Marc Marquez dominates Indianapolis Moto2 race

By Matthew Birt -

MotoGP

 19 August 2012 18:38

Marc Marquez increased his lead in the Moto2 world championship to a commanding 39-points after dominating this afternoon’s 26-lap race in Indianapolis.

Once the former 125GP world champion seized the lead from fast starting Dominique Aegerter on lap four, Marquez never looked in any danger of squandering the opportunity to clinch his fifth win of the season.

He needed only two laps after hitting the front of the field to open up a comfortable advantage of 2.120s over Italian rival Andrea Iannone.

His advantage was then extended to over four seconds on lap 12 as nobody had the pace to match the supreme Spaniard, who will switch to MotoGP in 2013 as Casey Stoner’s replacement at Repsol Honda.

Closest rival Pol Espargaro was a distant second and 5.855s adrift but his victory hopes disappeared after a sluggish start from pole position.

It took him eight laps to get to the front of the pack mounting a fruitless pursuit of Marquez. By that stage Marquez was almost three seconds clear, though Espargaro did limit the damage somewhat by holding off fellow Spaniard Julian Simon to claim second.

Simon was third ahead of a scrap for fourth place that at one stage involved five riders, which was eventually won by Finnish rider Mika Kallio over Thomas Luthi.

Scott Redding was easily the leading British rider in a hard fought sixth while early leader Aegerter eventually took the chequered flag in seventh.

After his stunning battle for the podium at the last round in Mugello, it was back down to earth with a big thud for Tech 3 Racing rider Bradley Smith. The Oxfordshire rider struggled to a lowly 16th and he was a massive 39.240s behind Marquez, while Gino Rea also toiled in the scorching heat at Indianapolis to finish 20th.

1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 145.4 45'13.763
2 20 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 145.1 +5.855
3 16 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 144.9 +9.394
4 13 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 144.6 +15.549
5 11 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 144.6 +16.138
6 10 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 144.5 +16.805
7 9 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 144.3 +21.359
8 8 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 144.3 +21.368
9 7 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 144.0 +25.873
10 6 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 144.0 +26.471