Mugello MotoGP: Iannone takes home victory

By Liam Marsden -

MotoGP

 15 July 2012 12:03

Italian rider Andrea Iannone has taken his second victory in three years at the Mugello circuit in front of his home crowd.

Iannone took the lead for the first time on the first corner of the final lap, relegating Pol Espargaro to second. Thomas Luthi finished third despite leading for a large portion of the race.

With eight laps to go it looked as though Espargaro would ease to victory after he pulled a substantial gap on the rest of the lead group.

Espargaro was lucky to stay on just prior to gapping the lead group after a collision with then race leader Luthi. The collision forced the rest of the group to brake heavily, but Espargaro managed to take the lead.

Brit Bradley Smith finished fourth behind Luthi, the Brit visually down on top speed after destroying a new, improved fairing during qualifying yesterday.

Championship leader Marc Marquez was unable to extend his championship lead, the Spaniard finishing fifth after a near crash which he saved on his elbow midway through the race.

Scott Redding managed to get the better of early race leader Takaaki Nakagami to finish sixth.

1 25 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 165.7 39'52.523
2 20 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 165.7 +0.090
3 16 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 165.7 +0.897
4 13 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 165.7 +1.025
5 11 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 165.5 +3.796
6 10 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 165.5 +3.911
7 9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 165.4 +4.425
8 8 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 165.0 +11.366
9 7 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 164.9 +12.817
10 6 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 164.8 +13.031
11 5 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 164.8 +13.129
12 4 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 164.8 +13.362
13 3 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 164.7 +15.199
14 2 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 164.5 +17.238
15 1 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 163.2 +36.556
16  14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 162.5 +47.701
17  72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 162.2 +51.966
18  3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 162.1 +53.969
19  8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 162.0 +54.654
20  10 Marco COLANDREA SWI SAG Team FTR 161.1 +1'08.279
21  57 Eric GRANADO BRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 160.7 +1'14.807
22  63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Cresto Guide MZ Racing MZ-RE Honda 156.3 1 Lap
23  95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 151.0 1 Lap