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Elias wins again in Moto2

Toni Elias stretched his Moto2 championship lead by escaping from the pack to win his fourth race of the season at Brno.

The Gresini rider emerged on top after a long battle with Andrea Iannone and Roby Rolfo, the latter eventually retiring, and Iannone dropping back to third behind the charging Yuki Takahashi.

The early stages had seen a remarkable battle for the lead, with 21 riders within five seconds of each other and regularly three and four abreast during the opening five laps.

But once Iannone hit the front, he began to edge away from the pack - as he has done on so many occasions this year. Keen not to let the Italian get away, Elias took second from Jules Cluzel and quickly hunted down Iannone, bringing Rolfo with him.

After several attempts and a series of side by side place exchanges, Elias managed to get through into the lead on lap 14, with Rolfo immediately passing Iannone as well.

Rolfo then attacked Elias for the lead, getting through briefly when the ex-MotoGP man slid wide at the first corner. But Elias reclaimed first place within half a lap, and next time around Rolfo's bike suddenly slowed, ending his challenge for a first Moto2 win.

That left Elias free to win by 2.3 seconds, while Iannone suddenly had his hands full with the flying Takahashi, who had passed a slowing Cluzel with a neat round-the-outside move shortly beforehand. The Japanese rider took advantage of a slight slip under braking by Iannone to dive through and claim the runner-up spot.

Cluzel resisted Julian Simon, Gabor Talmacsi and Alex Debon - the latter one of several men who had led in the early shuffles - to take fourth.

Pos  Rider                Bike            Time/Gap
 1.  Toni Elias           Moriwaki      41m51.715s
 2.  Yuki Takahashi       Tech 3          + 2.312s
 3.  Andrea Iannone       Speed Up        + 2.959s
 4.  Jules Cluzel         Suter           + 6.905s
 5.  Julian Simon         Suter           + 6.974s
 6.  Gabor Talmacsi       Speed Up        + 7.024s
 7.  Alex Debon           FTR             + 7.808s
 8.  Simone Corsi         Motobi         + 11.691s
 9.  Stefan Bradl         Suter          + 15.958s
10.  Shoya Tomizawa       Suter          + 15.974s
11.  Thomas Luthi         Moriwaki       + 16.486s
12.  Hector Faubel        Suter          + 16.490s
13.  Fonsi Nieto          Moriwaki       + 19.426s
14.  Sergio Gadea         Pons Kalex     + 20.130s
15.  Raffaele de Rosa     Tech 3         + 20.227s
16.  Dominique Aegerter   Suter          + 20.233s
17.  Alex Baldolini       ICP            + 25.738s
18.  Anthony West         MZ-RE          + 27.526s
19.  Xavier Simeon        Moriwaki       + 27.711s
20.  Mike di Meglio       Suter          + 28.895s
21.  Ratthapark Wilairot  Bimota         + 36.263s
22.  Scott Redding        Suter          + 44.281s
23.  Yonny Hernandez      BQR            + 46.446s
24.  Ricard Cardus        Bimota         + 47.620s
25.  Axel Pons            Pons Kalex     + 47.798s
26.  Claudio Corti        Suter          + 47.966s
27.  Vladimir Ivanov      Moriwaki       + 48.499s
28.  Niccolo Canepa       Suter          + 51.993s
29.  Robertino Pietri     Suter          + 52.243s
30.  Mashel Al Naimi      BQR            + 53.151s
31.  Joan Olive           Promoharris    + 53.478s
32.  Valentin Debise      ADV          + 1m00.080s
33.  Yannick Guerra       Moriwaki     + 1m08.242s


     Roberto Rolfo        Suter        14 laps
     Yusuke Teshima       Motobi       12 laps
     Lukas Pesek          Moriwaki     9 laps
     Patrik Vostarek      Suter        2 laps
     Kenny Noyes          Promoharris  1 lap
     Arne Tode            Suter        0 laps
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