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Moto2: de Angelis takes victory at Phillip Island

Alex de Angelis wins the Australian Moto2 Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
History repeated itself for Alex de Angelis at Phillip Island in Australia - when, as last year, he rode to victory from pole, but only after contact with title contender Stefan Bradl on the final lap.

Bradl began the race in eighth after Saturday's rain-interrupted qualifying, with title leader Marc Marquez at the back of the grid, having been penalised for a frightening Friday practice collision with Ratthapark Wilairot, which occurred after the chequered flag.

Marquez carved from 38th to 16th during an incredible first lap, then broke into the top ten on lap 4 of 25. Moments later Bradl took the lead from Scott Redding, the German having worked his way steadily forwards after a cautious first lap.

Bradl and de Angelis then began to edge clear, while Marquez continued to gain places, reaching fifth by lap 10.

Less than four-seconds from the leaders by the midway stage, Marquez passed Claudio Corti for a podium place with nine laps to go. But the Repsol rider's tyres were finally beginning to fade and the 18-year-old had to fight Corti to the flag before claiming the place.

Meanwhile, de Angelis had slipstreamed past Bradl into turn one at the start of the final lap, with the Kalex rider immediately trying to retaliate with an inside move at turn two. But there simply wasn't space and Bradl brushed the back of the JiR rider and was lucky to remain on track.

That left former MotoGP rider de Angelis to score his second ever Moto2 win by 1.358sec from Bradl, with Marquez 6.3sec from victory in third.

The result means that Bradl finally ended an eight-race losing streak to Marquez, and has retaken the title lead - but only by three points, with 50 still to play for.

Race results:

1. de Angelis (MotoBI) 25 laps
2. Bradl (Kalex) +1.358s
3. Marquez (Suter) +6.362s
4. Corti (Suter) +6.475s
5. P. Espargaro (FTR) +14.815s
6. Sofuoglu (Suter) +15.155s
7. Redding (Suter) +15.261s
8. Iannone (Suter) +16.047s
9. di Meglio (Tech 3) +16.331s
10. Takahashi (Moriwaki) +20.337s

18. Smith (Tech 3) +43.520s




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Bluey - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 12:03 PM

oh Jesus, all you crash whiners stop blabbering. what the h-ell do you want? 2012 or 2011 chassis, he started from the BACK and finished 3rd. from pole Bradl got pwnd by DeAngelis, as expected. he will lose, because he is simply not as fast as Marquez. now, please, shut it!

Max - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 10:54 AM

@previous posters Do not make assumptions and post drivel. Assumptions are the mother of all ...! It only brings down this site with more nonsense. Anyway, here's what happened: Aspar (must be the King of Spain... Always helping his nation) gave/lent Marquez his 2012 chassis. Why? Because his replacement rider for Simon wouldn't know the difference between the 2011 &2012 chassis. Good on him. Of course all the others have only 1 2012 chassis (Iannone, Redding, Luthi, etc.) & probably wouldn't give it to him anyway. Also disappointed that Masquez never thanked Aspar & never made an apology to Wilairot at the post race interview.



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