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Elias wins as rivals crash out

Toni Elias wins at Le MansToni Elias took a comfortable second consecutive Moto2 victory at Le Mans as all his nearest rivals fell or hit trouble, leaving him to beat Julian Simon by 1.3 seconds.

With pre-race championship leader Shoya Tomizawa among those having accidents, the result puts Elias to the head of the standings.

Elias was part of a large group of riders battling for the lead at first, but was the last man standing within just seven laps.

Alex Debon had led briefly but was given a jump-start penalty and could only recover to 16th.

Next to go was Tech 3's Yuki Takahashi, who fell when running a close fourth.

That left Elias fighting with polesitter Kenny Noyes and local favourite Jules Cluzel at the front, until Noyes crashed out of third and then Cluzel fell at the first corner on lap seven, just after battling past Elias to take the lead.

By this time Tomizawa was also out, having fallen twice - the second time doing enough damage to end his race. The Japanese rider had already been stuck in the lower midfield following his poor qualifying result.

Another big name involved in an accident was the luckless Alex de Angelis, who was fortunate not to be injured when his bike was wiped out by the crashed machine of Xavier Simeon, which slid back across the track and collected de Angelis.

Simon did his best to keep Elias under pressure but had to settle for second - still a good result for his first race on the Suter chassis.

Simone Corsi escaped from Andrea Iannone to complete the podium.

Gabor Talmacsi charged through from 19th on the grid to beat Sergio Gadea, Ratthapark Wilairot and Fonsi Nieto to fifth, while after crashing in qualifying Stefan Bradl recovered from 35th to ninth.

Pos  Rider                Bike             Time/Gap
 1.  Toni Elias           Moriwaki       43m29.277s
 2.  Julian Simon         Suter            + 1.336s
 3.  Simone Corsi         Motobi           + 2.831s
 4.  Andrea Iannone       Speed Up         + 4.880s
 5.  Gabor Talmacsi       Speed Up        + 13.293s
 6.  Sergio Gadea         Pons Kalex      + 13.415s
 7.  Ratthapark Wilairot  Bimota          + 14.294s
 8.  Fonsi Nieto          Moriwaki        + 14.554s
 9.  Stefan Bradl         Suter           + 23.503s
10.  Roberto Rolfo        Suter           + 23.687s
11.  Scott Redding        Suter           + 23.959s
12.  Yonni Hernandez      BQR             + 24.955s
13.  Lukas Pesek          Moriwaki        + 25.068s
14.  Alex Baldolini       ICP             + 26.023s
15.  Claudio Corti        Suter           + 28.765s
16.  Alex Debon           FTR             + 32.240s
17.  Niccolo Canepa       Scot            + 33.607s
18.  Arne Tode            Suter           + 34.789s
19.  Thomas Luthi         Moriwaki        + 43.180s
20.  Mike di Meglio       Suter           + 43.522s
21.  Vladimir Ivanov      Moriwaki        + 47.761s
22.  Valentin Debise      ADV             + 51.571s
23.  Robertino Pietri     Suter           + 59.692s
24.  Joan Olive           Promo Harris    + 59.939s
25.  Yannick Guerra       Moriwaki      + 1m07.377s
26.  Anthony West         MZ            + 1m16.171s
27.  Vladimir Leonov      Suter         + 1m16.528s
28.  Mashel Al Naimi      BQR           + 1m20.977s
29.  Bernat Martinez      Bimota        + 1m22.982s
30.  Dominique Agerter    Suter            + 2 laps


     Hector Faubel        Suter         16 laps
     Mattia Pasini        Motobi        7 laps
     Shoya Tomizawa       Suter         7 laps
     Jules Cluzel         Suter         6 laps
     Xavier Simeon        Moriwaki      6 laps
     Alex de Angelis      Scot          6 laps
     Raffaele de Rosa     Tech 3        5 laps
     Axel Pons            Pons Kalex    5 laps
     Kenny Noyes          Promo Harris  4 laps
     Yuki Takahashi       Tech 3        4 laps
     Karel Abraham        FTR           1 lap
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