By Sam Sims
2014 Assen Moto2 Results & Recap | Experienced West Takes Win
2014 Assen Moto2 Results
As 32-years old, QMMF Racing Team rider Anthony West has much experience under a variety of track conditions, including wet circuits where traction is minimal.
And he was able to capitalize on his experience Saturday under the wet-to-drying conditions at the Iveco Daily TT Assen Moto2 contest, earning his first win since the 2003 Dutch TT. The Australian was joined on the podium by Pans HP 40’s Maverick Vinales and Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio.
When the riders headed out on the sighting lap, heavy rains fell on the Assen TT circuit, along with the current points leader, Marc VDS Racing’s Esteve Rabat. The pole man crashed, but was able to start the race, eventually finishing eighth.
After a 20-minute delay, the race finally got underway with West battling Vinales and Kallio. West took the win, followed 0.318 of a second ahead of Vinales, and 0.743 of a second ahead of Kallio.
The next four-consecutive finishers also used their experience to take their positions – Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing), Alex De Angelis (Tasca Racing Moto2), Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) and Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team), respectively
Rounding out the top 10 were Rabat, Lorenzo Baldassarri (Gresini Moto2) and Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia).
Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing) finished unlucky 13th after crashing out of the race lead at the midway stage, whilst Luis Salom (Pons HP 40) was 15th having crashed from third place in the final stages. Sam Lowes (Speed Up) had led the race at the start having taken the holseshot, but crashed twice after trying to stay with Corsi at the front, MotoGP reports.
Several riders crashed and rejoined on a wet track which saw dry lines forming despite further rain during the course of the …read more