Victory for Lüthi at Malaysia

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Thomas Lüthi rode to his first Moto2 win in a red flagged shortened Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix ahead of Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaró.

The Interwetten Paddock Moto2 led the start of the race off pole position just ahead of Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and second row starter Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) into turn one at the Sepang International Circuit. But Bradl needed the win to take the Championship title at the Malaysian GP as title rival Marc Márquez (CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) was still sidelined after an early weekend crash leaving the Spaniard unfit to race.

The German rider appeared poised to do just that, as he and Márquez have won all of the intermediate class races but one this season. Bradl took over the lead on the first lap leaving Lüthi to fight for second with Espargaró brothers Aleix (Pons HP 40) and Pol (HP Tuenti Speed Up) as Takahashi had a moment and rode off the track.

Bradl was set up for the win, pulling a one second gap by mid race, but the Swiss rider eventually caught and pressured the Championship leader and with just three laps remaining, took over the lead just before the red flag was shown due to a crash from Axel Pons (Pons HP 40), ending the race with Bradl second and now required to battle Marquez once again at the final race of the season in Valencia.

Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) crossed the line third to clinch his second podium of the season, ahead of Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) who put a brilliant move on Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) and Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2) to finish fourth and Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) squeezed himself into fifth ahead of the red flag.

Kallio and Pirro finished sixth and seventh, ahead of Aleix Espargaró who had dropped off from fourth down to eighth. Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) rode to ninth with Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) completing the top ten.

Ten riders did not complete the race due to crashes or retirement, including Claudio Corti (Italtrans Racing) and Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) who had a spectacular collision mid race, and Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX) receiving a disqualification. Axel Pons was conscious but taken to the medical center for further checks on his condition.

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