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
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. read more
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. read more
Former 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. read more
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. read more