West on podium as Marquez seals Moto2 title
Journeyman Australian rider Anthony West has scored his second podium in just seven days in an Australian Moto2 Grand Prix that saw Marc Marquez seal the 2012 title.
The race was dominated by Pol Espargaro, who entered the weekend as the only man with a chance to deny Marquez the crown.
Espargaro took the lead from Marquez on the third of 25 laps before pulling away with metronomic consistency to win by a stunning 16.81s.
Briton Scott Redding also slipped by Marquez to hold second for the majority of the race before dropping to fourth in the final laps.
West ran fourth for much of the going, slowly edging his way towards the Redding/Marquez battle. Arriving on the back of the duo with just four laps remaining, West made two decisive moves – the second of which came on the very last lap – to move into the runner-up spot.
A last-corner charge from Marquez saw the Spaniard slip by Redding before falling 0.03s short of West at the flag.
Dominique Aegerter, Johann Zarco, Simone Corsi, Esteve Rabat, Randy Krummenacher and Takaahi Nakagimi completed the top 10, with less than a second separating the six riders at the completion of the race.
Finn Mika Kalio had been in the thick of the fifth-placed battle before falling at Turn 4 in the closing stages.
Regular front-runner Andrea Iannone was another to have a day to forget, with the Italian forced to retire on just the sixth lap as smoke poured from his Speed Up machine.
Thomas Luthi also had an early shower after a mid-race crash at Turn 4.
Championship winner Marquez will graduate to the MotoGP class next season, replacing Casey Stoner at the factory Repsol Honda team.
Results, Moto2, Phillip Island
|1||25||40||Pol ESPARGARO||SPA||Tuenti Movil HP 40||Kalex||169.2||39’26.486|
|2||20||95||Anthony WEST||AUS||QMMF Racing Team||Speed Up||168.0||+16.811|
|3||16||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol||Suter||168.0||+16.837|
|4||13||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||Marc VDS Racing Team||Kalex||168.0||+16.957|
|6||10||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||JIR Moto2||Motobi||167.3||+26.028|
|7||9||3||Simone CORSI||ITA||Came IodaRacing Project||FTR||167.3||+26.091|
|8||8||80||Esteve RABAT||SPA||Tuenti Movil HP 40||Kalex||167.3||+26.372|
|9||7||4||Randy KRUMMENACHER||SWI||GP Team Switzerland||Kalex||167.3||+26.474|
|10||6||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||Italtrans Racing Team||Kalex||167.3||+26.580|
|11||5||81||Jordi TORRES||SPA||Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2||Suter||166.6||+36.520|
|12||4||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Tech 3 Racing||Tech 3||166.6||+36.565|
|13||3||24||Toni ELIAS||SPA||Italtrans Racing Team||Kalex||166.6||+36.870|
|14||2||19||Xavier SIMEON||BEL||Tech 3 Racing||Tech 3||166.5||+38.220|
|15||1||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||FRA||Kiefer Racing||Kalex||166.1||+44.350|
|16||72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||JPN||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||FTR||165.8||+48.586|
|17||88||Ricard CARDUS||SPA||Arguiñano Racing Team||AJR||165.7||+48.763|
|18||18||Nicolas TEROL||SPA||Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2||Suter||165.7||+48.768|
|19||14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||THA||Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2||Suter||165.5||+52.487|
|20||23||Marcel SCHROTTER||GER||Desguaces La Torre SAG||Bimota||165.5||+52.569|
|21||8||Gino REA||GBR||Federal Oil Gresini Moto2||Suter||165.5||+52.707|
|23||22||Alessandro ANDREOZZI||ITA||S/Master Speed Up||Speed Up||163.5||+1’21.455|
|24||82||Elena ROSELL||SPA||QMMF Racing Team||Speed Up||161.9||1 Lap|
|25||10||Marco COLANDREA||SWI||SAG Team||FTR||161.9||1 Lap|
|36||Mika KALLIO||FIN||Marc VDS Racing Team||Kalex||167.4||2 Laps|
|49||Axel PONS||SPA||Tuenti Movil HP 40||Kalex||166.5||2 Laps|
|60||Julian SIMON||SPA||Blusens Avintia||Suter||166.5||2 Laps|
|57||Eric GRANADO||BRA||JIR Moto2||Motobi||156.0||2 Laps|
|12||Thomas LUTHI||SWI||Interwetten-Paddock||Suter||163.7||8 Laps|
|29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Speed Master||Speed Up||165.1||21 Laps|