Karel Abraham claimed a surprise win in the final Moto2 race of the season. The Czech rider, moving to MotoGP in 2011, benefitted from a Toni Elias crash after the champion clashed with Iannone on the last lap. Abraham though thoroughly deserved his win after a spirited ride that cast aside alot of the doubts about his ability to ride a Ducati next season.
This race was unquestionably one of the best of the season with drama all the way. The race started with Elias losing ground at the start after the pole-sitter fell back to fifth. He made his way through the field though and was quickly in contention. The star of the early running though was World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu who threw down a marker for next season with a strong start to the race.
Ultimately the Turkish rider’s race ended early; he clashed with Stefan Bradl at the first corner on lap nine. Bradl only lasted two more laps before the Portuguese Grand Prix victor crashed out of the battle from the lead after losing the front end through the fast flip flop at the end of the lap.
This left a battle for lead involving Iannone, Simon, Elias, Abraham, Redding, Luthi and De Angelis. After a series of dramatic laps that saw numerous overtaking moves between the leaders De Angelis started to lose ground and it became a battle of six. Simon looked very strong and took the lead from Iannone but the Italian, who had appeared to struggle, quickly reasserted himself with Abraham lurking behind them ready to capitalise on any mistake.
Elias was making his way through the field and eager to sign off from his title winning season with another victory. His desire to win though meant that he forced his bike through the inside of Simon for second but this also led him into a gap that was too small and he clashed with Iannone. With Iannone running wide Abraham was able to find his way through to lead with only half a lap remaining of the race.
Julian Simon must have fancied his chances of moving through into second from Iannone but the Spaniard was not able to find a way through. This left Abraham clear to clinch his first Grand Prix victory. The transformation of the Czech rider since the announcement of his promotion to MotoGP has been startling. His performance today showed remarkable progress from the rider that started the season as a potential crasher at seemingly every corner. With the paddock openly questioning whether it was safe to have him in the premier class Abraham answered those questions with aplomb today.
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap 1. Karel Abraham FTR 43m49.499s 2. Andrea Iannone Speed Up + 0.522s 3. Julian Simon Suter + 0.583s 4. Thomas Luthi Moriwaki + 0.760s 5. Scott Redding Suter + 4.205s 6. Alex de Angelis Motobi + 5.385s 7. Simone Corsi Motobi + 11.399s 8. Sergio Gadea Pons Kalex + 21.420s 9. Dominique Aegerter Suter + 22.439s 10. Gabor Talmacsi Speed Up + 22.912s 11. Jules Cluzel Suter + 23.511s 12. Kenny Noyes Promoharris + 25.169s 13. Alex Debon FTR + 30.571s 14. Yonny Hernandez BQR + 31.077s 15. Xavier Simeon Moriwaki + 31.276s 16. Javier Fores AJR + 33.381s 17. Alex Baldolini ICP + 33.548s 18. Yuki Takahashi Tech 3 + 37.556s 19. Claudio Corti Suter + 38.602s 20. Michael Ranseder Suter + 38.763s 21. Hector Faubel Suter + 39.540s 22. Ratthapark Wilairot Bimota + 39.835s 23. Roman Ramos Mir + 39.849s 24. Raffaele de Rosa Tech 3 + 40.519s 25. Roberto Rolfo Suter + 42.803s 26. Mike di Meglio Suter + 44.234s 27. Anthony West MZ + 1m01.722s 28. Joan Olive Promoharris + 1m02.031s 29. Vladimir Ivanov Moriwaki + 1m09.526s 30. Toni Elias Moriwaki + 1m25.529s 31. Yannick Guerra Moriwaki + 1 lap 32. Mashel Al Naimi BQR + 1 lap 33. Hiromichi Kunikawa Bimota + 1 lap Retirements: Axel Pons Pons Kalex 26 laps Robertino Pietri Suter 22 laps Fonsi Nieto Moriwaki 18 laps Ferruccio Lamborghini Moriwaki 17 laps Stefan Bradl Suter 11 laps Kenan Sofuoglu Suter 9 laps Carmelo Morales Suter 7 laps Valentin Debise ADV 4 laps Ricard Cardus Bimota 0 laps