MOTOGP » 29 September 2013
Aragon Moto2: Superior Terol dominates as heroic Redding fights back
Nico Terol eased away to win the Moto2 Grand Prix in Aragon, title rivals Pol Espargaro and Scott Redding fight to the line.
By Lisa Lewis
Nico Terol completed a triumphant weekend with an emphatic victory in the Moto2 Grand Prix in Aragon, winning by a clear 1.7 seconds and claiming to have found the windy conditions difficult.
The Spaniard, who celebrated his 25th birthday on Friday had dominated practice and used his corner speed and ease on the throttle to pull clear of the field, as he did in Austin, for his second win of the season.
The pole-sitter managed his tyres to perfection in the latter stages. Terol revealed recently that he has been suffering nutritional deficiencies and has been placed on a special diet to stop him fading in races and, although Tito Rabat started to reel him in with eight laps remaining, he remained unchallenged and took just the third Suter win of the season, all coming for Aspar riders.
Meanwhile, championship leader Scott Redding pulled out all the stops - gaining eight positions on the first lap!
This led to a fierce batte for position between the group chasing Terol, the Briton tussling with Pons Tuenti HP 40 riders Pol Espargaro and Tito Rabat, with Aspar's Jordi Torres and Italtrans rider Taka Nakgami also getting involved.
Rabat went on to pull away to guarantee second with the final laps seeing the main title contenders, Redding and Espargaro, swapping paint to try to gain the final podium spot.
The Marc VDS man showed his desire for the title with a hard move while fighting chatter at the final turn, moving ahead with three laps to go, but Espargaro pushed past on the last lap, the pair giving an amazing race to the line.
Espargaro made the rostrum an all Spanish affair, with the Briton finishing fourth. The result leaves a 20-point gap in the championship, with Redding still leading the way.
Mika Kallio caught the duo over the closing laps and finished just behind in fifth for Marc VDS, a strong performance for the team.
Jordi Torres put in a solid effort to finish sixth for Aspar the first of a spread of riders. Next to cross the line was Italtrans rider Julian Simon in eighth, followed by NGM Mobile racing's Mattia Pasini, the highest placed Speed Up rider.
The next group of racers had been close over the distance. Sandro Cortese took tenth as Nakagami recovered for eleventh.
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