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Moto2: Pirro wins for Gresini in Valencia

The melee over the final laps resulted in some unexpected results just behind, with Anthony West showing his prowess in tricky conditions yet again to claim an excellent fourth for MZ, while Kenny Noyes would break his 2011 points' duck in remarkable style by taking fifth.

Colombian Hernandez, who is tipped to be moving to MotoGP aboard a BQR CRT machine in 2011, was a frustrated sixth, ahead of Tech 3 duo Mike di Meglio and Simeon, the latter Belgian losing ground in the closing stages.

Max Neukirchner made it a fine day for MZ in ninth, ahead of Julian Simon, while Andrea Iannone sealed third in the standings by finishing 11th, compared to Alex de Angelis in 12th.

Elsewhere, newly crowned champion Stefan Bradl suffered only his second DNF of the season after crashing out on lap five, while Britons Smith and Scott Redding finished well outside the points after taking separate tumbles in the early stages.

Race results:

1. Pirro (Moriwaki) 46m 22.205s
2. Kallio (Suter) +6.150s
3. Aergerter (Suter) +6.363s
4. West (MZ-RE) +8.843
5. Noyes (FTR) +9.229s
6. Y. Hernandez (FTR) +9.926s
7. Di Meglio (Tech 3) +10.115
8. Simeon (Tech 3) +10.385s
9. Neukirchner (MZ) +13.018s
10. Simon (Suter) +13.365ss

23. Smith (Tech 3) +1m 15.394s
30. Redding (Suter) +1 lap

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MM - Unregistered

November 06, 2011 12:21 PM

Maximum respect to Pirro. Winning from the front in those exceptionally tricky conditions, especially after seeing his team mate go down heavily in the lead, was a remarkable ride and the emotion for the whole Gresini team was incredible. So glad he got the chance to stand on the top of the podium and do Simoncelli proud. Glad to hear Takahashi is relatively OK. Looked like he must have been heavily concussed at least.

Stu - Unregistered

November 06, 2011 12:26 PM

The end to that race brought a tear to my eye. Amazing. I can honestly say I've never wanted to rider to win more than Pirro. Just a shame for Takahashi.

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