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Moto2: Andrea Iannone Fastest During Practice at Assen

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.

Elías, the only other rider under the 1’40” mark, was followed by Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG) who pushed his way into the top three late on and was a further 0.377s down on the Spaniard. Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP), who currently sits second in the overall standings, was fourth.

Forward Racing rider Jules Cluzel, flying high after his first World Championship win last time out at Silverstone, was fifth but ended the hour with a crash that he walked away from with little more than his hopes of improving his time damaged, and his team-mate Claudio Corti was just over a tenth off the Frenchman’s time in sixth.

The top ten in the session was completed by Alex Debón (Aeroport de Castelló-Ajo), Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) – riding with an injured scaphoid – Gabor Talmacsi (Fimmco Speed Up) and Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons). British rider Scott Redding (Marc VDS) was 24th, with Alex de Angelis (RSM Team Scot) one place further down on his return to racing after sitting Silverstone out through injury

2010 Assen Moto2 Practice Results

1. Iannone (Speed Up) 1m 39.573s
2. Elias (Moriwaki) +0.222s
3. Wilairot (Bimota) +0.599s
4. Tomizawa (Suter) +0.645s
5. Cluzel (Suter) +0.734s
6. Corti (Suter) +0.848s
7. Debon (FTR) +0.965s
8. Abraham (FTR) +1.000s
9. Talmacsi (Speed Up) +1.001s
10. Gadea (Pons Kalex) +1.005s

Moto2: Jules Cluzel Seals Maiden win in the British Moto2 Race at Silverstone

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.

When Corti subsequently crashed out at Vale on the penultimate lap, Interwetten Moriwaki rider Luthi gained a few bikelengths and looked set to claim his first grand prix win since 2006.

But Vale – where Hiroshi Aoyama and Dani Pedrosa crashed in MotoGP warm-up – once again proved decisive, as Luthi outbraked himself slightly, allowing Cluzel to dive for the lead.

Cluzel, who made his GP debut in 2005, held on to win by 0.057sec.

Simon claimed his second podium of the season with third, while Redding – 17th on lap one – finished off the British Grand Prix podium for the first time in his career, having won the 125cc class in 2008 and finished third in 2009, but fourth still marked his best Moto2 result for Marc VDS (Suter) team.

Title leader Toni Elias (Gresini Moriwaki) salvaged tenth after struggling all weekend and continues to lead the standings (by a reduced 15 points) after nearest rival Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-Cip Suter) claimed sixth at Silverstone.

The revised raceday format means that MotoGP is next, followed by 125.

Race results – Silverstone:

1. Cluzel (Suter) 18 laps
2. Luthi (Moriwaki) +0.057s
3. Simon (Suter) +0.322s
4. Redding (Suter) +0.520s
5. Debon (FTR) +5.271s
6. Tomizawa (Suter) +5.377s
7. di Meglio (Suter) +5.484s
8. Simeon (Moriwaki) +5.709s
9. Aegerter (Suter) +10.240sec
10. Elias (Moriwaki) +10.411s

Moto2: Claudio Corti Secures Pole at Silverstone

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).

Title leader Toni Elias, the only double winner so far this season, will start just 19th for Gresini (Moriwaki) and will be glad that he holds a 19 point lead over Shoya Tomizawa, who will start from eleventh for Technomag-CIP (Suter).

Qualifying – Silverstone:

1. Corti (Suter) 2m 9.624s
2. Cluzel (Suter) +0.413s
3. Bradl (Suter) +0.789s
4. Simon (Suter) +0.795s
5. Hernandez (BQR) +0.851s
6. Simeon (Moriwaki) +0.868s
7. Baldolini (ICP) +0.954s
8. Tode (Suter) +1.100s
9. Luthi (Moriwaki) +1.030s
10. Nieto (Moriwaki) +1.044s

Source | Crash.net

Moto2: Shoya Tomizawa Wins First Ever Moto2 Race at Qatar

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.

The spectacle that had been promised did not disappoint at all and in the opening moments of the race two of the frontrunners crashed out when Alex de Angelis (RSM Team Scot) and Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) collided, both riders high-siding in turn three after a problem with the former’s machine. Clutch problems for Mapfre Aspar rider Julián Simón meant that he then had to retire, as three of the front row failed to make it past the opening lap of the race.

As Alex Debón (Aeroport de Castelló-Ajo) and Toni Elías (Gresini Racing Moto2) started to compete at the head of the pack another rider fell, this time Raffaele De Rosa (Tech3 Racing) being forced to pit in and retire after trying to continue. His team-mate Yuki Takahashi was pushing hard in third position when he then went down, losing the front end of his bike and ending his race early.

As the midway point approached Technomag-CIP rider Tomizawa – who started from ninth on the grid, and whose best GP finish before this race was 10th in the 250cc race at Valencia in 2009 – announced his arrival at the front of the pack and started to compete for the lead with Elías, Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing) and Debón as the race developed further.

With three laps to go Tomizawa had opened up almost a three-second gap at the front, with Cluzel and Debón by now competing fiercely for the other two podium spots. It went down to the final lap between the pair, Debón going through on Cluzel wonderfully to ensure second place with the Frenchman taking third.

Elías, competing with the injuries he picked up in the final pre-season Test at Jerez (fractures in his hand and foot) took an admirable fourth as he rode through the pain barrier, with Roberto Rolfo (Italtrans STR) in fifth.

Mattia Pasini (JiR Moto2) and Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Racing) had their own enthralling combat ending in sixth and seventh respectively, and Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2), Gabor Talmacsi (Fimmco Speed Up) and Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons) all finished inside the top ten as well.

Other riders who failed to finish the debut race of the class were Axel Pons (Tenerife 40 Pons), Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX), Vladimir Leonov (Vector Kiefer Racing) and Anthony West (MZ Racing), whilst British rider Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) ended the race in 23rd position.

2010 Qatar Moto2 Results

1 Shoya TOMIZAWA JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 41’11.768
2 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo FTR +4.656
3 Jules CLUZEL FRA Forward Racing Suter +4.789
4 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki +6.978
5 Roberto ROLFO ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter +7.178
6 Mattia PASINI ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi +11.804
7 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki +11.861
8 Simone CORSI ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi +12.346
9 Gabor TALMACSI HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up +13.821
10 Sergio GADEA SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex +20.189
11 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter +21.289
12 Alex BALDOLINI ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. +21.360
13 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki +21.835
14 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing RSV +21.973
15 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni CP Racing Moriwaki +26.265
16 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Mapfre Aspar Team RSV +26.265
17 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota +26.599
18 Kenny NOYES USA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas Promoharris +33.833
19 Andrea IANNONE ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up +33.895
20 Claudio CORTI ITA Forward Racing Suter +40.992
21 Arne TODE GER Racing Team Germany Suter +43.119
22 Hector FAUBEL SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter +43.249
23 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter +45.397
24 Valentin DEBISE FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV +46.472
25 Anthony DELHALLE FRA Qatar Endurance Racing Team BQR-Moto2 +51.157
26 Vladimir IVANOV UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki +54.252
27 Niccolo CANEPA ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 +54.631
28 Robertino PIETRI VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter +1’15.976
29 Bernat MARTINEZ SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota +1’16.222
30 Yannick GUERRA SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki +1’20.651
31 Mashel AL NAIMI QAT Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 +1’20.719
32 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas Promoharris

Moto2: Tech 3 Yamaha Announce First Rider, Could James Toseland Be Second?

yamaha_m2_oberdan-bezzi-moto2-560x382Having 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.”

He continued, “We are building our own chassis and although the sponsors are not clear at the moment we have taken the decision to proceed with the project. It is not completely finalised but I would say it is 95% done.”

On his high hopes for Cluzel, Poncharal added, “He is a young French rider who is doing well on a private bike at the moment. I’m very excited about this and if it could be another Olivier Jacque story it would be perfect!”

James Toesland’s Contract with Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP team has still yet to be decided.  As this would be a perfect way for Toseland to stay with the MotoGP crowd for the 2010 season.  Toseland yet to show his true form on the Yamaha M1 MotoGP bike could go to the Moto2 class and regain his confidence again which he had plenty of coming from World Superbikes.  Let see what Tech 3 will do in the coming weeks.