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Moto2: Luthi takes wet win in Le Mans
20 May 2012 By Lisa Lewis
Thomas Luthi kept a cool head in treacherous conditions to claim his first Moto2 win of the year at a wet Le Mans.
Luthi led for most of the race and, despite a few moments, held onto his Suter and held off his rivals to cross the line the winner. He had won twice in France before in the 125cc class.
Claudio Corti raced strongly to claim his career best result on the Italtrans Kalex bike while Scott Redding kept his cool to bring home the Marc VDS in third his first podium in over a year.
Italian Andrea Iannone suffered several off track excursions during the race but managed to keep the Speed Master upright to finish a credible fourth, though seemed upset with his result.
Finland's Mika Kallio made it a great race for the Marc VDS team complimenting Redding's third place by finishing fifth overall on the Kalex machine.
Early leader Pol Espargaro finished sixth on his Pons 40 HP Tuenti fighting back after he ran off track, he leaves Le Mans as Championship leader.
Australian Ant West proved to be expert in the rain once again, finishing seventh for QMMF racing, still with the Moriwaki chassis other teams have discarded, from a qualifying position of 28th.
Max Neukirchner finished eighth for the Keifer Racing team,while Ratthapark Wiliarot picked up his and Gresini's first points of the season on his Thai Honda sponsored bike, finishing ninth.
Briton Bradley Smith compteted the top ten for Tech3 in his 100th start despite crashing on the very last corner.
Julian Simon finished the race in heroic style, having to push his Blusens machine across the line, running across in 13th.
Nico Terol finished 14th for the Mapfre Aspar team while team mate and compatriot Toni Elias 200th start ended in 12th .
The conditions proved tricky with just 19 bikes finishing the race. French hope Johann Zarco crashed out on the JiR while chasing down Luthi desperately trying to win his home grand prix with just three laps remaining.
Marc Marquez had a massive off, his Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol bike flew off into the distance as he flew into into the gravel, despite his teams efforts to mend his bike in the pits it ended his race.
Alex De Angelis had a a massive crash on his Forward racing Suter, with his fall pushing him into the path of the incoming riders, all of whom managed to avoid the San Marino rider.
British rider Gino Rea was having a strong race on the Federal Oil Gresini with the new Suter chassis, when on lap 8 he had an amazing save only to then get clipped by Zarco and end up in the gravel.
There were early crashes for Simone Corsi, Yuki Takahasi, Randy Krummenacher and Mike Di Meglio, De Meglio rejoined and crashed out again with 9 laps left. Takahashi rejoined to finish 18th Ricard Cardus landed on his knees as his Arguinano Racing Team sparked and briefly caught fire as he crashed out.
The Moto2 championship continues at the Catalunya circuit in Barcelona in two weeks time.