40.588
15155Hafizh SYAHRINMALPetronas Raceline MalaysiaKalex157.3+40.695
1660Julian SIMONSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex157.2+41.810
1754Mattia PASINIITANGM Forward RacingForward KLX157.1+44.030
1825Azlan SHAHMALIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaKalex156.5+52.813
1997Roman RAMOSSPAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up156.5+53.563
2010Thitipong WAROKORNTHAAPH PTT The Pizza SAGKalex155.4+1’10.995
2145Tetsuta NAGASHIMAJPNTeluru Team JiR WebikeTSR155.4+1’11.391
2270Robin MULHAUSERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter155.3+1’11.811
235Johann ZARCOFRAAirAsia CaterhamCaterham Suter152.9+1’52.348
2419Xavier SIMEONBELFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter152.9+1’52.446
2521Franco MORBIDELLIITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex149.11 Lap
30Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaKalex0 Lap
Not Classified
7Lorenzo BALDASSARRIITAGresini Moto2Suter158.31 Lap
77Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter159.35 Laps
18Nicolas TEROLSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter158.15 Laps
23Marcel SCHROTTERGERTech 3Tech 3157.89 Laps
49Axel PONSSPAAGR TeamKalex157.49 Laps
98Mashel AL NAIMIQATQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up112.816 Laps
8Gino REAGBRAGT REA RacingSuter151.718 Laps
15Alex DE ANGELISRSMTasca Racing Moto2Suter0 Lap
2Josh HERRINUSAAirAsia CaterhamCaterham Suter0 Lap

2014 Moto2 Point Standings after Round 1:

1Esteve RABATKalexSPA25
2Mika KALLIOKalexFIN20
3Thomas LUTHISuterSWI16
4Maverick VIÑALESKalexSPA13
5Simone CORSIForward KLXITA11
6Sam LOWESSpeed UpGBR10
7Sandro CORTESEKalexGER9
8Jordi TORRESSuterSPA8
9Anthony WESTSpeed UpAUS7
10Louis ROSSIKalexFRA6
11Jonas FOLGERKalexGER5
12Ricard CARDUSTech 3SPA4
14Luis SALOMKalexSPA2
15Hafizh SYAHRINKalexMAL1