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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: Toni Elias Completes Double Surgery After Jerez Crash

Toni Elías has been hit by an early blow in his bid to become the inaugural Moto2 World Champion in 2010, with double surgery having been required to repair the hand and ankle injuries the Gresini star sustained in his testing fall at Jerez two days ago

Pre-season Moto2 title favourite Toni Elías’ bid for glory in 2010 has taken an early knock, after it transpired that the Gresini (Moriwaki) star’s injuries from his accident on the final day of testing at Jerez de la Frontera two days ago are worse than initially thought – with double surgery having since been performed on the Spaniard.

Elías has never been outside of the top three during testing, but after lapping second-quickest to Forward Racing rookie Claudio Corti on Monday, the former MotoGP race-winner then fell whilst endeavouring to avoid a slower rider. The initial diagnosis was just bruising to his hand and foot, but now it has been revealed that the 27-year-old has undergone surgery at the Teknon Medical Centre in Barcelona.

A team release has confirmed that traumatology and hand specialist Dr. Joaquim Casanas has operated to close the fractures on Elías’ left ankle and the little finger of his left hand. A screw has been inserted into his ankle and a plate and five small screws measuring just 1.5mm each into his finger.

As soon as the operation was over, the Catalan began his rehabilitation process with great determination and under the guidance of Ricard Huélamo, director of sports physiotherapy at the Telkon Medical Centre – raising hopes of a return to action in time for the first race at Losail in Qatar in less than a fortnight’s time.

Moto2: Toni Elias Leads the Pack on First Official Test

Toni Elias showed why he is a hot favourite to win the inaugural Moto2 world championship after he topped the timesheets on the first day of the opening official test session in Valencia.

The three-day test is the first time that the official Honda engine has been used with an engine being allocated to each rider on a random basis.

Former MotoGP winner Elias posted the best time with a 1.37.530 on a Moriwaki chassis to edge out fellow Spaniard and reigning 125GP world champion Julian Simon.

Simon finished just 0.018s adrift of Elias with American rookie Kenny Noyes in a surprise third.

Riding a British-built Harris chassis for the Jack & Jones squad that has backing from Hollywood A-lister Antonio Banderas, Noyes logged a best time of 1.37.692 to finish 0.162 behind Elias.

Noyes said: “It was good start and we are learning all the time. This Harris chassis is working real good and it is real responsive to changes.

“There is just a little chatter to work on, but as you go faster you start finding new stuff to work through.

“The Honda control engine is good, maybe a little less on top that the kit engines we were using, but good power from mid-range and real smooth and linear all the way to the rev-limiter.

“We tightened the front up a bit today and we’ll see how that works tomorrow. This bike is so different from the big 190 HP Kawasaki 1000cc I raced last year.

“You are on the edge of the front tyre a lot more and corner speed is higher, but what it really fun is the slipstreaming. This is going be a fun class!”

There were several surprises on the opening day with only Tech 3 rider Yuki Takahashi of the established stars able to join Elias and Simon in the top six.

Former MotoGP finisher Alex de Angelis was down in 15th place on the Scot bike while British rider Scott Redding was down in a lowly 25th spot as 37 riders took to the track.

Gloucestershire rider Redding, who is riding for the Marc VDS Racing team using a Suter chassis, clocked a best time of 1.39.782 to finish 2.252s slower than Elias.

2010 Valencia Moto2 Test Times

1 Toni Elias (Spain) Gresini Racing, Moriwaki: 1:37.530
2 Julián Simon (Spain) Mafre Aspar, RSV: 1:37.548
3 Kenny Noyes (USA) Jack&Jones-Banderas, Harris: 1:37.692
4 Claudio Corti (Italy) Forward Racing, Suter: 1:37.729
5 Vladimir Ivanov (Russia) Gresini Moriwaki: 1:38:040
6 Yuki Takahashi (Japan) Tech3, Tech3: 1:38:089
7 Yonny Hernández (Columbia) Blusens, BQR:1:38:354
8 Karel Abraham(Czech Republic) Cardion, RSV: AB:1:38:644
9 Anthony West (Australia) MZ Racing, MZ: 1:38:662 10 Niccolo Canepa (Italy) Scot Racing, Scot: 1:38:671

Source | MCN

Moto2: Sito Pons Shows off His Spanish Squad Moto2 Bike

Pons Kalex MotoGPFormer 250GP world champion and leading MotoGP team boss Sito Pons showed off the bike his Spanish squad will campaign in the inaugural Moto2 600cc four-stroke world championship in 2010. Pons’ team will use a bike designed and built by German-based Kalex Engineering The new bike will be tested immediately after this weekend’s final race in Valencia, though the identity of riders remains shrouded in mystery.

It will be known as the Pons Kalex team. Toni Elias has been the number one target for Pons’ outfit, but he has got twitchy about signing a deal because of recent money issues experienced by Ducati-bouned Hector Barbera. He recently boycotted the first few minutes of opening practice in Sepang because he had not been paid.

MotoGP: 2009 San Carlo Honda Gresini Team Offical Launch


2009 San Carlo Honda Gresini Team
2009 San Carlo Honda Gresini Team

The San Carlo Honda Gresini Team has today officially launched its 2009 MotoGP campaign. The team, led by two-time 125cc world champion Fausto Gresini, took off on its 2009 journey at the ‘Officine del Volo’ in Milan.

Fausto Gresini and Alberto Vitaloni, President of San Carlo Gruppo Alimentare, carried out the honours and presented the 2009 team line-up.

Riders Alex De Angelis and Toni Elias will assume riding duties for the Faenza-based squad this year with De Angelis continuing for a second season and Elias rejoining the Honda Gresini family after one year of absence. The San Marinese and the Spaniard unveiled the new liveries on their 2009-spec RC212V machines, emblazoned with the logo of title sponsor San Carlo. 

Numerous personalities from the world of two wheels were present, including Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta , Honda Italia President Yasuhiro Oyama and the Italian Motorcycle Federation President Paolo Sesti.

Fausto Gresini, Team Manager:
“Presenting a new season is always full of emotion. 2009 will be an important year for the San Carlo Honda Gresini Team, a MotoGP season which promises to be exciting and competitive and for which we are prepared to assume a leading role. I believe firmly in the potential of my riders. Alex has accumulated vital experience having a complete MotoGP season under his belt, while Toni returns to the team with a wealth of expertise himself. At our side, we have HRC who have carried out excellent work in preparation of the 2009-spec RC212V and who will guarantee technical support of the highest level to the San Carlo Honda Gresini Team throughout the entire season, both for the ‘satellite’ bike entrusted to Alex as well as for Toni’s factory-spec bike. I wish the riders and all the guys in the team the very best of luck. Naturally I would also like to say special thanks to all our partners who have believed in our projects over many years, especially San Carlo with whom we share values such as passion, love for competition, loyalty and team spirit.”

Alberto Vitaloni, President of San Carlo Gruppo Alimentare
“In 2006 San Carlo began a new marketing strategy revolving around big sporting events because sport is a communications vehicle and a media in its own right that utilises a universal language, capable of involving the spectators. Our choice was very targeted, looking at disciplines with a good and clean image, with a growing audience and which are close to youngsters. From here our meeting with MotoGP was born: it is a sport of extremely high technology and innovation but with the ability to speak to the heart. We want to communicate to our public, above all to young people, the message that a company as well-known as ours knows how to adapt to changing times and to promote new tendencies in order to always stay ahead in a highly competitive world. In Fausto Gresini’s team, we have found a partner we can rely on and above all a partner with whom we share a synergy of aims, values and a shared passion for sport.” 

Toni Elias:
“The 2009 season gives me the opportunity to rejoin Fausto’s team, something that also gives me great joy. I find a group of people who have a great human and technical richness. I remember fondly the two seasons that we enjoyed together, so it is a bit like coming home. I want to thank HRC for believing in me and all the sponsors of the San Carlo Honda Gresini Team who make this project a reality. We all have the same desire to achieve big goals…and from my side I will give my all to realising this dream.”

Alex De Angelis:
“I am approaching this new challenge with great enthusiasm. It will be an even tougher championship than last season, but I feel much stronger in myself. Now I have the experience of one year in MotoGP and the new RC212V is definitely competitive, above all with regard to the engine power. I aim to improve upon my results, I am not content with the two fourth positions that I scored last year. I’d like to give heart-felt thanks to the team, to San Carlo and to all the other sponsors who have placed their trust in us.”