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Abraham wins amid last-lap mayhem

Karel Abraham wins at ValenciaKarel 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
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