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Moto2 Jerez: Dominant debut win for Rabat
5 May 2013
By Lisa Lewis
Tuenti HP 40 rider Tito Rabat won the Moto2 Spanish Grand Prix, his first Grand Prix win from 113 starts. He becomes the third different winner so far this season.
Leading from lights to flag the Pons Kalex rider now leads the championship by one point from his nearest rival on track at Jerez, Scott Redding. His previous best finish came at the last round in Texas, where he finished second.
Rabat carved out an early lead pulling away little by little to finish comfortably 4.261 ahead of Redding, seemingly having no difficulties with rising temperatures and tyre degradation after making a good start from pole.
Marc VDS rider Redding ran a mature race, and described his effort as being “on the limit” in parc ferme. Lapping at a constant pace he also had lonely race in second as he enjoyed his own gap over Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami.
The biggest battle came from Pol Espargaro's late attempt for third after catching Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami.
The Tuenti HP 40 rider had to catch the Japanese rider twice after Rafid Topan Sucipto got in his way after allowing Nakagami to pass him under the waved blue flag as he was being lapped.
Espargaro fought back for the final poduim spot while all the time losing tyre grip, with Nakagami making an all Kalex top four.
Fifth place was taken by the highest placed Suter of Mapfre Aspar's Nico Terol, who was just ahead of Desguaces La Torre rider Xavier Simeon, in sixth.
The belgian had a long battle for position with Aspars other rider, current Spanish Moto2 champion Jordi Torres, who had to settle for seventh.
Technomag carXpert rider Dominique Aegerter continued to make a solid start to the season in eighth. Former Moto2 champion Toni Elias enjoyed a return to form in ninth for the Blusens Avntia Team.
Marcel Schrotter on the second of the Desguaces La Torre bikes completed the top ten, after finishing just outside in the previous two races.
Tom Luthi's first full weekend back from injury saw him score eleventh for the Interwetten outfit . The first non Kalex or Suter finisher was QMMF's Ant West in twelfth on a Speed Up machine.
Also in the points were Came Iodaracing's Johann Zarco in 13th, ahead of Simone Corsi's NGM Mobile Recing bike with the final point awarded to his team-mate Alex De Angelis in 15th.
Randy Krummenacher finished 18th on his 100th Grand Prix start, while Ratthapark Wilairot ended the same milestone performance in the medical centre with a knee injury.
British riders Kyle Smith and Danny Kent both had excursions in to gravel over the course of the race, Tech3's Kent finished in 27th place, Blusens rider Smith recorded a DNF.
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