Andrea Iannone claims last lap win at Czech Moto2 Grand Prix
Andrea Iannone took his second win of the year in a barnstorming Moto2 Czech Grand Prix at Brno
The Italian was part of a five-way fight for the lead for most of the race that included Marc Marquez, Stefan Bradl, Alex de Angelis and Thomas Luthi, but managed to eke out a little bit of extra pace when it really mattered.
Iannone, who had a couple of laps in the lead earlier in the race, seized the initiative for good into Turn 1 on the final lap as he shoved his Speedmaster Suter inside Marquez's similar Team Catalunya-run bike.
Try as Marquez did, he couldn't get a run on his rival out of either of the uphill esses during the second half of the Brno lap, missing out on victory by just 0.161s.
The Spanish teenager, in fact, had his work cut out to fend off Bradl - who spent more laps in the lead than anyone else. The German had one final attempt to wrest second from Marquez into Turn 3 on the final lap, but ran wide and had to settle for the final podium spot.
In being beaten by Marquez, the Kiefer Racing Kalex rider saw his world championship lead cut from 47 points to 43 with seven races remaining.
Fourth place went to the JIR Motobi of de Angelis, but the San Marino rider twice made contact with Marquez during the race and was luck to stay on. He was within a second of Iannone by the flag but comfortably beat Luthi, as the Interwetten Suter rider dropped back by over a second a lap from the lead pack during the final four tours.
Aleix Espargaro won an entertaining scrap for sixth place with his fellow Spaniard Esteve Rabat, the Pons Kalex rider beating the Blusens FTR man by just 0.011s.
Behind them Technomag-CIP Suter team-mates Dominique Aegerter and Kenan Sofuoglu finished either side of Simone Corsi's ninth-placed Ioda FTR.
Britain's Bradley Smith was lucky not to be wiped out when Jules Cluzel crashed in front of him at Turn 1 on the second lap. But the Tech 3 rider retired just half a lap later after suffering a massive accident while exiting one of the high-speed esses.
There were also early exits for Max Neukirchner's MZ and for Rabat's team-mate Yonni Hernandez.
Results - 20 laps: Pos Rider Team/Bike Time/Gap 1. Andrea Iannone Speed Master Suter 41m13.255s 2. Marc Marquez Catalunya Suter + 0.161s 3. Stefan Bradl Kiefer Kalex + 0.407s 4. Alex de Angelis JIR Motobi + 0.870s 5. Thomas Luthi Paddock Suter + 4.225s 6. Aleix Espargaro Pons Kalex + 13.636s 7. Esteve Rabat Blusens FTR + 13.647s 8. Dominique Aegerter Technomag-CIP Suter + 14.365s 9. Simone Corsi Ioda FTR + 14.617s 10. Kenan Sofuoglu Technomag-CIP Suter + 21.383s 11. Mattia Pasini Ioda FTR + 26.235s 12. Yuki Takahashi Gresini Moriwaki + 29.726s 13. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Suter + 30.046s 14. Claudio Corti Italtrans Suter + 30.380s 15. Mike di Meglio Tech 3 + 30.459s 16. Pol Espargaro Speed Up FTR + 31.691s 17. Ratthapark Wilairot SAG FTR + 31.752s 18. Michele Pirro Gresini Moriwaki + 35.548s 19. Jordi Torres Aspar Suter + 40.270s 20. Kenny Noyes Avintia FTR + 40.722s 21. Valentin Debise Speed Up FTR + 40.803s 22. Ricard Cardus QMMF Moriwaki + 42.247s 23. Xavier Simeon Tech 3 + 42.285s 24. Axel Pons Pons Kalex + 42.348s 25. Robertino Pietri Italtrans Suter + 53.056s 26. Scott Redding Marc VDS Suter + 53.044s 27. Santiago Hernandez SAG FTR + 1m06.674s 28. Steven Odendaal MS Suter + 1m07.935s 29. Anthony West MZ + 1m30.360s 30. Mashel Al Naimi QMMF Moriwaki + 1m30.499s Retirements: Tommaso Lorenzetti Castello FTR 19 laps Alex Baldolini Forward Suter 11 laps Jules Cluzel Forward Suter 11 laps Max Neukirchner MZ 7 laps Carmelo Morales Desguaces La Torre 3 laps Bradley Smith Tech 3 1 lap Yonny Hernandez Blusens FTR 1 lap Randy Krummenacher Kiefer Kalex 0 laps
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