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Iannone takes home win in gripping Moto2 contest

Iannone takes home win in gripping Moto2 contest

It was a comfortable victory at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM for the Fimmco Speed Up rider, with an amazing contest for the remaining podium positions which were eventually taken by Gadea and Corsi.

Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up) won the Moto2 Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Mugello by a margin of 2.764s on Sunday, delighting the home crowd as the battle for positions two to six provided a riveting contest. Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons) took second place and Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2) made it a second Italian on the podium as he rose from 26th on the grid to take third place with an incredible ride.

A characteristically edge-of-the-seat start to the race saw the entire field pile into Turn 1, and as they emerged from the first point of close contact it was pole holder Iannone who led. The Italian stretched his lead early on with a blistering pace whilst a fine battle for second began to play out behind him.

Lukas Pesek (Matteoni CP Racing) was the first rider to crash out as Iannone’s Fimmco Speed Up team-mate Gabor Talmacsi, Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing), Toni Elías (Gresini Racing Moto2), Alex Debón (Aeroport de Castelló-Ajo), Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP), Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Racing) and Gadea all locked horns in the pack that followed the Italian rider.

Cluzel was ruled out of that group on lap four when he crashed out in second position, leaving the remaining riders to jostle for position as they all fought closely for the entire race. Others who experienced crashes as the race wore on included Mattia Pasini (JiR Moto2), Raffaele De Rosa (Tech3 Racing) and Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar).

Corsi may not have been part of the early pack of contenders but by the halfway point of the race he had crept up to force his way into the top six, battling Elías and pushing the other riders hard.

Iannone had by this stage built up an advantage of almost three seconds at the head of the race as his adversaries clashed further back, and as the final laps came round Tomizawa almost went into the back of Gadea. The Japanese rider rose to second shortly after before going wide and dropping back to sixth, as it became clear that the race for the podium would go all the way to the finish line.

The last lap provided drama, numerous position changes and a fine exchange between Gadea and Corsi as they both strived for second, with the Spaniard eventually crossing the line ahead of Corsi to follow victor Iannone. Lüthi was just 15-thousandths further back in fourth, with Championship leader Elías fifth and Tomizawa in sixth. The top ten was completed by Talmacsi, Yuki Takahashi (Tech3 Racing), Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) and Debón.

Elías remains at the top of the Championship standings with 74 points, with Tomizawa staying in second on 55 and Corsi in third on 51. Gadea sits fourth on 46, whilst Iannone’s win lifts him to fifth, level on 38 points with Lüthi.

Tags:
Moto2, 2010, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, RAC

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