Moto2™ grid to challenge Márquez supremacy in Czech Republic

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The Moto2™ field will have its work cut out as it takes to the Brno track next weekend for the bwin Grand Prix Ceské Republiky with Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez looking in ominous form.

After a dominant display at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, Márquez now holds a 39-point lead over closest rival, Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró, who will be desperate to claw back points on his compatriot. The championship leader has now also cemented his place as the most successful teenager in the GP class with 22 wins; one more than Dani Pedrosa. Márquez and Espargaró, who were second and sixth respectively last year at Brno, may however find their biggest challenge in the form of Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone. The Italian may have struggled last weekend, yet last year proved unstoppable as he carved his way through the pack to an emphatic victory at the Czech track.

Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi, who had a disappointing race for his standards last weekend, will be hoping to return to podium-challenging ways to chase Iannone and Espargaró in the championship standings. He will however face stiff competition from Marc VDS Racing Team duo Scott Redding and Mika Kallio, who both looked on good form after their summer break, albeit in the latter stages of the last race. Tech 3 Racing’s Bradley Smith, who will be stepping up to MotoGP™ next year within his team, will hope to do so with a few more points on the board, and would welcome a good run in Brno.

This may be hampered by Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón, who was once again back on the pace in Indianapolis, scoring his first podium for the first time in over a year. And despite being taken out of the last race, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis might also have a say up at the front at a track he enjoys, having only just missed out on the podium there last year. One rider hoping to carry his pace through an entire race will be Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter, who was leading the early stages of the Indianapolis race. If he can match this pace for a prolonged period of time, he might be a dark horse once the Moto2™ field takes to the track in Brno.

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