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German Moto2: Aegerter takes first win after Kallio battle

Dominique Aegerter scores first win after a last lap pass on Mika Kallio in the German Moto2 Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, title leader Rabat missed out on the podium.
Dominique Aegerter held off Mika Kallio for a debut victory at the German Moto2 Grand Prix, after the pair enjoyed a race long battle at the front.

The Technomag carXpert rider had been looking strong all weekend and started from pole. The Swiss man had already made a big move for the front when he and Kallio hit upon back marker Nina Prinz.

Lapping the wild-card rider allowing Kallio to immediately get right back behind his rival and hit the front again as their battle continued.

Aegerter made his final lunge at turn twelve on the final lap blocking and holding off the Marc VDS rider to win by just 0.091 at the chequered flag.

It marks Aegerter's first win in 129 Grand Prix starts and it comes on his 77th Moto2 start, neatly matching his race number.

It is also Suter first win since Nico Terol crossed the line first at Valencia, the final race of 2013.

Kallio's second place means he cuts his team-mates championship lead to just 19 points as Tito Rabat continued his record of never having recorded a podium finish in Germany.

That third position was won by NGM Forward Racing's Simone Corsi, ten seconds adrift of the leading pair, who snatched the position at the final corner at the same circuit where he made his only podium appearance of 2013.

That left Rabat in fourth in the four-way battle for third, just ahead of top rookie finisher Maverick Vinales who recovered well after qualifying for Paginas Amarillas HP 40 down in 13th, making up places quickly at the start of the race.

The revelation of the race was Franco Morbidelli. After qualifying fifth a spirited ride from the rookie saw the Italtrans teenager take the race to Tito Rabat in the opening laps, repeatedly swapping position before settling for sixth just behind the Spaniards.

Seventh across the stripe was Randy Krummenacher for Octo IodaRacing, his highest finish of the year, just thousandths ahead of Mattia Pasini in eighth in another close battle for position down the order.

Tom Luthi made it three Swiss riders in the top ten just a touch later for Interwetten as he took ninth with Federal Oil Gresini rider Xavier Simeon slipping into the top ten finishers.

Tech 3's Ricky Cardus just lost out to the Belgian and was 11th with his Tech 3 team-mate Marcel Schrotter the best placed German next to finish in 12th.

SAG Team rider Louis Rossi was 13th while the final points went to Pons man Luis Salom in 14th and AGR rider Axel Pons in 15th place.

It was a tough outing for the British Pair of Sam Lowes and Gino Rea, the Speed Up of Lowes finishing 20th ahead of Rea in 25th

In a race littered with crashes Azlan Shah was the first to fall while an early high side crash ended frontrunner Jordi Torres hopes of success for Aspar.

Alex De Angelis bike was cleared under double yellow flags as it was left in the middle of the track and out of sight when the Forward Racing rider crashed late in the race.

The only sighting of Jonas Folger's special Bavarian paint job was as he retired his broken AGR bike to the pits with 21 laps still remaining. Fellow German Sandro Cortese also had his Dynavolt Intact GP bike fail later in the race.

Also crashing out were Lorenzo Balsassarri, AirAsia Caterham's Johann Zarco, who walked away from his flaming, spinning spectacle of a bike while his team-mate Josh Herrin retired to the pits.
by Lisa Lewis


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JedPB67

July 14, 2014 8:16 AM

When Aegerter passed Kallio with 4 to go I was like "Noooo, it's too early Domi!" but he played it so cool to take that debut win and leave it to the penultimate corner. Incredible race and show of nerves from both riders!



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