Andrea Iannone crushed the opposition to record a dominant victory in the Moto2 support race at Aragon.
The Fimmco Speed Up rider screamed into an immediate lead from pole position and never looked back. He displayed blistering pace to streak away from the opposition and win by six seconds.
The Italian lapped consistently below his pole position time from yesterday's qualifying session, and led by over 10 seconds at one point, before throttling back over the final two laps.
Spaniard Julian Simon rode superbly to win the battle for second place. Simone Corsi fought him early on before slipping back, while Iannone's Hungarian teammate Gabor Talmacsi shadowed the pair in the first half of the race, before moving into third and then mounting a late but unsuccessful challenge for second.
As Simon claimed his third successive second place finish, Talmacsi celebrated his first Moto2 podium from the race that replaced his abortive home round on the MotoGP calendar.
Aside from the dominant Iannone, the ride of the race came from runaway championship leader Toni Elias. The ex-MotoGP race winner crashed in qualifying yesterday and wound up 12th on the grid. He survived a hit during a midfield melee that eliminated several riders at the start, before moving steadily though from 14th to fourth. Elias was closing on Talmacsi at the end but ran out of time.
JiR rider Corsi held on for fifth, ahead of impressive Frenchman Jules Cluzel, who rounded out the top six. Corsi's San Marinese teammate Alex de Angelis ran inside the top six at one stage, but crashed out on the seventh lap of 21.
Yesterday's star of qualifying Scott Redding, who narrowly missed out on pole to Iannone, struggled in today's race. The youngest rider in the field at 17 made a bad start and fell out of the top six on the opening lap, before finishing a subdued eighth, behind Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter.
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1. Andrea Iannone Speed Up 40m33.264s
2. Julian Simon Suter + 6.203s
3. Gabor Talmacsi Speed Up + 6.276s
4. Toni Elias Moriwaki + 7.123s
5. Simone Corsi Motobi + 9.160s
6. Jules Cluzel Suter + 12.881s
7. Dominique Aegerter Suter + 12.987s
8. Scott Redding Suter + 18.881s
9. Stefan Bradl Suter + 20.893s
10. Thomas Luthi Moriwaki + 21.171s
11. Claudio Corti Suter + 21.426s
12. Yuki Takahashi Tech 3 + 21.978s
13. Mike di Meglio Suter + 22.171s
14. Michele Pirro Moriwaki + 24.747s
15. Ratthapark Wilairot Bimota + 30.452s
16. Roman Ramos Mir Racing + 31.716s
17. Hector Faubel Suter + 33.594s
18. Karel Abraham FTR + 33.801s
19. Roberto Rolfo Suter + 37.621s
20. Sergio Gadea Pons Kalex + 39.428s
21. Anthony West MZ + 43.799s
22. Alex Debon FTR + 44.855s
23. Santiago Hernandez Moriwaki + 45.164s
24. Yannick Guerra Moriwaki + 59.926s
25. Kazuki Watanabe Suter + 1m11.176s
26. Niccolo Canepa Bimota + 1m11.208s
27. Valentin Debise ADV + 1m11.364s
28. Joan Olive Promoharris + 1m22.224s
Axel Pons Pons Kalex 13 laps
Mashel Al Naimi BQR 12 laps
Kenny Noyes Promoharris 12 laps
Raffaele de Rosa Tech 3 10 laps
Mattia Pasini Suter 9 laps
Robertino Pietri Suter 8 laps
Alex de Angelis Motobi 6 laps
Kev Coghlan FTR 1 lap
Fonsi Nieto Moriwaki 0 laps
Alex Baldolini ICP 0 laps
Ricard Cardus Bimota 0 laps
Yonny Hernandez BQR 0 laps