West on podium as Marquez seals Moto2 title

Marc Marquez wrapped up the Moto2 title at Phillip Island

Marc Marquez wrapped up the Moto2 title at Phillip Island (PIC: Ben O’Connor/Speedcafe.com)

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.

Australian Ant West on his way to second place in Moto2 at Phillip Island (PIC: Ben O'Connor/Speedcafe.com)

Australian Ant West on his way to second place in Moto2 at Phillip Island (PIC: Ben O’Connor/Speedcafe.com)

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

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
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
5 11 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 167.3 +26.018
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
22 75 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 164.2 +1’12.087
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
Not Classified
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


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