Round-up: Moto2 & Moto3 – Redding storms to first Moto2 win, Vinales controls Moto3.
Redding on his way to his Maiden Moto2 win Image: Marc VDS
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Moto3 had the best of the weather in Le Mans and got their race under way in officially dry conditions though the track was still damp and the sky poised for rain.
The championship leaders made a break at the front with Maverick Vinales, Jonas Folger, Alex Rins and Luis Salom moving away at the front.
It was Vinales who would time his move to perfection, picking the right moment to up the pace and gain his second win of the season in back to back races.
The victory at the scene of his first ever career win makes him the first rider to take two wins in moto3 this year, giving the Team Calvo rider a strong 13 point lead in the championship over Luis Salom.
Also making the French podium was Alex Rins who held his nerve to take second for Estrella Galicia, while the all-Spanish, all-KTM top podium was completed by Red Bull Ajo rider Salom.
Taking a chance on the softer option tyre proved a bad gamble for Mapfre Aspar’s Jonas Folger, it caused a few small errors meaning he had to settle for fourth.
Alex Marquez rode a steady race to put both the Estrella Galicia riders in the top five, he was followed across the line by Redox RW Racing’s Jakub Kornfeil who posted some of the fastest laps of the race to push forward to sixth.
Romano Fenati found some of his old form with a series of strong moves making him the highest placed Honda powered finisher in seventh for San Carlo Team Italia.
British rider John McPhee was just outside the top ten again for the Caretta Technology outfit, one place ahead of team-mate Jack Miller. Fellow Brit Danny Webb, who broke his foot in Saturday’s qualifying crash was not fit to race due to a concussion sustained in the accident.
Moto2 followed and was hit by the change of weather bringing the scheduled downpour and ending the race with 22 laps completed.
It was an excellent day for the Marc VDS team with Scott Redding taking his first ever Moto2 win, a first victory for the team.
The 20 year old Brit was joined on the all Kalex podium by his team-mate Mika Kallio, giving the Belgian team a one-two finish.
Belgian fans had even more to celebrate as Xavier Simeon scored the final podium spot for his Desguaces La Torre Maptaq team, beating home rider Johann Zarco, who at one point had lead the race, into fourth for the Came Iodaracing Project. The Frenchman was also the highest placing Suter rider.
Redding the only non-Spanish Grand Prix winner this season, and the first since Danny Kent won in 2012, now leads the championship by a hefty 24 points from Tito Rabat.
Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter had also been in with a podium shout but finished in fifth for the Technomag carXpert team.
Mike Di Meglio also faired well at home, the sole Motobi user finishing seventh for the Jir team.
The crashes in Moto2 were as notable as the excellent overtaking manoeuvres employed by Redding to hit the front.
After just a handful of laps the Tuenti HP 40 team riders Pol Espargaro, the championship favourite, and Tito Rabat, who entered the race leading the championship, both slid out simultaneously at the same corner. They were soon followed by Takaaki Nakagami, who was leading the race by more than three seconds at the time for the Italtrans team.
There were also crashes for Aspar’s Nico Terol and Interwetten Paddock man Tom Luthi.
British rider Danny Kent was just outside the points in 16th one place behind his Tech3 team-mate Louis Rossi. Blusens Avintia’s Kyle Smith didn’t go the distance while Gino Rea appeared to have technical issues with his FTR bike, though was able to go back out and gain some experience finishing 26th and ten laps adrift after having been as high as 12th place.
Moto3 Le Mans Race Top 15:
1.Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 42m 5.448
2. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 42m 6.712
3. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 42m 6.835
4. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 42m 20.041
5. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 42m 43.397
6. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 42m 45.743
7. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 42m 48.773
8. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 42m 48.985
9. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 42m 50.959
10. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 42m 51.122
11. John McPhee GBR Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 42m 56.900
12. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 42m 57.040
13. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 43m 4.161
14. Alessandro Tonucci ITA La Fonte Tascaracing (FTR Honda) 43m 4.418
15. Philipp Oettl GER Tec Interwetten Moto3 Racing (Kalex KTM) 43m 23.475
Moto2 Le Mans Race Top 15:
1.Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 36m 43.583s
2. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 36m 44.673s
3. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 36m 44.817s
4. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 36m 45.284s
5. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 36m 45.442s
6. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 36m 55.855s
7. Mike Di Meglio FRA JiR Moto2 (MotoBI) 36m 55.961s
8. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 37m 13.295s
9. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 37m 14.062s
10. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 37m 14.818s
11. Randy Krummenache SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 37m 15.118s
12. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 37m 15.258s
13. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 37m 15.500s
14. Marcel Schrotter GER Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 37m 19.361s
15. Louis Rossi FRA Tech 3 (Tech 3) 37m 28.628s