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Iannone storms to Aragón victory

Iannone storms to Aragón victory

The Italian’s third win of the season was a comfortable one in the Moto2 Gran Premio A-Style de Aragón on Sunday, as Julián Simón and Gabor Talmacsi completed the podium with Toni Elías fourth.

Andrea Iannone took his third win of 2010 in the Moto2 World Championship at Aragón on Sunday with another dominant win, securing victory from pole position by a margin of 6.203s over second placed Julián Simón. Iannone’s Fimmco Speed Up team-mate Gabor Talmacsi completed the podium with Championship leader Toni Elías fourth.

The quartet managed to avoid a crash at turn one which collected Alex Baldolini (Caretta Technology Race Dept), Mattia Pasini (Vector Kiefer Racing), Fonsi Nieto (G22 Holiday Gym), Ricky Cardús (Maquinza-SAG Team) and Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX) – all of whom escaped uninjured – and it was Iannone who led from the start as he immediately began to open up a gap at the head of the race.

Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) was running towards the front when he suffered the disappointment of crashing out having started from the front row, and it was left to Simón, Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2) and Talmacsi to begin the battle for the final two podium spots.

Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) were part of a chasing pack which Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) later joined, whilst Championship leader Toni Elías (Gresini Racing) overcame a difficult grid position of 12th to rise to fifth by the midway point of the race.

All the while at the front however Iannone was riding a comfortable race with a solid lead, which stood at as much as eight seconds towards the closing stages. The Italian eventually repeated his wins from pole which came at Mugello and Assen, with Simón holding off Talmacsi’s challenge. It was the Mapfre Aspar rider’s third consecutive second place finish, with Talmacsi taking a well-deserved first podium of the season.

Elías completed an impressive recovery from the third row to end fourth, coming close to catching the final podium spot, with Corsi, Cluzel, Aegerter, Redding and Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) following him across the line. Another impressive ride in 10th came from Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki) who overcame a difficult qualification position of 20th to again score points.

There was bitter disappointment for British wild card Kev Coghlan (Monlau Joe Darcey) however who had enjoyed a good weekend, qualifying in 13th. The Scottish rider suffered mechanical issues that meant he started from Pit Lane and he was later forced to retire from the race.

Elías remains at the top of the standings and is now on 224 points, 76 ahead of Simón who retains second place. Iannone moves into third and is now four points off Simón, with Lüthi fourth and Corsi fifth.


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