Abraham wins amid last-lap mayhem
|By Matt Beer||Sunday, November 7th 2010, 12:15 GMT|
Karel Abraham claimed a shock maiden Moto2 victory in the season finale at Valencia after champion Toni Elias collided with Andrea Iannone on the last lap.
Iannone had been battling for the lead with Julian Simon - his rival for the runner-up spot in the championship - for most of the race, with Abraham and Elias right on their tails. But when Elias' aggressive move on Iannone on the final lap scattered the pack, it was Abraham who came through to take his first win at world championship level.
Polesitter Elias had earlier fallen to fifth at the first corner of the race while trying to fend off the faster-starting Iannone.
The Italian then edged away while Kenan Sofuoglu and Stefan Bradl fought over second - a contest which came to a head after seven laps in a Turn 1 incident that left an angry Sofuoglu skating through the gravel. He eventually fell, and retired soon after, while Bradl did not last much longer before crashing by himself.
Simon had fallen to 11th off the line, his qualifying having been hampered by electronic problems, but he carved through the field and took second from Bradl just before the German crashed.
He then caught Iannone and started a battle that saw them exchange the lead eight times, while Elias and Abraham pulled off some ferocious moves on each other just behind.
On the last lap, Elias slid down the inside of Simon to take second but then speared into Iannone. As Elias crashed out, Iannone somehow kept his wobbling bike upright, but Abraham took advantage of the incident to sweep past both Simon and Iannone and claim the win.
Iannone beat Simon to second, though the Spaniard held on to second in the championship.
Tom Luthi just missed out on a podium spot as the last-lap mayhem unfolded. Scott Redding drifted away from the lead battle but resisted Alex de Angelis for fifth.
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap 1. Karel Abraham FTR 43m49.499s 2. Andrea Iannone Speed Up + 0.522s 3. Julian Simon Suter + 0.583s 4. Thomas Luthi Moriwaki + 0.760s 5. Scott Redding Suter + 4.205s 6. Alex de Angelis Motobi + 5.385s 7. Simone Corsi Motobi + 11.399s 8. Sergio Gadea Pons Kalex + 21.420s 9. Dominique Aegerter Suter + 22.439s 10. Gabor Talmacsi Speed Up + 22.912s 11. Jules Cluzel Suter + 23.511s 12. Kenny Noyes Promoharris + 25.169s 13. Alex Debon FTR + 30.571s 14. Yonny Hernandez BQR + 31.077s 15. Xavier Simeon Moriwaki + 31.276s 16. Javier Fores AJR + 33.381s 17. Alex Baldolini ICP + 33.548s 18. Yuki Takahashi Tech 3 + 37.556s 19. Claudio Corti Suter + 38.602s 20. Michael Ranseder Suter + 38.763s 21. Hector Faubel Suter + 39.540s 22. Ratthapark Wilairot Bimota + 39.835s 23. Roman Ramos Mir + 39.849s 24. Raffaele de Rosa Tech 3 + 40.519s 25. Roberto Rolfo Suter + 42.803s 26. Mike di Meglio Suter + 44.234s 27. Anthony West MZ + 1m01.722s 28. Joan Olive Promoharris + 1m02.031s 29. Vladimir Ivanov Moriwaki + 1m09.526s 30. Toni Elias Moriwaki + 1m25.529s 31. Yannick Guerra Moriwaki + 1 lap 32. Mashel Al Naimi BQR + 1 lap 33. Hiromichi Kunikawa Bimota + 1 lap Retirements: Axel Pons Pons Kalex 26 laps Robertino Pietri Suter 22 laps Fonsi Nieto Moriwaki 18 laps Ferruccio Lamborghini Moriwaki 17 laps Stefan Bradl Suter 11 laps Kenan Sofuoglu Suter 9 laps Carmelo Morales Suter 7 laps Valentin Debise ADV 4 laps Ricard Cardus Bimota 0 laps