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Bradl still out in front as Moto2 heads to Italy

Bradl still out in front as Moto2 heads to Italy

The German rider continues to hold a healthy advantage at the top of the Moto2 World Championship heading to Mugello, despite his first non-finish of the season at Assen.

Stefan Bradl remains the man to catch in Moto2 as the intermediate category prepares for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM this weekend, despite the German’s first DNF of the season at Assen in the previous round.

A crash with four laps remaining at the Cathedral registered the first non-scoring round of the 2011 campaign for the Viessmann Kiefer Racing rider, who nevertheless holds a 57-point lead at the top of the standings going into Round 8 this weekend. His closest pursuant is Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol), race winner at Assen and leader of the closely-bunched chasing pack.

One of a plethora of Italian riders in the class hoping for a strong home result (and still in search of his first Moto2 win) will be Simone Corsi, the Ioda Racing rider who sits just three points behind Márquez and who won the 125 Mugello race in 2008, whilst Bradley Smith (Tech 3) is a man in form. With third place at Assen – his second successive podium – Smith became the first British rider to take back-to-back podiums in the intermediate class since Tom Herron in 1978.

Level on points in fifth and sixth positions respectively are Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) and Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2), with Italians Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) and Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing) and San Marinese Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) all inside the top ten and hoping to capitalise on strong support this weekend. Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag-CIP) became the first Turkish rider to stand on a Grand Prix podium at Assen and will expect the result to have laid the way for more of the same.

Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) continues to be an absentee as he recovers from a broken leg with Jordi Torres stepping in to substitute for the Spaniard as he did at Silverstone, whilst on the other side of the garage David Salom comes in as a permanent replacement for Javier Forés. There will also be a wild card addition to the field in the shape of Italian rider Mattia Tarozzi (Faenza Racing), who will be on a Suter machine.


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