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Moto2: Marquez last to first again in Valencia

World champion Marc Marquez powers from last on the grid to victory in his final Moto2 race at Valencia.
By Lisa Lewis

Catalunya Caixa Repsol rider Marc Marquez took a stunning victory from last place on the grid in the final Moto2 race of the season at Valencia.

Marquez, who had been penalised for a collision with Simone Corsi in practice, was up to eleventh on the first lap and went on to pass race leader Julian Simon with three laps to go.

The newly crowned champion had not been on the podium before at the Cheste circuit until today's win by +1.256 seconds.

Victory also gives the young Spanish star a record points total in the intermediate class, his final total of 324 overtakes the previous best of 322 set by legend Daijiro Kato in the 250cc class in 2001.

Simon gave everything on his Blusens Avintia to try to put a halt to the charging Marquez, but is still without a Moto2 victory, finishing second.

Nico Terol had stormed to the front at both his and his Mapfre Aspar teams home circuit, the Suter rider had his best qualifying since moving to Moto2 and then fought it out for the lead with Simon, who took control when the rain returned and pulled out a lead over his fellow Spaniard. Eventually Terol finished third, his first top ten finish since moving up to Moto2.

Tom Luthi had a strong second half of the race crossing the line fourth for the Interwetten paddock team while Technomag CIP rider Dominique Aegerter who was on the podium in Valencia last year came close to repeating the feat but had to settle for fifth.

Jordi Torres continued the strong performance for the Aspar team at home with a sixth place finish.

Mika Kallio was the first non-Suter finisher placing his Kalex Marc VDS machine in seventh, Pol Espargaro's Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex followed in eighth, a great recovery as he slid out during the race but kept the bike running to rejoin.

Former Moto2 champion Toni Elias was ninth for the Italtrans team (Kalex) while Espargaro's team mate Tito Rabat also managed to finish inside the top ten.

Andrea Iannone was eleventh for the Speed Master team (Speed Up) closely followed by the highest finishing Brit, Gino Rea, who had made an excellent start after latching on to the back of a charging Marquez, manoeuvring his Federal Oil Gresini as high as third only to lose the front battling for position with Marquez and Aegerter. He finished twelfth.

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B. Andy

November 11, 2012 2:10 PM

Simply the best in moto2. He had no match this year. What a champion! Dorna's favorite or not, big team behind, whatever... his talent was unmatched this year! You like him or not, he washed the floor in moto2. Bring on 2013!

Ethan - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 6:26 PM

extra ordinary talent just flawless it was amazing to see how he took 10 riders until the first corner on the very fast lap motogp would be more interesting next year

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