Valencia Moto2: Marc Marquez wins from the back of the grid
|By Sam Tremayne||Sunday, November 11th 2012, 12:20 GMT|
Marc Marquez capped off his Moto2 championship-winning season with an extraordinary ride from the back of the field to victory in a wet Valencia finale.
While the foundations were laid on the opening lap, when he charged through from 33rd to 11th in 14 turns, he still had a massive amount of work to do in the closing stages in order to close down a nine-second gap to runaway leader Julian Simon.
Marquez simply tore the advantage apart, gaining around one second per lap. With two laps to run he moved into the lead for the first time, and while Simon attempted a fightback, Marquez eased away on the final tour to claim his ninth win of the season by just over 1.2s.
It was also his last Moto2 race before he steps up into the premier class with Honda for 2013.
Simon finished second, having looked assured of a first Moto2 victory following his own superb ride at the front of the field.
Third meanwhile went to early leader Nico Terol, whose pace in the opening laps allowed him to break away from all but Simon and paved the way for a maiden Moto2 podium.
Thomas Luthi held off Dominique Aegerter for fourth, a battle that had also included Marquez and Gino Rea in the early stages.
Rea had been able to stay with and even move ahead of Marquez early on, having constructed his own fight from 20th on the grid, but with 12 laps to run he lost the front of his bike at the final turn trying to stay with the Spaniard.
Marquez and Aegerter had touched the lap before while braking for Turn 1, an incident for which Marquez immediately apologised.
Aegerter was the final significant obstacle Marquez faced: once past, he simply stormed away in a relentless and ultimately successful pursuit of victory.
Jordi Torres took a relatively quiet sixth ahead of Mika Kallio and Pol Espargaro, who triumphed in a seven-way fight for eighth.
The Spaniard, who finishes runner-up to Marquez in the championship, had earlier fallen while running fourth, and then fought his way back from 18th.
Andrea Iannone was also part of that fight and while he could only manage 11th he did enough to hang on to third in the championship, finishing three points ahead of Luthi.
Results - 27 laps: Pos Rider Team/Bike Time/Gap 1. Marc Marquez Monlau Suter 48m50.706s 2. Julian Simon Avintia Suter + 1.256s 3. Nicolas Terol Aspar Suter + 11.372s 4. Thomas Luthi Paddock Suter + 13.006s 5. Dominique Aegerter Technomag-CIP Suter + 13.825s 6. Jordi Torres Aspar Suter + 27.911s 7. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Kalex + 36.338s 8. Pol Espargaro Pons Kalex + 38.335s 9. Toni Elias Italtrans Kalex + 39.419s 10. Esteve Rabat Pons Kalex + 39.476s 11. Andrea Iannone Speed Master Speed Up + 40.207s 12. Gino Rea Gresini Suter + 41.197s 13. Dani Rivas TSR Kalex + 41.768s 14. Yuki Takahashi Forward FTR + 41.943s 15. Ricard Cardus Arguinano AJR + 42.303s 16. Bradley Smith Tech 3 + 43.064s 17. Simone Corsi Ioda FTR + 49.970s 18. Tomoyoshi Koyama Technomag-CIP Suter + 51.639s 19. Randy Krummenacher Switzerland Kalex + 53.198s 20. Axel Pons Pons Kalex + 54.632s 21. Marcel Schrotter SAG Bimota + 56.401s 22. Scott Redding Marc VDS Kalex + 56.974s 23. Alessandro Andreozzi Speed Master Speed Up + 59.679s 24. Ratthapark Wilairot Gresini Suter + 1m16.201s 25. Mattia Pasini Forward FTR + 1m16.352s 26. Roman Ramos SAG FTR + 1m18.354s 27. Xavier Simeon Tech 3 + 1m26.234s 28. Mike di Meglio Kiefer Kalex + 1m29.530s 29. Eric Granado JIR Motobi + 1 lap 30. Rafid Topan Sucipto QMMF Speed Up + 2 laps Retirements: Elena Rosell QMMF Speed Up 17 laps Takaaki Nakagami Italtrans Kalex 14 laps Johann Zarco JIR Motobi 10 laps