Moto2 at Sepang saw Thomas Luthi win the red-flag shortened affair ahead of points leader Stefan Bradl.
Interwetten rider Thomas Luthi claimed victory in the red-flag shortened Moto2 race at Sepang. Luthi took the win ahead of championship points leader Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaro. Bradl’s championship rival, Repsol’s Marc Marquez, watched the race from the sidelines – as the Spaniard was deemed unfit to compete following a hard crash during Friday’s practice sessions.
Bradl needed a win to close out the Moto2 title, and appeared ready to do so after the first lap. The Viessmann Keifer Racing star took the lead from Luthi in the opening laps, but lost the position to the Swiss rider with three laps to go. But Bradl wouldn’t have an opportunity to recapture first, as the red flag was shown following a crash by Pons HP 40 rider Axel Pons.
Pol Espargaro (Tuenti Speed Up) finished third behind Bradl, with Alex de Angelis (JIR Moto2) and Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) rounding out the top five.
The second-place finish by Bradl gives Marquez a glimmer of hope heading into the season finale at Valencia. At 23 points back, a win by Marquez and zero points scored by Bradl will give the title to the Spaniard. The two riders have dominated Moto2 in 2011, Bradl with four victories and Marquez with seven.
2011 Moto2 Sepang Results:
1. Thomas Luthi (Suter)
2. Stefan Bradl (Kalex) +0.187
3. Pol Espargaro (FTR) +7.465
4. Alex de Angelis (Motobi) +9.127
5. Dominique Aegerter (Suter) +11.494
6. Mika Kallio (Suter) +11.903
7. Michele Pirro (Moriwaki)
8. Aleix Espargaro (Kalex) +12.963
9. Andrea Iannone (Suter) +14.098
10. Scott Redding (Suter) +16.697
11. Esteve Rabat (FTR) +19.568
12. Kenan Sofuoglu (Suter) +24.885
13. Jules Cluzel (Suter) +25.345
14. Mike di Meglio (Tech 3) +26.696
15. Xavier Simeon (Tech 3) +32.806
2011 Moto2 Championship Points:
1. Stefan Bradl – 274
2. Marc Marquez – 251
3. Andrea Iannone – 172
4. Alex de Angelis – 170
5. Thomas Luthi – 151
6. Simone Corsi – 127
7. Bradley Smith – 121
8. Esteve Rabat – 79
9. Dominique Aegerter – 78
10. Yuki Takahashi – 77