2012 Sepang Moto2 Race Result: Mixed Conditions Throw Up Thrilling Race
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Sepang:
Alex De Angelis has taken victory in a soaking Moto2 race at Sepang, after the race was red-flagged once the rain became too heavy to continue. With Marc Marquez crashing out due to the weather, the Spaniard was unable to clinch the title in Malaysia.
The race started late, after a torrential downpour left a lot of water on the track between the Moto3 and Moto2 races, the sun out but the track still soaking. Just how tough a race it would become was evident at the first corner, when Takaaki Nakagami came charging through from 4th to take the lead going into Turn 1. It was far too optmistic for the conditions, and Nakagami crashed out, leaving polesitter Pol Espargaro with the lead.
Espargaro was far from comfortable: the HP Tuenti rider started going backwards from the very first lap. Where Espargaro was cautious with the title fight in mind, others had nothing to lose, and the wet weather specialist started forging through the field. Julian Simon led at the end of the first lap, ahead of Alex De Angelis and and Scott Redding, while Gino Rea has blasted his way through the field to take 4th.
Simon, De Angelis and Rea started to pull a gap at the front, but the drying track made conditions unpredictable and hard on the tires. Other rain men were on their way, Ant West leading the charge, while Malaysian wildcard Hafizh Syahrin pushed had climbed all the way up to 6th by the end of lap 5, starting from 27th on the grid.
The drying track caused Julian Simon problems, the Spaniard dropping back through the field. That left De Angelis in the lead, with Rea behind him, and Ant West, Tom Luthi and Syahrin all chasing. The Malaysian was riding like a man possessed, and had soon knifed his way past Luthi and West and was on his way to De Angelis, who had lost the lead to Rea a lap earlier. Syahrin was then past De Angelis, and took the lead at the end of lap 9.
A battle unfolded between the three men at the front, as the rain started to fall more and more heavily. Syahrin's lead grew and then dwindled, the Malaysian losing out to De Angelis once again. De Angelis also pulled a gap, which Rea and West pulled back. As lap 16 began, it started to rain more heavily, with Rea taking over the lead at the final corner, but the race was red-flagged the next lap, before the final man on the same lap as the leaders had crossed the line. The race result was taken back a lap to lap 15, giving De Angelis the win, and Ant West and Gino Rea 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Marc Marquez had crashed out a few laps before the end, in position to tie up the championship, after coming under pressure from Andrea Iannone. His crash left Pol Espargaro in a position to score enough points to force the championship to go another race, Marquez leading Espargaro by 48 points.
|1||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||FTR||36'57.793|
|2||95||Anthony WEST||SPEED UP||36'58.503||0.710|
|6||29||Andrea IANNONE||SPEED UP||37'07.855||10.062|
|8||38||Bradley SMITH||TECH 3||37'24.750||26.957|
|20||82||Elena ROSELL||SPEED UP||38'15.600||1'17.807|
|12||Thomas LUTHI||SUTER||34'32.572||1 lap|
|63||Mike DI MEGLIO||KALEX||36'08.767||1 lap|
|93||Marc MARQUEZ||SUTER||29'42.366||3 laps|
|18||Nicolas TEROL||SUTER||30'06.805||3 laps|
|81||Jordi TORRES||SUTER||30'13.165||3 laps|
|57||Eric GRANADO||MOTOBI||17'00.150||9 laps|
|30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||KALEX||5'34.312||13 laps|
|19||Xavier SIMEON||TECH 3|
|22||Alessandro ANDREOZZI||SPEED UP|