Moto2: American Noyes on Le Mans Pole

Moto2 Qualifying

In only his third Grand Prix start and on a track he had never races, Moto2 rookie Kenny Noyes took the pole in the tightest grid in the 61 years of Grand Prix history. Only 0.969 of a second separated the top 27 riders at the 2.6 mile Le Mans circuit.

Riding his Jack & Jones by Antonio Banderas Promoharris, Kenny was 28th in the first free practice on Friday with a best lap of 1’41.319, improving to 1´40.319 in the Saturday morning free session, but in the qualifying session he went to the top of the timing screen with a 1´39.239 with 8 minutes remaining.

Kenny pitted and fitted a fresh tire, but when he came back for a final run he was slightly balked by heavy traffic and was unable to improve. When he came back to the pits he didn’t know he had the pole until he was directed to the number 1 position in the enclosure area.

According to Dorna´s official statistician, Noyes is the first American rider to take pole position in the intermediate class (Moto2 has replaced 250cc) since John Kocinski at the Australian Grand Prix of 1990.

Kenny Notes (Pole Position: 1’39.234) says: "We were worried coming here to a new track. We were fast in the preseason but that was on Spanish tracks that I know from racing Spanish 1000cc Formula Extreme for the last few years. I have never raced here before and it was hard to get on the pace, but the team worked hard and gave me a great bike. We dropped a 2.3 seconds in two days and found some settings that help me get the bike turned easier. In Jerez where we led a few laps and ran at the front the bike was very stable but not agile enough. I think we have a good set up for tomorrow.

"With the changes we made for the qualifying session I was able to ride more aggressively and hit my marks on the brakes and on the apexes. It certainly helped that I was able to follow Takahashi. I learned so much following him. In this class if you make a slight mistake you can lose ten places, but today we got it right!"

Moto2 Qualifying Practice
Classification

Le Mans, Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris 247.4 1’39.234
2 72 Yuki
TAKAHASHI
JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 250.5 1’39.265 0.031 / 0.031
3 6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR 249.9 1’39.320 0.086 /
0.055
4 16 Jules
CLUZEL
FRA Forward Racing Suter 251.7 1’39.334 0.100 / 0.014
5 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday
Gym G22
Moriwaki 248.5 1’39.402 0.168 /
0.068
6 40 Sergio
GADEA
SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 255.1 1’39.501 0.267 / 0.099
7 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki 249.4 1’39.517 0.283 /
0.016
8 3 Simone
CORSI
ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 252.5 1’39.598 0.364 / 0.081
9 60 Julian
SIMON
SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 254.1 1’39.622 0.388 / 0.024
10 44 Roberto
ROLFO
ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 250.0 1’39.695 0.461 / 0.073
11 19 Xavier
SIMEON
BEL Holiday Gym Racing Moriwaki 248.0 1’39.761 0.527 / 0.066
12 14 Ratthapark
WILAIROT
THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 249.0 1’39.783 0.549 / 0.022
13 71 Claudio
CORTI
ITA Forward Racing Suter 247.7 1’39.787 0.553 / 0.004
14 29 Andrea
IANNONE
ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 259.6 1’39.787 0.553
15 48 Shoya
TOMIZAWA
JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 254.6 1’39.795 0.561 / 0.008
16 15 Alex DE
ANGELIS
RSM RSM Team Scot Force GP210 247.0 1’39.878 0.644 / 0.083
17 12 Thomas
LUTHI
SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 250.6 1’39.900 0.666 / 0.022
18 59 Niccolo
CANEPA
ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 249.5 1’39.920 0.686 / 0.020
19 2 Gabor
TALMACSI
HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 252.9 1’39.973 0.739 / 0.053
20 35 Raffaele
DE ROSA
ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 250.6 1’40.064 0.830 / 0.091