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Moto2: Andrea Iannone Dominates in Assen as he Gaps the Field Again

38 Riders make up the starting grid in perfect weather conditions in Assen.  Assen is a track famous for racing for 80 years and this track has tons of racing history and will be the maiden outing for the Moto2 class.  The stands are packed and everyone is ready to go racing for the first time in Assen.

Thomas Luthi moved up to the front row since Alex Debon brke his collarbone and will not be racing today.  Debon heads back home to have surgery in hopes to be ready for Barcelona.  The chatter in the grid is to make sure Andrea Iannone doesn’t get away from the pack like in Mugello.

The lights go out and we watch the 38 rider field as it is piles into turn one.  The Thai rider Wilairot comes out of turn one first but Andrea Iannone takes it right back.  Toni Elias is on a mission to keep up with Iannone.  Andrea Iannone is already getting away from the pack as the field finishes lap one.

The battle for second place is working against the riders as they are slowing each other down as Iannone continues to gap the field.  Tomizawa is sizing Wilairot up as he is obviously faster and wants to try and close the gap to the front.  The very fast Assen circuit makes it extremely difficult to pass.

Some exciting racing as from 2nd back to 10th is all within reach and battling for some entertaining racing.  Andrea Iannone continues to be the fastest rider on the track as Toni Elias is running faster times now than he did during his qualifying run.  Let’s see if Elias can reel in Iannone of a gap of 3.5 seconds.

Tonie Elias and Wilairot are battling fiercly for second position as they trade positions back and forth.  Both riders are pushing extremely hard.  With 10 laps to go Elias crosses the line first.  Meanwhile Tom Luthi is taking full advantage of the battle for second as he continues to close the gap.

Iannone is making no mistakes and riding a solid race as he is dominating the race thus far.

Five laps to go and Thomas Luthi has just set his best lap of the race as he catches the back of Wilairot and Elias.  Luthi chose medium compound tires while Elias and and Wilairot chose soft.  Are the tires becoming an issue and Luthi chose the better setup?  With 4 laps to go the 3 riders are now stacked on top of each other.  Luthi is looking for a chance to slip by the two riders as he is sizing them up.

Andrea Iannone dominates the entire race and takes the checkered flag from Pole to Flag.  This is his second victory in the Moto2 class.  Toni Elias takes a solid second place as Thomas Luthi and Ratthapark Wilairot battle the last lap and a half changing position several times with Luthi finally taking the final podium spot.

2010 Assen Moto2 Results

1. Andrea Iannone
2. Toni Elias
3. Thomas Luthi
4. Ratthapark Wilairot
5. Shoya Tomizawa
6. Julian Simon
7. Jules Cluzel
8. Mike Di Meglo
9. Karel Abraham
10. Yuki Takahasi
11. Scott Redding
12. Simone Corsi
13 Gabor Talmacsi
14. Mattia Pasini
15. Yonny Henandez
16. Alex Baldolni
17. Claudio Corti
18. Stefan Bradl
20. Alex De Angelis

Moto2: Toni Elias Battles to First Win at Dramatic Jerez Race

Toni Elias won a pulsating and dramatic Moto2 race in Jerez this afternoon to deny Shoya Tomizawa a second successive victory.

The Spaniard used all his experience to ride a faultless final lap as the Gresini Moriwaki rider came under severe pressure from Qatar winner Tomizawa and Swiss rider Thomas Luthi.

It was a sweet victory for Elias who had been forced to move to the Moto2 class having been bombed out of MotoGP at the end of 2009.

And his victory in the first European Moto2 clash could not have come in more dramatic circumstances after Elias had crashed in the first running of the race.

Tomizawa collided with Simone Corsi at the Curva Dry Sack on lap two and a trail of oil from his Technomag-CIP machine took down eight other riders, including home favourite Elias.

The race was red flagged and cut from the scheduled 26-laps to 17 and the shortened tussle turned out to be a classic encounter.

Elias and Tomizawa figured prominently throughout as a series of close overtakes thrilled a bumper Jerez crowd.

The leading bunch also featured Tech 3 rider Yuki Takahashi, American sensation Kenny Noyes and Corsi.

A shock looked on the cards at one stage when Noyes brilliantly fought his way to the front on lap five with a double swoop by Elias and Tomizawa at the Curva Dry Sack on lap five.

Tomizawa then reclaimed the lead on lap eight, but unlike in Qatar he was unable to make a decision break from the field. A huge rear tyre slide exiting the final corner on the same lap dropped him back to fifth.

But with five laps to go he was back at the front and looking favourite to maintain his 100 per cent record.

But he couldn’t make a clean break with Luthi mounting a superb attack in second. And as the two continually exchanged the lead, it gave the chasing pack chance to get back into contention.

Elias timed his attack to perfection and took second from Tomizawa on the penultimate lap. And he executed a brilliant pass on Luthi at the second corner on the final lap to send the home fans wild.

Elias then defended superbly, particularly at the final corner, to claim his 11th Grand Prix victory and move into second place in the championship.

The 27-year-old, who had finished fourth in the series opener last month, said: “It is unbelievable. Coming to Moto2 I took some risk and before the championship started I had an injury. But everything is going well and to win this race is incredible.”

Tomizawa was second just 0.190s further back with just 1.496s splitting the top six as the Japanese rider had an eventful weekend.

He’d crashed after claiming pole position yesterday and then caused the multi-rider pile-up today.

He said: “I really enjoyed that. The first race wasn’t so good when I crashed at the end of the back straight and the oil I dropped saw many riders crash. I am really sorry about that but we did a great job to get the bike ready and second is a really good result. We are leading the championship and that is a good feeling.”

Luthi deservedly held on for third despite a fierce attack from Japanese rider Takahashi, who missed the podium by just 0.297s.

Luthi said: “It was a really tough race and some of the overtaking was really on the edge. I could make some passes and when I found my pace I thought I could go at a higher level, but it was impossible to pull away.”

Corsi was fifth and Sergio Gadea in sixth with a seventh place scant reward for an eye-catching ride from Noyes.

British rider Scott Redding had an exciting race-long scrap with former Kawasaki MotoGP rider Anthony West.

The Marc VDS Racing rider had to settle for 16th having missed out on his first points-scoring finish by just 0.133s.

1 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 29’58.726
2 Shoya TOMIZAWA JPN Technomag-CIP Suter +0.190
3 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki +0.261
4 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 +0.558
5 Simone CORSI ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi +1.449
6 Sergio GADEA SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex +1.496
7 Kenny NOYES USA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas Promoharris +2.215
8 Julian SIMON SPA Mapfre Aspar Team RSV +2.576
9 Gabor TALMACSI HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up +3.825
10 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 +6.691
11 Jules CLUZEL FRA Forward Racing Suter +8.123
12 Roberto ROLFO ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter +11.965
13 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter +12.190
14 Stefan BRADL GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter +12.295
15 Anthony WEST AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda +12.545
16 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter +12.678
17 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota +13.548
18 Claudio CORTI ITA Forward Racing Suter +15.642
19 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex +16.740
20 Raffaele DE ROSA ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 +19.368
21 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki +20.956
22 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Mapfre Aspar Team RSV +21.129
23 Vladimir IVANOV UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki +31.224
24 Robertino PIETRI VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter +31.275
25 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo FTR +33.283
26 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni CP Racing Moriwaki +34.090
27 Bernat MARTINEZ SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota +38.705
28 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing RSV +39.384
29 Arne TODE GER Racing Team Germany Suter +43.839
30 Amadeo LLADOS SPA Llados Racing Team AJR +46.896
31 Valentin DEBISE FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV +47.080
32 Alex BALDOLINI ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. +47.216
33 Yannick GUERRA SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki +47.777
34 Mashel AL NAIMI QAT Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 +56.595

Thomas Luthi Ready to Make Comeback

Thomas Luthi
Thomas Luthi

Former FIM 125cc World Champion Thomas Luthi plans to continue his intensive pre-season training regime and testing programme ahead of the 250cc championship.

The Swiss rider hopes to improve on his 11th overall in the standings last season after missing several races with a hand injury following a crash at Indianapolis.

The Emmi-Caffe Latte team rider is currently taking part in the pre-season test at the Estoril circuit in Portugal.

Luthi said: “After Estoril I have another week of training and then I’m off to the tests in Jerez and Qatar. With my bike we will be in a competitive position and the goal is to be with the leading group this year.”

He added: “My biggest goal during the break was to completely recover from last year’s injuries, so there was a lot of physiotherapy involved. I went to Socal for some motocross for around a month and Alex Hofmann joined me there for a couple of weeks. Last week I got back to Europe from a kite-boarding trip to Egypt with my team boss Daniel Epp.

“I have had a pretty intensive time with training this winter. I worked with my personal coach Otmar Keller. He also used to coach the Swiss national soccer team and was working with Americas Cup-winning team Alinghi, for several years.

“We did a lot of cross country skiing and snowshoeing and we went climbing. We even climbed up a frozen waterfall and I have to say I’m really fit now.”