2014 Catalunya Moto2 Results | Race Recap

2014 Catalunya Moto2 Results | Race Recap
Marc VDS Racing's Tito Rabat
2014 Catalunya Moto2 Results | Race Recap
Marc VDS Racing’s Tito Rabat

2014 Catalunya Moto2 Results

Tito Rabat fended off an early lead challenge from Maverick Viñales to extend his Moto2 World Championship lead.

The Marc VDS rider started from pole position and lead the race from the early laps until eventually crossing the line 4.24 seconds ahead of fellow Spaniard Paginas Amarillas Pons rider Maverick Viñales for a home win.

In a statement to the press, Rabat said of the race: “In the race I made a good start and I enjoyed a good battle with first Mika Kallio and then Maverick Viñales, but then I pushed very hard to get away and managed to pull a gap at the front of the race. It’s always special to win at home.”

Viñales rode an unchallenged race to second position, finishing nearly seven seconds ahead of AirAsia Caterham’s Johann Zarco.

The podium is the second for 19 year old Viñales, who shared with UM the details of his podium: “This weekend was incredible because in qualifying we found the right setup in the last minutes.

This weekend was really important for me at my home track and a podium here feels incredible. We tried to improve the tire grip all weekend because on the first laps the bike was great but in the end we always lost a lot of grip. The grip was a lot better today.”

Frenchman Johann Zarco battled with Interwetten Paddock Moto2’s Tom Luthi and Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio for third in the last stages of the race.

The podium is the first of the year for Zarco, who was surprised by the podium finish, reporting to UM: “I didn’t expect this podium after such a difficult start to the weekend. We had problems with grip all weekend but I could see that I could find some grip in different parts [of the track] and that if I changed my riding style I could use those places as well as possible and in the end it paid off.”

Kallio eventually finished fourth ahead of Luthi in fifth, followed by Italian rider Mattia Pasini with Ricky Cardus 7th and Axle Pons 8th – career bests for both Spanish riders. Marcel Schrotter crossed the line 9th—his best finish of the year—with Anthony West finishing tenth after starting from 27th on the grid.

The race was an incident packed affair, with Franco Morbidelli, Randy Krummenacher and Simone Corsi all crashing on the first lap (Morbidelli and Krummenacher were able to rejoin to finish 21st and 25th, respectively).

Brit Sam Lowes fell shortly after, followed by Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger, the German running into the gravel at high speed to avoid running over his Paginas Amarillas Pons rider Luis Salom, who highsided and slid across the pavement in front of oncoming traffic.

The Spaniard broke a finger in the incident and was operated on immediately to reset it.

Jordi Torres crashed in front of Dominique Aegerter, his bouncing Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 bike striking the front of Aegerter’s machine, though the Swiss rider remarkably recovered and finished in the points after off-roading through the gravel and rejoining the race.

Lone American representative Josh Herrin collected his best (and second) finish of his rookie season with a 16th place.

2014 Catalunya Moto2 Results:

1 25 53 Esteve RABAT SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 157.6 41’23.197
2 20 40 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 157.3 +4.244
3 16 5 Johann ZARCO FRA AirAsia Caterham Caterham Suter 156.9 +11.157
4 13 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 156.9 +11.301
5 11 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Suter 156.8 +11.424
6 10 54 Mattia PASINI ITA NGM Forward Racing Kalex 156.5 +16.761
7 9 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Tech 3 Tech 3 156.2 +21.275
8 8 49 Axel PONS SPA AGR Team Kalex 155.5 +32.793
9 7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Tech 3 Tech 3 155.5 +32.932
10 6 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 155.5 +32.960
11 5 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Gresini Moto2 Suter 155.5 +33.076
12 4 60 Julian SIMON SPA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 155.5 +33.369
13 3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 155.3 +36.190
14 2 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag carXpert Suter 155.0 +40.703
15 1 96 Louis ROSSI FRA SAG Team Kalex 155.0 +40.904
16 2 Josh HERRIN USA AirAsia Caterham Caterham Suter 154.6 +47.541
17 97 Roman RAMOS SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 154.6 +47.593
18 70 Robin MULHAUSER SWI Technomag carXpert Suter 154.6 +47.644
19 25 Azlan SHAH MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 154.2 +54.002
20 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 153.9 +59.057
21 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 153.4 +1’07.827
22 8 Gino REA GBR AGT REA Racing Suter 153.1 +1’11.853
23 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN Teluru Team JiR Webike TSR 152.5 +1’22.101
24 10 Thitipong WAROKORN THA APH PTT The Pizza SAG Kalex 152.3 +1’25.699
25 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI Octo IodaRacing Team Suter 152.2 +1’26.978
Not Classified
15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM Tasca Racing Moto2 Suter 156.4 4 Laps
19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 155.6 6 Laps
81 Jordi TORRES SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 157.0 7 Laps
39 Luis SALOM SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 153.8 21 Laps
94 Jonas FOLGER GER AGR Team Kalex 153.5 21 Laps
11 Sandro CORTESE GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 146.2 22 Laps
55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex 108.7 22 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
22 Sam LOWES GBR Speed Up Speed Up 0 Lap
3 Simone CORSI ITA NGM Forward Racing Kalex 0 Lap