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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
19Kenny NOYESUSAJack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris247.41’39.234
272Yuki
TAKAHASHI
JPNTech 3 RacingTech 3250.51’39.2650.031 / 0.031
36Alex DEBONSPAAeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR249.91’39.3200.086 /
0.055
416Jules
CLUZEL
FRAForward RacingSuter251.71’39.3340.100 / 0.014
510Fonsi NIETOSPAHoliday
Gym G22
Moriwaki248.51’39.4020.168 /
0.068
640Sergio
GADEA
SPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex255.11’39.5010.267 / 0.099
724Toni ELIASSPAGresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki249.41’39.5170.283 /
0.016
83Simone
CORSI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi252.51’39.5980.364 / 0.081
960Julian
SIMON
SPAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter254.11’39.6220.388 / 0.024
1044Roberto
ROLFO
ITAItaltrans S.T.R.Suter250.01’39.6950.461 / 0.073
1119Xavier
SIMEON
BELHoliday Gym RacingMoriwaki248.01’39.7610.527 / 0.066
1214Ratthapark
WILAIROT
THAThai Honda PTT Singha SAGBimota249.01’39.7830.549 / 0.022
1371Claudio
CORTI
ITAForward RacingSuter247.71’39.7870.553 / 0.004
1429Andrea
IANNONE
ITAFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up259.61’39.7870.553
1548Shoya
TOMIZAWA
JPNTechnomag-CIPSuter254.61’39.7950.561 / 0.008
1615Alex DE
ANGELIS
RSMRSM Team ScotForce GP210247.01’39.8780.644 / 0.083
1712Thomas
LUTHI
SWIInterwetten Moriwaki Moto2Moriwaki250.61’39.9000.666 / 0.022
1859Niccolo
CANEPA
ITARSM Team ScotForce GP210249.51’39.9200.686 / 0.020
192Gabor
TALMACSI
HUNFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up252.91’39.9730.739 / 0.053
2035Raffaele
DE ROSA
ITATech 3 RacingTech 3250.61’40.0640.830 / 0.091