Moto2 Jerez: Tomizawa Tops Qualifying

Moto2 Report

The new Honda-powered Moto2 World Championship produced a breathtakingly close qualifying session today; the fastest 20 riders separated by just 0.811 seconds! The pack was headed by Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Suter), the man who made history in Qatar by winning the inaugural Moto2 race.

The 19-year-old Japanese rider set the fastest lap with 22 minutes to go, then slid off his Suter MMX machine two minutes later. Despite that hiccup, the 19-year-old held onto pole position by just two thousands of a second from reigning 125 World Champion Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, RSV).

Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) made it two Spaniards on the front row by recording the third fastest time, a further five hundredths of a second behind his compatriot. Elias – winner of the 2003 250 GP here and Moto2 pole position man in Qatar three weeks ago – is still riding in some discomfort, suffering from a nasty left-hand injury he sustained during a hefty crash at Jerez during preseason testing.

Last man on the front row was Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3 Racing, Tech 3), who was less than three hundredths of a second behind Elias and only one hundredth in front of second-row leader Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2, Moriwaki).

Weather conditions for tomorrow are expected to be slightly cooler than today, which should add an interesting twist to today’s performances in both MotoGP and Moto2.

MOTO2 FRONT ROW QUOTES

Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Suter – pole position at 1m 44.372s) says: "I think I was a bit lucky today, because when I crashed I never thought it possible that I could get pole position. I crashed with 20 minutes of the session remaining. I really wanted to continue my time attack, so I managed to ride the bike back to the pit box, where my mechanics worked very hard to repair the bike. They did a great job, so my thanks to them, and I was able to go back out on the track. I wanted to check everything and test the setup once more because the chassis settings have not been perfect so far. We will think a lot this evening and try and find a solution to make the machine even better for the race. This class is very tough, so even though I am on pole position I would never say I will win this race because I am only two thousandths ahead of Simon. In fact I wouldn’t even say I will finish on the podium because all the lap times are so close."

Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, RSV – second at 1m 44.374s) says: "This has not been an easy two days for us, because we started out with some revised chassis parts. We worked hard with them but in the end we decided to go back with the parts we used at Qatar and the bike was immediately much better. I hope we can have a good race here, because we were obviously very disappointed at Qatar when we had problems with the clutch after the start. The start tomorrow will be very important and Shoya will be very difficult to beat; he is very strong."

Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki – third at 1m 44.424s)says: "We have struggled with setup here, so we will try some more changes for tomorrow in order to recover something for the race. The foot I injured in preseason testing is okay now, but I still have some problems with my left hand – I can’t put full pressure through the handlebars, which is a real problem when turning and making direction changes."

Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3 Racing, Tech 3 – fourth at 1m 44.463s)says: "We have done a good job here. The setup of my Tech 3 machine was good yesterday afternoon and we have worked hard from that initial setting to get a good race setup. After crashing in Qatar, I really want to score a good result for the team."
Pole position : 1m44.372s (152.558Km/h) Shoya Tomizawa, Technomag-CI

Moto2 Jerez: Qualifying Positions

1 Shoya Tomizawa 1m44.372s JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP
2 Julian Simon +0.002s SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
3 Toni Elias +0.052s SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
4 Yuki Takahashi +0.091s JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing
5 Thomas Luthi +0.201s SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
6 Stefan Bradl +0.259s GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing
7 Gabor Talmacsi +0.289s HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
8 Sergio Gadea +0.322s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
9 Kenny Noyes +0.340s USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
10 Simone Corsi +0.350s ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
11 Anthony West +0.369s AUS HONDA MZ Racing
12 Yonny Hernandez +0.407s COL HONDA Blusens-STX
13 Alex Debon +0.411s SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo
14 Jules Cluzel +0.438s FRA HONDA Forward Racing
15 Raffaele De Rosa +0.571s ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
16 Claudio Corti +0.585s ITA HONDA Forward Racing
17 Roberto Rolfo +0.691s ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
18 Fonsi Nieto +0.777s SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
19 Alex Baldolini +0.807s ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
20 Joan Olive +0.811s SPA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
21 Dominique Aegerter +1.003s SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
22 Axel Pons +1.032s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
23 Arne Tode +1.040s GER HONDA Racing Team Germany
24 Hector Faubel +1.071s SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
25 Karel Abraham +1.076s CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
26 Alex De Angelis +1.143s SMR HONDA RSM Team Scot
27 Scott Redding +1.219s GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
28 Mike De Meglio +1.281s FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
29 Andrea Iannone +1.332s ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
30 Ratthapark Wilairot +1.333s THA HONDA Thai Honda PTT SAG
31 Robertino Pietri +1.398s VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
32 Bernat Martinez +1.590s SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
33 Lukas Pesek +1.687s CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
34 Niccolo Canepa +1.712s ITA HONDA RSM Team Scot
35 Vladimir Ivanov +1.994s RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
36 Mattia Pasini +2.157s ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
37 Amadeo Llados +2.178s SPA HONDA Llados Racing Team
38 Valentin Debise +2.400s FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
39 Ivan Moreno +2.434s SPA HONDA Andalucia Cajasol
Moto2 Championship Standings
1 Shoya Tomizawa 25 pts JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP
2 Alex Debon 20 pts SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo
3 Jules Cluzel 16 pts FRA HONDA Forward Racing
4 Toni Elias 13 pts SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
5 Roberto Rolfo 11 pts ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
6 Mattia Pasini 10 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
7 Thomas Luthi 9 pts SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
8 Simone Corsi 8 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
9 Gabor Talmacsi 7 pts HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
10 Sergio Gadea 6 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
11 Dominique Aegerter 5 pts SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
12 Alex Baldolini 4 pts ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
13 Fonsi Nieto 3 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
14 Karel Abraham 2 pts CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
15 Lukas Pesek 1 pts CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
16 Yuki Takahashi 0 pts JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing
17 Yonny Hernandez 0 pts COL HONDA Blusens-STX
18 Yannick Guerra 0 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
19 Vladimir Leonov 0 pts RUS HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
20 Vladimir Ivanov 0 pts RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
21 Valentin Debise 0 pts FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
22 Scott Redding 0 pts GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
23 Robertino Pietri 0 pts VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
24 Ratthapark Wilairot 0 pts THA HONDA Thai Honda PTT SAG
25 Raffaele De Rosa 0 pts ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
26 Niccolo Canepa 0 pts ITA HONDA RSM Team Scot
27 Mike De Meglio 0 pts FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
28 Mashel Al Naimi 0 pts QAT HONDA Blusens-STX
29 Kenny Noyes 0 pts USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
30 Julian Simon 0 pts SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
31 Joan Olive 0 pts SPA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
32 Hector Faubel 0 pts SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
33 Claudio Corti 0 pts ITA HONDA Forward Racing
34 Bernat Martinez 0 pts SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
35 Axel Pons 0 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
36 Arne Tode 0 pts GER HONDA Racing Team Germany
37 Anthony West 0 pts AUS HONDA MZ Racing
38 Anthony Delhalle 0 pts FRA HONDA Qatar Endurance Racing Team
39 Andrea Iannone 0 pts ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
40 Alex De Angelis 0 pts SMR HONDA RSM Team Scot