News 26 Aug 2011

Moto2 championship battle heating up as Marquez closes in on Bradl

Moto2 rookie Marc Marquez has been the in-form man of late in Moto2.

Moto2 rookie Marc Marquez has been the in-form man of late in Moto2.

The Moto2 category remains an intriguing encounter in which Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) continue to battle for race victories whilst eyeing one another’s progress, as the German leads his Spanish rival by a margin of 43 points in the standings.

Márquez crossed the finish line ahead of Bradl at Brno but the latter’s consistency this year is what has built him a healthy lead in the quest for the 2011 title.

Both were on the podium in the Czech Republic as they maintained their strong runs, but it was Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) who took victory as the Italian recovered the early-season form that had seen him marked out as a title contender.

With Bradl and Márquez somewhat distanced at the top the fight for third spot in the Championship is turning into an entertaining one, with Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) currently leading the way.

Iannone’s win lifted him back into the mix and alongside fellow Italian Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) and Swiss rider Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2).

British rookie Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) has suffered the disappointment of two straight DNFs after a run of three impressive podiums and will be eager to get back amongst the leading pack.

Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) is still looking to recover the kind of form that brought him podiums in Portugal and France, and the progress of rookie Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing) has been impressive in recent rounds although he crashed at Brno.

Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) will hope that a full week of further recovery time will allow him the chance to push at Indianapolis where he was second in last year’s Moto2 race.

Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) is in line to make his 100th Grand Prix start across all classes this weekend, and American participation in the Moto2 category will be tripled in Indianapolis.

Alongside Kenny Noyes (Avintia-STX), JD Beach comes into the world championship on a full-time basis for the Aeroport de Castello team, whilst Jake Gagne will ride an FTR as a wild card entry under the GP Tech banner.