Andrea Iannone crushed the opposition to record a dominant victory in the Moto2 race at Aragon.
The Fimmco Speed Up rider screamed into an immediate lead from pole position and never looked back. He displayed blistering pace to streak away from the opposition and win by six seconds.
The Italian lapped consistently below his pole position time from yesterday's qualifying session, and led by over 10 seconds at one point, before throttling back over the final two laps.
Spaniard Julian Simon rode superbly to win the battle for second place. Simone Corsi fought him early on before slipping back, while Iannone's Hungarian team-mate Gabor Talmacsi shadowed the pair in the first half of the race, before moving into third and then mounting a late but unsuccessful challenge for second.
As Simon claimed his third successive second place finish, Talmacsi celebrated his maiden Moto2 podium from the race that replaced his abortive home round on the MotoGP calendar.
Aside from the dominant Iannone, the ride of the race came from runaway championship leader Toni Elias. The ex-MotoGP race winner crashed in qualifying yesterday and wound up 12th on the grid. He survived a hit during a midfield melee that eliminated several riders at the start, before moving steadily though from 14th to fourth. Elias was closing on Talmacsi at the end but ran out of time.
JiR rider Corsi held on for fifth, ahead of impressive Frenchman Jules Cluzel, who rounded out the top six. Corsi's San Marinese team-mate Alex de Angelis ran inside the top six at one stage, but crashed out on the seventh lap of 21.
Yesterday's star of qualifying Scott Redding, who narrowly missed out on pole to Iannone, struggled in today's race. The youngest rider in the field at 17 made a bad start and fell out of the top six on the opening lap, before finishing a subdued eighth, behind Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter.
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap 1. Andrea Iannone Speed Up 40m33.264s 2. Julian Simon Suter + 6.203s 3. Gabor Talmacsi Speed Up + 6.276s 4. Toni Elias Moriwaki + 7.123s 5. Simone Corsi Motobi + 9.160s 6. Jules Cluzel Suter + 12.881s 7. Dominique Aegerter Suter + 12.987s 8. Scott Redding Suter + 18.881s 9. Stefan Bradl Suter + 20.893s 10. Thomas Luthi Moriwaki + 21.171s 11. Claudio Corti Suter + 21.426s 12. Yuki Takahashi Tech 3 + 21.978s 13. Mike di Meglio Suter + 22.171s 14. Michele Pirro Moriwaki + 24.747s 15. Ratthapark Wilairot Bimota + 30.452s 16. Roman Ramos Mir Racing + 31.716s 17. Hector Faubel Suter + 33.594s 18. Karel Abraham FTR + 33.801s 19. Roberto Rolfo Suter + 37.621s 20. Sergio Gadea Pons Kalex + 39.428s 21. Anthony West MZ + 43.799s 22. Alex Debon FTR + 44.855s 23. Santiago Hernandez Moriwaki + 45.164s 24. Yannick Guerra Moriwaki + 59.926s 25. Kazuki Watanabe Suter + 1m11.176s 26. Niccolo Canepa Bimota + 1m11.208s 27. Valentin Debise ADV + 1m11.364s 28. Joan Olive Promoharris + 1m22.224s Retirements: Axel Pons Pons Kalex 13 laps Mashel Al Naimi BQR 12 laps Kenny Noyes Promoharris 12 laps Raffaele de Rosa Tech 3 10 laps Mattia Pasini Suter 9 laps Robertino Pietri Suter 8 laps Alex de Angelis Motobi 6 laps Kev Coghlan FTR 1 lap Fonsi Nieto Moriwaki 0 laps Alex Baldolini ICP 0 laps Ricard Cardus Bimota 0 laps Yonny Hernandez BQR 0 laps