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Pirro scores his first win at Valencia

Gresini Racing’s Michele Pirro rode to his first Moto2 win at the Gran Premio Gernerali de la Comunitat Valenciana, in emotional conclusion to the final race of the season for the Gresini Team. Mika Kallio and Dominique Aegerter completed the podium.

Pole position starter Michele Pirro claimed his first ever GP win in the final round of the season at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, crossing the line over six seconds ahead of Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) who scored his first podium of the season. The result for the Gresini Team was a fitting tribute to their fallen rider MotoGP Marco Simoncelli, and a was welcome finish to a weekend they had previously questioned participating in.

Pirro’s team mate Yuki Takahashi had joined him on the front row of the damp grid, the Japanese rider launching well off the start and holding the lead until lap five when an unfortunate crash in the slippery conditions put and end to his race. With Pirro inheriting the lead, the battle for second between Kallio (Marc VDS Racing), Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX) and Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) ensued, with the Finn claiming second ahead of the Swiss rider Aegerter when Hernández rode off the track.

A four way battle for behind the leaders between Anthony West (MZ Racing), Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2), Kenny Noyes (Avintia-STX) and Xavier Simeon (Tech 3 B) went to the line, with Australian West coming out on top of the pile to take fourth position ahead of American rider Noyes in fifth.

Hernandez took sixth, with Mike di Meglio (Tech 3 Racing) seventh ahead of Simeon. Max Neukirchner (MZ Racing) and Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) completed the top ten, while World Champion Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) fell from 7th position early in the race.

Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) crossed the line 11th to claim third place in the Championship, beating out De Angelis who followed the Italian across the line in 12th.

Tags:
Moto2, 2011, RAC

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