4 May 2014
Spain MotoGP: Spain Moto2: Kallio in control for Jerez win
Mika Kallio eases to victory in Moto2 Grand Prix of Spain in the Jerez to claim his second Moto2 win and close the gap on team-mate Rabat overall.
Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio stretched out a huge 2.434s lead on his way to victory in the Jerez Moto2 race, riding at his own pace after leading from the very first corner to the chequered flag.
The Finnish rider worked all Friday on used rubber to prepare himself for what was expected to be a tough end to the race, but tyre conservation would prove to be the only battle he would face as he cruised to an uncontested second career Moto2 win.
His 14th win in GP racing, Marc VDS Kalex rider Kallio is now sixteen points behind his team-mate Esteve Rabat in the championship standings after the Spaniard could only finish his home race in fourth.
Dominique Aegerter, back to full fitness after carrying a bug last weekend and seemingly rid of the engine troubles which have hindered him so far this year, kept Kallio in his sights for a second place finish, a career best result and his second podium of the year on his STechnomag carXpert Suter machine.
Similarly, there were celebrations in third place too as rookie Jonas Folger notched up a podium in only his third race in Moto2, the German making gains early on before sticking with the lead pace to run a relatively comfortably from start-to-finish. Indeed, though there were no Spaniards on the podium in for the race, third place marks a huge result for the AGR team, one of the smaller outfits on the grid.
A poor start prevented Rabat from ever getting into contention, the series leader forced to fight back after dropping to eighth, but excellent tyre management and passing moves saw the Spaniard pull himself back into contention and finish fourth.
The championship leader, who won a Jerez last year, saw his problems start on the warm up lap when a solution bottle attached to his helmet failed causing a big distraction and making it appear as if he had been sick.
Nonetheless, he retains a comfortable lead of 16 points in the overall standings, while he is also now well ahead of Maverick Vinales and Aegerter tied for third.
Another rider to struggle initially, Vinales had the pace later in the race to catch and pass his Pons team-mate Luis Salom, the pair finishing in fifth and sixth respectively.
Federal Oil Gresini rider Xavier Simeon crossed the line in seventh ahead of Johann Zarco who finally put some points on the board this season for the new AirAsia Caterham team with a eighth place finish.
Sandro Cortese and Tom Luthi had a race long battle with the German rider getting the best of his Swiss Interwetten rival for ninth.
The final championship points were the hardest fought with the shakedown for position coming at the final corner.
Anthony West came off best in eleventh for QMMF ahead of Aspar rider Jordi Torres in twelfth, though he did gain a place courtesy of a late crash for Takaaki Nakagami. Replacement rider Ricky Cardus snatched 13th for Tech 3, Julian Simon was 14th for Italtrans while Randy Krummenacher held off Axel Pons for the final point in 15th place.
Ratthapark Wilairot completed his replacement ride at Caterham in a respectable 19th just off the back of that battle.
Gino Rea's new swing arm could only help him to 26th as his catalogue of difficulties continued for AGT REA Racing.
Gresini's Lorenzo Baldassarri was the first to exit the race, walking away from his crash holding his wrist.
Sam Lowes also retired after a torrid race that saw him crash out of 11th place initially. Clawing his way back into the field, he then crashed again with seven laps to go, forcing the Speed Up rider to call it a day.
Also crashing out were Louis Rossi after losing the front end, Marcel Schrotter, Nakagami who crashed twice as did Simone Corsi who flew into the gravel from eighth place in the race and rejoined only to have an almost identical crash with three laps remaining.
Nico Terol was ruled out of his home round as he is still suffering from pain in his hip after crashing in FP3 on Saturday.
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