The opening day of action at the TIM TT Assen concluded on Thursday afternoon with the Moto2 first practice, and Italian rider Andrea Iannone was the man who led the intermediate hour-long session with a best time of 1’39.573.
The battle for supremacy raged for most of the practice, with the lead time swapping hands on numerous occasions right up until the final minutes. Iannone’s time on his 24th of 26 laps eventually put him 0.222s ahead of Championship leader Toni Elías (Gresini Racing Moto2), a healthy gap in Moto2 terms. read more
Jules Cluzel has taken his first ever grand prix victory after a last-lap triumph in the British Moto2 race at Silverstone.
The Frenchman, who had crashed out of the last two races, had joined Forward Racing (Suter) team-mate and pole sitter Simone Corti, plus Aspar’s Julian Simon (Suter) in breaking away at the front of the field after seven laps.
But the trio were then caught by Swiss star Thomas Luthi and home hero Scott Redding – Luthi then moving quickly through the group to snatch the lead with three of the 18 laps remaining. read more
Round five of the Moto2 World Championship will see a fifth different rider start from pole after grand prix rookie Claudio Corti ruled Saturday’s qualifying session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Jules Cluzel completed a perfect day for the Forward Racing team by slotting into second place – a sizeable 0.413sec behind Corti – with Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer) and Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar) forming an all-Suter front row.
Yonny Hernandez (BQR) had been leading the session with just a few minutes to go, but will start fifth, just in front of Xavier Simeon (Moriwaki), Alex Baldolini (ICP) and rne Tode (Suter). read more
The Japanese rider of the Technomag-CIP team scored a superb win on board his Suter prototype in the opening race of the season in Qatar, the first of the new intermediate category. Debón and Cluzel completed the podium.
History was made at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar on Sunday evening, as the first ever Moto2 race got a new era in the World Championship underway. Writing his name into the opening chapter was Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa, who rode a brilliant race to take victory, his first in Grand Prix racing. read more
Having been a World Championship team manager for more than 20 years Herve Poncharal has a wealth of experience in organising successful Grand Prix projects and will therefore be expected to have a competitive outfit in the new Moto2 class next season.
The Frenchman has confirmed his plans to run two bikes in the new 600cc 4-stroke category, with current 250cc competitor Jules Cluzel – a compatriot of Poncharal – already lined up to join the team.
“We will have two riders in Moto2,” Poncharal told motogp.com at Misano. “We are very excited about the Moto2 project as this is something that we have been pushing in order to see from 2010 and I’m quite sure that this class is going to be fantastic.” read more