Oct 28, 2012
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by David Swarts
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Marc Marquez, the 2012 Moto2 World Champion. Photo courtesy of www.motogp.com
FIM Moto2 World Championship
Phillip Island Circuit
Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
October 28, 2012
Race Results (all using Honda engines and Dunlop tires):
1. Pol ESPARGARO, Spain (KALEX), 25 laps, 39:26.486
2. Anthony WEST, Australia (SPEED UP), -16.811 seconds
3. Marc MARQUEZ, Spain (SUTER), -16.837
4. Scott REDDING, UK (KALEX), -16.957
5. Dominique AEGERTER, Switzerland (SUTER), -26.018
6. Johann ZARCO, France (MOTOBI), -26.028
7. Simone CORSI, Italy (FTR), -26.091
8. Esteve RABAT, Spain (KALEX), -26.372
9. Randy KRUMMENACHER, Switzerland (KALEX), -26.474
10. Takaaki NAKAGAMI, Japan (KALEX), -26.580
11. Jordi TORRES, Spain (SUTER), -36.520
12. Bradley SMITH, UK (TECH 3), -36.565
13. Toni ELIAS, Spain (KALEX), -36.870
14. Xavier SIMEON, Belgium (TECH 3), -38.220
15. Mike DI MEGLIO, France (KALEX), -44.350
16. Yuki TAKAHASHI, Japan (FTR), -48.586
17. Ricard CARDUS, Spain (AJR), -48.763
18. Nicolas TEROL, Spain (SUTER), -48.768
19. Ratthapark WILAIROT, Thailand (SUTER), -52.487
20. Marcel SCHROTTER, Germany (BIMOTA), -52.569
21. Gino REA, UK (SUTER), -52.707
22. Tomoyoshi KOYAMA, Japan (SUTER), -72.087
23. Alessandro ANDREOZZI, Italy (SPEED UP), -81.455
24. Elena ROSELL, Spain (SPEED UP), -1 lap
25. Marco COLANDREA, Switzerland (FTR), -1 lap
26. Eric GRANADO, Brazil (MOTOBI), -2 laps
27. Mika KALLIO, Finland (KALEX), -2 laps, DNF, crash
28. Axel PONS, Spain (KALEX), -2 laps, DNF, crash
29. Julian SIMON, Spain (SUTER), -2 laps, DNF, crash
30. Eric GRANADO, Brazil (MOTOBI), -2 laps, DNF, crash
31. Thomas LUTHI, Switzerland (SUTER), -8 laps, DNF, crash
32. Andrea IANNONE, Italy (SPEED UP), -21 laps, DNF, retired
World Championship Point Standings (after 16 of 17 races):
1. Marquez, 299 points (clinched World Championship)
2. Pol Espargaro, 260
3. Iannone, 188
4. Luthi, 177
5. Redding, 161
6. Kallio, 119
7. Smith, 109
8. Rabat, 108
9. Aegerter, 99
10. Zarco, 94
More, from a press release issued by Dorna Communications:
At this weekend's AirAsia Australian Grand Prix, Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol's Marc MÃ¡rquez became the fifth Spanish rider ever to win a world title in the intermediate-class, and being the first ever to do so on a Suter chassis.
Marc MÃ¡rquez's debut World Championship campaign in 2008 immediately served notice of his talent, and he took a podium at Donington in his first season despite a shortened campaign due to injury. In 2009 he scored a single podium on his way to eighth overall, before his full talent truly blossomed in 2010 as he scored an incredible 10 victories from 12 poles on his way to the 125cc World Championship title. One of his most notable rides was the fight-back from last on the grid in Estoril to storm to victory.
Stepping up to Moto2 in 2011 the youngster got off to a rocky start, crashing out of the first two rounds. However, a first win in Round 4 at Le Mans laid the way for six more victories as he pushed Stefan Bradl for the title closely, until a crash in practice at the Malaysian GP ended MÃ¡rquez's season prematurely. Problems with his vision as a result of that crash cut short his 2012 pre-season, but he was well on the pace in the final Test at Jerez and was an instant favourite for the 2012 title.
And MÃ¡rquez did not disappoint as he took victory in the first race of the season in Qatar, and made his intentions clear with some tough and controversial overtakes in the race. A first DNF after a crash in a wet Le Mans gave his rivals hope, as compatriot Pol EspargarÃ³ mounted a strong challenge. Yet after a coming together of the two at their respective home race in Catalunya, where EspargarÃ³ crashed out and MÃ¡rquez collected valuable points, the title race was strongly skewed in the champion's favour.
A total of eight wins, one of which in Japan saw him fight his way through the whole pack, and 13 podiums ultimately saw the Spaniard take his maiden Moto2™ World Championship title before moving up to the Repsol Honda Team in the MotoGP™ premier class next season.
Marc MÃ¡rquez facts:
At the age of 19 years 254 days he is the third youngest rider of all-time to win the world title in the intermediate-class.
He is the fifth Spanish rider to win the intermediate-class world title, joining: Sito Pons (1988 & 1989), Dani Pedrosa (2004 & 2005), Jorge Lorenzo (2006 & 2007) and Toni Elias (2010).
MÃ¡rquez is the first rider to win the Moto2 world title using a Suter chassis.
He has already had eight victories in 2012, which is a new record for most Moto2 wins in a single season.
With 25 wins already in Grand Prix racing, Marquez has won more Grand Prix races than any other rider in the history of the sport whilst still a teenager.
2008: 125cc World Championship 13th position on KTM, 13 starts, 63 points
2009: 125cc World Championship 8th position on KTM, 16 starts, 94 points
2010: 125cc World Championship 1st position on Derbi, 17 starts, 310 points
2011: Moto2™ World Championship 2nd position on Suter, 13 starts, 251 points
2012: Moto2™ World Championship 1st position on Suter, 16 starts, 299 points
Birth date: 17/2/93
Birth place: Cervera, Spain
First Grand Prix: QAT 2008 125cc
First Pole Position: FRA 2009 125cc
First Podium: GBR 2008 125cc
First GP Victory: ITA 2010 125cc
Grand Prix Starts: 77
Grand Prix Victories: 25
Pole Positions: 28
Race Fastest Lap: 15
World Championship Wins: 1x125cc, 1xMoto2