Rins Bags First Moto2 Win at the Brickyard


Alex Rins became the seventh different winner in the 2015 Moto2 season after claiming his maiden victory in the intermediate class at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Spaniard converted pole position into a magnificent win although that doesn’t tell the full story of a thrilling Grand Prix.

Following a chaotic Moto3 race featuring mixed weather conditions, Moto2 looked set for more of the same thanks to pre-race drizzle but every rider opted to start on slicks. Despite that, some riders were much more confident than others with Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin streaking into an early lead ahead of Sam Lowes and Dominique Aegerter.

As conditions improved, Lowes and Syahrin began to fade with their machines set-up for wet conditions but Aegerter remained a factor at the front of the pack, fighting with Rins, Johann Zarco, Tito Rabat and Franco Morbidelli for the lead. The Swiss rider enjoyed a fierce tussle with Zarco with five laps remaining, the pair swapping places regularly through the opening sequence of corners, but Rins would soon overhaul both men with a decisive late burst.

Zarco and Morbidelli capitalised on that move to snatch second and third, the Italian claiming his maiden podium finish, while Aegerter was forced to settle for fourth ahead of a disappointed Rabat. Thomas Luthi was sixth ahead of Axel Pons and Sachsenring winner Xavier Simeon with Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Marquez completing the top ten.

Sam Lowes’ hopes of keeping up his points-scoring run were dashed by a crash five laps from home.

 

MOTO2 RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX – RACE RESULT (25 LAPS)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
140. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 4041:18.866
25. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport+0.482
321. Franco MorbidelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+0.888
477. Dominique AegerterKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+1.719
51. Tito RabatKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+2.963
612. Thomas LuthiKalexDerendinger Racing Interwetten+3.478
749. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+5.064
819. Xavier SimeonKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+7.562
930. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+9.316
1073. Alex MarquezKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+9.801
1125. Azlan ShahKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+9.899
1294. Jonas FolgerKalexAGR Team+10.108
1395. Anthony WestSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+17.106
1423. Marcel SchrotterTech 3Tech 3+25.187
1570. Robin MulhauserKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+32.587
1639. Luis SalomKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+37.611
172. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+38.889
1810. Thitipong WarokornKalexAPH PTT The Pizza SAG+49.094
1966. Florian AltSuterIodaRacing Team+59.167
NC36. Mika KallioKalexItaltrans Racing Team+1 Lap
NC22. Sam LowesSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+5 Laps
NC11. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP+5 Laps
NC55. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+7 Laps
NC4. Randy KrummenacherKalexJIR Moto2+10 Laps
NC60. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+11 Laps
NC15. Ratthapark WilairotSuterJPmoto Malaysia+14 Laps
NC97. Xavier ViergeTech 3Tech 3+15 Laps
NC96. Louis RossiTech 3Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+19 Laps