Marc Marquez wins hard-fought Moto2 race at Mugello
Marc Marquez held off Stefan Bradl and Bradley Smith to win a spectacularly close Moto2 race at Mugello, giving the 125cc champion a second straight victory in the intermediate category
Just 0.4 seconds covered the three riders at the line, as they broke away from what had been a five-bike battle also involving Alex de Angelis and Andrea Iannone.
At first it had been Marquez and Smith escaping from the field together, before first Bradl, then the two Italians as well (Iannone flying through from 14th on the grid) joined them.
Bradl squeezed through to the front for the first time just before half-distance, but could not get away. Going into the closing laps, Marquez and Bradl would exchange the lead again and again, with Smith also sneaking into the lead for a few yards.
Marquez was back in front going onto the final lap, and despite points leader Bradl's best efforts to get a better run to the line, the Spaniard held on. Smith was right with them, his third consecutive podium being his first in a dry Moto2 race.
Behind de Angelis and Iannone, Tom Luthi and Simone Corsi fought through to sixth and seventh from 24th and 23rd on the grid respectively. Max Neukirchner, taking his best Moto2 result yet, Aleix Espargaro, Kenan Sofuoglu and Dominique Aegerter chased them home.
Yonny Hernandez and Pol Espargaro were also fighting for top six positions early on before both fell in separate incidents.
Results - 21 laps: Pos Rider Team/Bike Time/Gap 1. Marc Marquez Catalunya Suter 40m02.941s 2. Stefan Bradl Kiefer Kalex + 0.071s 3. Bradley Smith Tech 3 + 0.419s 4. Alex de Angelis JIR Motobi + 2.091s 5. Andrea Iannone Speed Master Suter + 4.595s 6. Thomas Luthi Paddock Suter + 13.021s 7. Simone Corsi Ioda FTR + 13.092s 8. Max Neukirchner MZ + 13.409s 9. Aleix Espargaro Pons Kalex + 14.139s 10. Kenan Sofuoglu Technomag-CIP Suter + 14.419s 11. Dominique Aegerter Technomag-CIP Suter + 15.072s 12. Xavier Simeon Tech 3 + 17.996s 13. Randy Krummenacher Kiefer Kalex + 18.573s 14. Yuki Takahashi Gresini Moriwaki + 19.720s 15. Jules Cluzel Forward Suter + 20.357s 16. Esteve Rabat Blusens FTR + 22.208s 17. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Suter + 22.420s 18. Valentin Debise Speed Up FTR + 24.297s 19. Jordi Torres Aspar Suter + 28.679s 20. Mattia Pasini Ioda FTR + 28.876s 21. Anthony West MZ + 30.778s 22. Ricard Cardus QMMF Moriwaki + 33.084s 23. Claudio Corti Italtrans Suter + 34.568s 24. Mike di Meglio Tech 3 + 36.000s 25. Carmelo Morales G22 Moriwaki + 36.194s 26. Robertino Pietri Italtrans Suter + 36.195s 27. Scott Redding Marc VDS Suter + 46.731s 28. Pol Espargaro Speed Up FTR + 49.054s 29. Kenny Noyes Avintia FTR + 50.101s 30. Santiago Hernandez SAG FTR + 1m08.557s 31. Mashel Al Naimi QMMF Moriwaki + 1 lap Retirements: Ratthapark Wilairot SAG FTR 14 laps Alex Baldolini Forward Suter 11 laps Mattia Tarozzi Faenza Suter 11 laps Yonny Hernandez Blusens FTR 7 laps Tommaso Lorenzetti Castello FTR 6 laps Michele Pirro Gresini Moriwaki 3 laps Raffaele de Rosa Aspar Suter 0 laps
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