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Moto2: Bradl wins at Estoril

Stefan Bradl wins the Portuguese Moto2 race at Estoril, Kenan Sofuoglu loses seven second lead.
Stefan Bradl won the best race of the Moto2 season at Estoril on Sunday.

The young German took his first Moto2 win after a by just 0.068sec over Alex Baldolini in a thrilling race that saw World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu lose a lead of over seven seconds - and denied a podium on the run to the line.

After a weekend of wet weather the race was held on a dry track, but with occasional damp patches present, meaning slick tyres and a 'best guess' for set-up.

Riding for the Technomag-CIP (Suter) team in place of the late Shoya Tomizawa, Sofuoglu began the race from the outside of the front row - and still sore after a big highside in warm-up - then made an instant impression by outbraking both pole sitter Gabor Talmacsi and new Moto2 champion Toni Elias to lead into turn one!

The Turkish star had been shuffled back to third by the end of his first dry lap at Estoril, and moved back and forth over the next few laps - all while bashing his left handlebar on the straights, to try and correct some kind of problem.

Sofuoglu took the lead for the final time by passing Yonny Hernandez on lap four of 26, and the Colombian grand prix rookie later crashed out while trying to hang on to Sofuoglu.

Thereafter, Sofuoglu looked set to embarrass the established Moto2 riders as he disappeared into the distance - but it wasn't to last.

Talmacsi may have dropped down the order from second, but the riders that replaced him - Bradl and Alex Baldolini - began closing rapidly on Sofuoglu, who was losing rear tyre from the middle stages.

The pair - neither of whom had taken a Moto2 podium - both blasted pass Sofuoglu on lap 19.

Another rider was denied the chance of a memorable victory at almost the same moment when triple Moto2 race winner Andrea Iannone crashed from fourth.

The Italian, Talmacsi's Fimmco Speed-Up team-mate, began the race just 35th on the grid after the cancellation of qualifying, but was lapping almost a second quicker than new leader Bradl - less than three seconds in front of him - at the time of his exit.

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October 31, 2010 12:33 PM
Last Edited 2185 days ago

Great race! Sofuoglu definitely showed his class on a 600 there, only losing out thanks to lack of dry set up experience. He'll be a championship contender for sure next year. His performance indicates the quality of the best WSS runners. Redding 4th from 25th on the grid. Very impressive.

TheTroll - Unregistered

October 31, 2010 12:30 PM

Elias and the rest of the lot were lucky that SuperGlue was contesting another championship.If that guy doesn't have a Moto2 ride yet somebody better grab him up quick! Any true fan of the sport has to respect his ride today on an unfamiliar bike, unfamiliar track, and unfamiliar tires with an unfamiliar team. Go Kenan!

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