Motorcycle Racing News Moto2 Jerez: Tomizawa Tops Qualifying

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

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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