Moto2 Jerez: Results, Quotes, Standings

Moto2 Results

The second race of the new Moto2 World Championship was an edge-of-the-seat thriller, with a group of eight riders battling for the win, the lead changing several times on most laps. The race was restarted after a second lap pile-up which claimed seven riders after Qatar winner Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Suter) fell at the Dry Sack hairpin, dropping oil on the circuit.

All the fallers were able to take the restart.

Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) won the shortened, 17 lap restart after a breathtaking race-long battle with the leading group. At the flag there were just 2.5 seconds covering the first eight men home, with less than half a second covering the podium finishers.

During the final laps the pace heated up considerably, Elias fighting back and forth with runner-up Tomizawa and third-place finisher Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2, Moriwaki). Luthi had led the previous two laps but Elias grabbed the lead as the pack charged into Turn One for the final time, only to run wide at the Dry Sack hairpin, almost gifting the lead to Tomizawa. Elias held on for the win, despite still suffering from the nasty left-hand injury he sustained at Jerez during preseason tests.

Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3 Racing, Tech 3) finished three tenths behind Luthi, with Simone Corsi (Jar Moto2, Motobi), Sergio Gadea (Pons Racing, Kalex), Kenny Noyes (Jack & Jones by A.Banderas, PromoHarris) and Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, RSV) following right behind. Of this group, GP rookie Noyes had played the biggest role in the early race contest, muscling his way into the lead on several occasions, only to slip back a few places as the race moved towards its climax.

MotoGP now travels north west from Jerez to reconvene in the Sarthe area of France at Le Mans, for the French GP on May 21/22/23.

MOTO2 RIDER QUOTES

Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki)says: "I am not disappointed not to be in MotoGP. I took the decision to move down to Moto2. Maybe it was a risk, but so far everything is good. We have come through a difficult few weeks, since I got hurt here in preseason testing. I am still not 100 per cent, my left hand is still a problem. I got fourth in Qatar and I won today but I suffered a lot during the race because my physical condition isn’t 100 per cent. The setup of my machine is also not perfect, so we must work on that. I fought a lot in the race, it was very tough, but in the end I could win. I am very, very happy and I cannot wait for Le Mans because my physical condition will be much better there, so I can be more relaxed."

Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Suter) says: "I am so, so sorry for the crash because many other riders crashed on the oil that came from my machine when I crashed. I made a mistake when Corsi tried to pass me. We both tried to release our brakes to make more room, but my bike shook, he closed my line and I couldn’t avoid him. It was my mistake. Before the restart my mechanics had to work very, very hard in the pit box. They repair my machine 100 per cent, so I could go again. I trust their work, so I could give full gas. I tried but Toni is so fast. We had a good three days here – good Friday, good Saturday, good Sunday – so now we hope we can find a good solution when we get to Le Mans.

Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2, Moriwaki)says: "After the first start there were some very strong overtakes and I was thinking this race was going to be crazy, because riders were hitting each other very hard in the first laps. The restart seemed to be better. I got a better start and I had a better first lap, so I could ride with the lead group. My bike felt really good, so then I was able to take the lead. I thought maybe I could go faster, but the others held my slipstream and I couldn’t get away. Anyway, a podium finish is great, especially for our team which is completely new. My thanks to them all – they are a great team."

Pole position : 1m44.372s (152.558Km/h) Shoya Tomizawa, Technomag-CIP
Fastest lap : Lap 14 – 1m44.710s (152.065Km/h) Toni Elias, San Carlo Honda Gresini
Circuit record lap : 1m44.710s (152.065Km/h) Toni Elias, San Carlo Honda Gresini, 2010
Circuit Best Lap : 1m44.372s (152.558Km/h) Shoya Tomizawa, Technomag-CIP, 2010

Moto2 Results – Round 2
1 Toni Elias 29m58.726s SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
2 Shoya Tomizawa +0.190s JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP
3 Thomas Luthi +0.261s SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
4 Yuki Takahashi +0.558s JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing
5 Simone Corsi +1.449s ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
6 Sergio Gadea +1.496s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
7 Kenny Noyes +2.215s USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
8 Julian Simon +2.576s SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
9 Gabor Talmacsi +3.825s HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
10 Yonny Hernandez +6.691s COL HONDA Blusens-STX
11 Jules Cluzel +8.123s FRA HONDA Forward Racing
12 Roberto Rolfo +11.965s ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
13 Dominique Aegerter +12.190s SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
14 Stefan Bradl +12.295s GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing
15 Anthony West +12.545s AUS HONDA MZ Racing
16 Scott Redding +12.678s GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
17 Ratthapark Wilairot +13.548s THA HONDA Thai Honda PTT SAG
18 Claudio Corti +15.642s ITA HONDA Forward Racing
19 Axel Pons +16.740s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
20 Raffaele De Rosa +19.368s ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
21 Fonsi Nieto +20.956s SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
22 Mike De Meglio +21.129s FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
23 Vladimir Ivanov +31.224s RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
24 Robertino Pietri +31.275s VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
25 Alex Debon +33.283s SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo
26 Lukas Pesek +34.090s CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
27 Bernat Martinez +38.705s SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
28 Karel Abraham +39.384s CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
29 Arne Tode +43.839s GER HONDA Racing Team Germany
30 Amadeo Llados +46.896s SPA HONDA Llados Racing Team
31 Valentin Debise +47.080s FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
32 Alex Baldolini +47.216s ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
33 Yannick Guerra +47.777s SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
34 Mashel Al Naimi +56.595s QAT HONDA Blusens-STX
35 Ivan Moreno +9 Laps SPA HONDA Andalucia Cajasol
36 Niccolo Canepa +9 Laps ITA HONDA RSM Team Scot
37 Mattia Pasini +11 Laps ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
38 Hector Faubel +15 Laps SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
39 Andrea Iannone DNF Lap 1 ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
Moto2 Championship Standings
1 Shoya Tomizawa 45 pts JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP
2 Toni Elias 38 pts SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
3 Thomas Luthi 25 pts SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
4 Jules Cluzel 21 pts FRA HONDA Forward Racing
5 Alex Debon 20 pts SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo
6 Simone Corsi 19 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
7 Sergio Gadea 16 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
8 Roberto Rolfo 15 pts ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
9 Gabor Talmacsi 14 pts HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
10 Yuki Takahashi 13 pts JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing
11 Mattia Pasini 10 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
12 Kenny Noyes 9 pts USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
13 Julian Simon 8 pts SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
14 Dominique Aegerter 8 pts SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
15 Yonny Hernandez 6 pts COL HONDA Blusens-STX
16 Alex Baldolini 4 pts ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
17 Fonsi Nieto 3 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
18 Stefan Bradl 2 pts GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing
19 Karel Abraham 2 pts CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
20 Lukas Pesek 1 pts CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
21 Anthony West 1 pts AUS HONDA MZ Racing
22 Yannick Guerra 0 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
23 Vladimir Leonov 0 pts RUS HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
24 Vladimir Ivanov 0 pts RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
25 Valentin Debise 0 pts FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
26 Scott Redding 0 pts GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
27 Robertino Pietri 0 pts VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
28 Ratthapark Wilairot 0 pts THA HONDA Thai Honda PTT SAG
29 Raffaele De Rosa 0 pts ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
30 Niccolo Canepa 0 pts ITA HONDA RSM Team Scot
31 Mike De Meglio 0 pts FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
32 Mashel Al Naimi 0 pts QAT HONDA Blusens-STX
33 Joan Olive 0 pts SPA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
34 Ivan Moreno 0 pts SPA HONDA Andalucia Cajasol
35 Hector Faubel 0 pts SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
36 Claudio Corti 0 pts ITA HONDA Forward Racing
37 Bernat Martinez 0 pts SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
38 Axel Pons 0 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
39 Arne Tode 0 pts GER HONDA Racing Team Germany
40 Anthony Delhalle 0 pts FRA HONDA Qatar Endurance Racing Team
41 Andrea Iannone 0 pts ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
42 Amadeo Llados 0 pts SPA HONDA Llados Racing Team
43 Alex De Angelis 0 pts SMR HONDA RSM Team Scot