If the Moto3 race finished in a very exciting way, the Moto2 race of the Japanese Grand Prix, fifteenth round of the MotoGP World Championship, has started in a brutal way. Not that the end has been boring, on the contrary, but is that the first moments have been those that are going to remember over the years.
The traffic light went out and Marc Márquez (Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol) was stuck in the second position. The first speed had not been inserted correctly and had to change the supports of the foot to be able to put it back and exit. Luckily nobody behind him attacked him because for example, Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) happened very close to him and even Ratthapark Wilairot came to touch him laterally.
With all this, Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) was placed first followed by Tito Rabat (Tuenti Movil HP 40). An amazing Toni Elias (Italtrans Racing Team) was fifth. And Marc Márquez? Well second by the tail and as if it were a video game was ahead of pilots: on the left, on the right, outside and inside. Even in between, remembering the legendary overtaking of Kevin Schwantz in Hockenheim, in 1993 to Barros and Beattie. Thus at the end of the first round he was already tenth. From the thirtieth to the tenth in a turn!
In the next turn, Tito Rabat overtook Scott Redding and began to distance himself. Behind began a nice fight between the Englishman himself, Pol Espargaró and Toni Elías. Marc Márquez continued to climb and gained another position. I was already ninth. With 19 laps to go, Marquez was already fifth behind Toni Elías.
Three laps later, with Tito Rabat more than a second, Pol Espargaró suffered a scare and was overtaken by Marc Márquez. At that time the Repsol put the spotlight on Tito Rabat and began to eat meters, little by little. I caught him two laps later and he escaped.
But Pol Espargaró did not think to give the race for lost. He got rid of his partner Tito Rabat and started in pursuit of the Suter with his Kalex. And I ended up hunting him. Behind, Tito tried to maintain the third position since Scott Redding and Thomas Luthi approached him. Toni Elías was on the ground.
The race was open with Marc Márquez in the lead and Pol Espargaró stuck to his wheel. However, after two braking very close to the rear wheel of Marc, Pol had to open up in a curve to not wear it and lost valuable meters. Even so, he scored a final lap with a quick lap including him that hit him again with Marc Márquez but it was not enough to overtake him in the chicane from start to finish. Behind Tito Rabat was able to hold the third place while Scott Redding was fourth and Thomas Luthi fifth.
With a new victory for Marc Márquez, Pol Espargaró is placed at 53 points so that remaining ahead in the next race in Sepang, could celebrate the title.