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Espargaró takes stunning victory at Silverstone

Espargaró takes stunning victory at Silverstone

In a thrilling Moto2™ race it was Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró who took victory at the Hertz British Grand Prix in Silverstone ahead of Scott Redding and Marc Márquez.

The race was declared dry from the start and it was Tech 3 Racing’s Bradley Smith who got the holeshot along with Marc VDS Racing Team’s Redding. They made it a British one-two in the opening two laps as they were tussling for top spot. With 16 laps to go, the following group of Espargaró, Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone and Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez made their move on Smith, who looked to be struggling, and tucked in behind leader Redding.

Meanwhile it was drama early on for JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco, who crashed out and finished his race prematurely. With 14 laps left, a group of seven riders were pulling away from the pack also including Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi and Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti. Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi was heading the group fighting for eighth.

Two laps later it appeared as Redding and Espargaró were pulling out a slight advantage at the front, as Iannone and Márquez were involved in an exciting fight for the final podium spot. Yet just one lap later Espargaró pounced on Redding to take the lead, after which Iannone took advantage to slip into second. The Brit was then left to contend with Márquez all over his rear wheel, with Corsi having caught up as well.

Espargaró’s teammate Axel Pons crashed out with 10 laps to go, putting an end to a disappointing weekend for the Spaniard. A lap later Márquez got into Redding’s slipstream to pass the Brit further down into fourth and hunt down the leaders. However it was Espargaró who started to put the hammer down and pulled out a small gap at the front.

With Márquez not wanting his Spanish rival to get away, he overtook Iannone with seven laps left, with Redding also pushing past the Italian. A lap later Márquez looked to be slowing, which Redding took advantage of to go into second, as Corsi move past Iannone. This lasted for only two laps as Iannone retook his compatriot down the home straight. Meanwhile, the tussle for second was spicing up between Redding and Márquez as the two swapped positions frequently in the final laps. On the last lap it was an almighty fight to the line with Redding just edging out the Spaniard, much to the delight of the home crowd.

Yet in the end it was Espargaró who took the chequered flag for his second win this season, with Redding and Márquez occupying the final podium spots. They were followed by Andrea Iannone, Simone Corsi, Claudio Corti, Bradley Smith, Tom Lüthi, Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter and Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio.


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