Márquez takes Mugello Moto2 victory

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Sunday, 3 July 2011

Márquez wins a thrilling three way battle at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM, taking the victory at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM Moto2 race, with Bradl on the second podium step and Smith taking the third.

A three way battle for first position ensued between pole position starter Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol), Championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing), with the young Catalan rider emerging victorious, making him the youngest ever rider to take back to back victories in the intermediate class in the World Championship. He has now won three of the last five races.

Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) made a mistake early to drop back to fifth, but quickly made his way back to the race elbow to elbow, assuming the lead several times and finally finishing second in a breathless last lap which saw all three lead a various points on the track. Smith moved down to third from the lead after a close pass by Marquez literally pushed him wide, the third place finish his third successive podium of the 2011 season.

Fourth place finisher Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) started from the front row and ran as high as second in the race, touching elbows with Bradl one at least one occasion, while last year’s race winner Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) suffered enough tire wear in the last few laps to take him out of the battle with de Angelis to in finish fifth place.

Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) headed up the battle for six, in front of Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) in seventh, Max Neukirchner (MZ Racing) eighth, Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) ninth and Technomag-CIP duo Kenan Sofuoglu and Dominique Aegerter tenth and eleventh.

Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) crashed out of 7th place but kept his FTR Moto2 bike running to reenter the field to finish 28th.

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