Bradl Takes 6th Pole Position of 2011

bradl_assenViessmann Kiefer Racing rider Stefan Bradl set an early fast time under darkening skies to put himself on pole position for the Moto2 race. He is joined by Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) and Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) on the front row.

Having posted the fastest times in both practice sessions, Bradl stepped in front of the field early in the 45 minute Moto2 qualifying session, with a fast lap of 1’39.305 to give him his sixth pole of the 2011 season. Catalan Márquez posted an early lap 0.295s behind the German and Italian Corsi followed with a posted time of 1’39.700 to put him in third.

The skies threatened rain as the Moto2 bikes hit the track, and by the halfway point it started to fall. Riders entered the pits to wait it out or change tires, and in the last few minutes of the session most of them hazarded back out on the wet track to make the most of the already shortened weekend track time.

Tom Lüthi (Interwetten Moto2 Paddock), Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) and Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) make up the second row for the start of the race, while Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag-CIP), Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) and Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing) comprise row three. Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) completed the top 10 of the qualifying session.

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Bradl Beats Smith for Moto2 Win

bradl_silverstoneStefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) won the Moto2 race, with British rider Bradley Smith (Tech 3) crossing the wet finish line in second and Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2) in third.

Championship leader Stefan Bradl led off the start of a drizzly and cold 18 laps whilst second position starter Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) challenged the German rider, passing him for the lead early in the race, but it was the Championship points leader Bradl who led the field across the finish line, negotiating precarious track conditions that steadily worsened throughout the race.

Smith had a fantastic start off the grid, moving to 13th on the first lap after starting 28th. He steadily made his way through the field, at one point locking horns with fellow Brit Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing), to take the second spot on the podium, his first podium for the 2011 season. Redding crossed the line in fifth.

Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project), looking for his first Moto2 victory, chased the front runners from the start of the race, setting some of the fastest laps of the race to catch the front. The Italian passed Bradl for the lead on lap 5 and quickly pulled away, until he crashed out of the race on lap 6.

Michele Pirro started from sixth to finish in the third spot on the podium, moving him into tenth in the championship. Fourth place finisher was Jules Cluzel (NGM Forward Racing) who also started from fourth. Sixth to cross the line was Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) followed by Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) in seventh and Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag-CIP), who earlier was in second position until he ran off track on lap 11, rejoined to finish in eighth.

Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX), after crashing on the sighting lap, finished the race in ninth followed by Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project), who pitted early in the race with a problem but rejoined to finish tenth.

Pole position starter Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol), after a poor start off the grid, crashed out on lap 6.

The difficult conditions and standing water on the track produced more several casualties, including Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) who crashed early in the race, Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) who was caught with nowhere to go behind a battle between Corsi and Márquez, Axel Pons (Pons HP 40) who crashed in the first lap, after crashing out of qualifying the day before, and Raffaele De Rosa (SAG Team) who crashed on lap 9.

Anthony West (MZ Racing), who moved as high as 16th lap after starting 36th and Kenny Noyes (Avintia-STX) both retired from the race.

[Press Release Courtesy of MotoGP]

Bradl Extends Lead With Dominating Catalunya Win

bradl_at_catalunyaPole position starter and championship leader Stefan Bradl took a dominating third win of the season in the Moto2 race, giving him a 43-point lead in the standings.

The young Marc Márquez steadily made his way through the field at his home track to finish second, and Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) who started from the front row for only the second time in his career, produced his first podium finish of his GP career with a third place. Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) finished in fourth.

A sunny start saw the German Bradl leading the field, pursued by Aleix Espargaró of the Pons HP 40 team off the start. Fellow Spaniard Julián Simón overtook Espargaró with 11 laps to go, but a determined Espargaró was in top form in front of his home crowd, and put up a fight and took back the position.

Dominique Aegerter of Technomag-CIP lowsided with eight laps to go, and team mate Kenan Sofuoglu was involved in a spectacular crash that took out Julián Simón three quarters into the race. Sofuoglu appeared to have made contact with the rear wheel of Simón, sending the Spanish rider into a highside and taking him out of the race. Simón sustained a fractured right tibia and fibula in the crash. Following the incident it was confirmed that a hearing organised by Race Direction will be held this Thursday (June 9th).

Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) crashed out along with last year’s Catalunya race winner Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) with 18 laps to go. Bradley Smith (Tech 3) managed to avoid being collected in the crash, but later ran off in the last lap to finish the race in 19th.

The battle for fifth was close, with Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing) finally nabbing the spot, just in front of Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) in sixth and Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) in seventh. Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) followed in eighth, in front of Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX). German rider Max Neukirchner (MZ Racing) completed the top ten.

The close racing produced several more non-finishers, including Axel Pons (Pons HP 40), American rider Kenny Noyes (Avintia-STX), Javier Forés (Mapfre Aspar), Mike di Meglio (Tech 3) and Robertino Pietri (Italtrans Racing). Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda Singha-SAG) did not start after crashing in the morning warm up session.

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Bradl Beats Simon For Estoril Win

bradl_wins_in_estorilStefan Bradl took his second win of the 2011 racing season today by a narrow margin ahead of Julian Simon. Yuki Takahashi completed the podium with an emotional race following the tragic loss of his brother.

Bradl started the race from the pole position, his third time this season, but was never able to pull ahead for a comfortable lead. Simon was always close behind, and in the last few laps the two but on an entertaining battle for the race win. Bradl was able to hold off Simon, however, and won his second race of the season by .1 seconds.

There was a big gap behind the top two riders, allowing Yuki Takahashi to coast to third place. It was a powerful and emotional return to the podium for Takahashi, who lost his brother in a car accident last week.

Dominique Aegerter achieved his best result in the Moto2 so far with a fourth place finish, beating out Simon Corsi by a few tenths of a second.

Andrea Iannone, who is currently second in the standings, was on his way to victory before he crashed with a few laps to go. Iannone was able to pickup his bike and restart, but was only able to muster a 13th place finish, 42 seconds behind the leader.

Moto2 Race Results – Estoril

  1. Bradl
  2. Simon
  3. Takahashi
  4. Aegerter
  5. Corsi
  6. Espargaro
  7. Krummenacher
  8. Baldolini
  9. Di Meglio
  10. Rabat

Moto2 Standings

  1. Bradl – 61
  2. Iannone – 48
  3. Corsi -37
  4. Luthi -36
  5. Simon -36
  6. Takahashi – 27
  7. De Angelis – 26
  8. Smith – 20
  9. Aegerter – 16
  10. Pirro -15

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Bradl Opens 2011 Moto2 Season With a Victory

Bradl_moto2_race__qatarStefan Bradl has just started the 2011 Moto2 season in the best possible way. The young German took the first victory of 2011, and he did it in convincing fashion.

Bradl started the race in the pole position, and slowly Bradl extended his lead to more than 4 seconds. Behind Bradl, Andrea Iannone and Tomas Luthi battled for the remaining spots on the podium.

Iannone had a lot to work to do early on as he started from 16th on the grid. But Iannone was able to work his way up to the middle of the pack by the end of lap 1, and by the end of lap 2 he was fighting at the front. Iannone would eventually pass up Luthi to claim his 17th podium of his career.

Luthi would take the final spot on the podium, beating out Yuki Takahashi and Alex De Angelis.

Moto2 Results – Qatar

  1. Bradl
  2. Iannone
  3. Luthi
  4. Angelis
  5. Takahashi
  6. Corsi
  7. Cluzel
  8. Pirro
  9. Smith
  10. Simon

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com