Espargaro wins rain shortened Moto2 race


Pol Espargaro won a rain shortened Moto2 race atJerezwith the Spaniard claiming the success ahead of his compatriot Marc Marquez.

The race began in dry conditions but at half distance spots of rain started to fall. Suddenly the race changed from a 26 lap race to a dash to two thirds distance-the point at which the result stands with full points.

The battle for the win was contested by Espargaro, Marquez and Thomas Luthi but ultimately the home riders were able to dispense with Luthi and fight between themselves with the Swiss star only able to keep a watching brief in third.

On lap 16 Espargaro made his move past Marquez under braking into the hairpin at the end of the back straight and while Marquez fought back it was Espargaro who held sway.

The pair are well acquainted to fighting with one another for the win following their 125cc tussles but with Espargaro leading across the line to start lap 17 the Pons rider held the trump card when the race was red flagged one lap later.

Even though Marquez fought back to the front, and opened a healthy cushion to Espargaro, the decision to red flag the race meant that the results from lap 17, the last fully completed lap, would be the finishing position.

This promoted Espargaro to the top step of the rostrum and a maiden intermediate class victory. Espargaro has looked much more comfortable aboard the Kalex bike this year rather than his debut Moto2 season on an FTR. Having claimed a third place finish in the season openingQatarrace he now trails Marquez by just four points in the championship standings.

For Luthi it was a solid performance to claim the final rostrum spot ahead of Scott Redding. The Englishman, and his teammate Mika Kallio, were involved in a tight battle for the lead until the rain started to fall and he eased off to ensure a strong points finish.

Kallio on the other hand was on of the riders caught out by the spots of rain with the Finn running wide at turn eight and running through the gravel before rejoining and claiming a seventh place finish behind Takaaki Nakagami and Claudio Corti.

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