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Cluzel wins British Moto2 thriller

Jules CluzelJules Cluzel claimed his first victory at grand prix level by triumphing in an epic Moto2 race at Silverstone.

The Frenchman pounced when Thomas Luthi - who looked to have done enough to secure the victory - slid slightly wide into Club on the final lap, then did enough to resist Luthi's retaliation attempts and win by 0.057 seconds.

The early stages of the race had featured an incredible lead battle featuring over a dozen bikes. Polesitter Claudio Corti, the early-charging Fonsi Nieto, Cluzel and Julian Simon did most of the leading as riders regularly went four abreast and swapped places countless times.

As the race neared its end, a five-bike pack broke away, with Corti, Cluzel and Simon joined by Luthi and Scott Redding, who had steadily crept into contention.

Despite having fallen into the midfield on the first lap, Luthi worked his way into the lead with two laps to go, and then got some clear air behind him when Corti fell at Club on the penultimate lap while running second.

That looked to have secured the win for Luthi, until the small error on the last lap that gave Cluzel a chance to edge ahead.

Simon completed the podium, with Redding also within 0.5s of victory as he finished fourth.

Alex Debon fended off Shoya Tomizawa, Mike di Meglio and Xavier Simeon for fifth, while championship leader Toni Elias never featured near the front but clawed his way up to 10th by the end.

Pos  Rider                Bike             Time/Gap
 1.  Jules Cluzel         Suter          39m19.472s
 2.  Thomas Luthi         Moriwaki         + 0.057s
 3.  Julian Simon         Suter            + 0.322s
 4.  Scott Redding        Suter            + 0.520s
 5.  Alex Debon           FTR              + 5.271s
 6.  Shoya Tomizawa       Suter            + 5.377s
 7.  Mike di Meglio       Suter            + 5.484s
 8.  Xavier Simeon        Moriwaki         + 5.709s
 9.  Dominique Agerter    Suter           + 10.240s
10.  Toni Elias           Moriwaki        + 10.411s
11.  Fonsi Nieto          Moriwaki        + 10.701s
12.  Andrea Iannone       Speed Up        + 10.741s
13.  Ratthapark Wilairot  Bimota          + 10.959s
14.  Arne Tode            Suter           + 16.062s
15.  Sergio Gadea         Pons Kalex      + 16.161s
16.  Niccolo Canepa       Scot            + 24.118s
17.  Anthony West         MZ              + 29.563s
18.  Yuki Takahashi       Tech 3          + 29.952s
19.  Vladimir Ivanov      Moriwaki        + 30.218s
20.  Lukas Pesek          Moriwaki        + 31.289s
21.  Kenny Noyes          Promo Harris    + 31.423s
22.  Kevin Coghlan        FTR             + 31.715s
23.  Axel Pons            Pons Kalex      + 31.819s
24.  Roberto Rolfo        Suter           + 35.447s
25.  Bernat Martinez      Bimota          + 35.851s
26.  Valentin Debise      ADV             + 42.924s
27.  Robertino Pietri     Suter           + 51.566s
28.  Raffaele De Rosa     Tech 3          + 56.529s
29.  Vladimir Leonov      Suter           + 58.361s
30.  Claudio Corti        Suter         + 1m18.671s


     Joan Olive           Promo Harris  18 laps
     Yonny Hernandez      BQR           17 laps
     Alex Baldolini       ICP           17 laps
     Karel Abraham        FTR           17 laps
     Hector Faubel        Suter         17 laps
     Mattia Pasini        Motobi        16 laps
     Gabor Talmacsi       Speed Up      15 laps
     Anthony Delhalle     BQR           13 laps
     Simone Corsi         Motobi        1 lap
     Stefan Bradl         Suter         1 lap
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