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Destination Misano as Moto2 title chase tightens up

Destination Misano as Moto2 title chase tightens up

German rider Bradl’s lead at the top of the intermediate category standings has been reduced to 28 points after the Indianapolis race, with Márquez aiming to further cut his rival’s advantage at the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini this weekend.

Marc Márquez’s fifth win of the season at Indianapolis brought the Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider to within 28 points of his main title rival Stefan Bradl, whose sixth placed finish (impressive in itself coming from 22nd on the starting grid) helped the Viessmann Kiefer Racing rider limit the damage considerably after a difficult weekend in America.

The duo stand some way clear of the chasing pack and are focused on their own personal battle for top spot, but just eight points separate five riders from third to seventh in the standings.

Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) and Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) both had disappointing Indianapolis result by their own high standards and will be hoping for more on home soil, especially San Marinese rider De Angelis. Likewise Italian rider Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) will have his sights set on a strong performance after finishing down in 14th from a front row start at Indy.

Rookie Bradley Smith (Tech 3) recovered from two consecutive DNFs with a solid fourth-placed finish in Indy and will be confident of further progress at Misano, and Swiss rider Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) was another rider who would have expected more in the States but ended the weekend disappointed with 17th. The former 125 World Champion’s quest for a first win in the class continues at Misano.

Julián Simón’s (Mapfre Aspar) injury-blighted season appears to be back on course and the Spaniard will want to keep advancing at a fair pace. First time Moto2 podium finishers Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) and Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) will also be flying high after their Indianapolis exploits, where an all-Spanish podium in the intermediate class was witnessed for the first time. With the two rookies having stepped onto the rostrum there are now 14 different riders who have finished on the podium in Moto2 this year.

Japanese rider Tomoyoshi Koyama, currently competing in the Moto2 class in the CEV Buckler (Spanish National Championship) and a former World Championship 125 regular, will ride in place of the injured Kenan Sofuoglu for the Technomag-CIP team this weekend, after the Turk suffered foot fractures in a practice crash at Indianapolis and required surgery.

There is also provision for a single wild card entrant in the Moto2 class this weekend, with Italian rider Alessandro Andreozzi riding under the Andreozzi Reparto Corse team name on an FTR machine.


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