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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


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


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 /


4 16 Jules


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 /


6 40 Sergio


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 /


8 3 Simone


ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 252.5 1’39.598 0.364 / 0.081
9 60 Julian


SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 254.1 1’39.622 0.388 / 0.024
10 44 Roberto


ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 250.0 1’39.695 0.461 / 0.073
11 19 Xavier


BEL Holiday Gym Racing Moriwaki 248.0 1’39.761 0.527 / 0.066
12 14 Ratthapark


THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 249.0 1’39.783 0.549 / 0.022
13 71 Claudio


ITA Forward Racing Suter 247.7 1’39.787 0.553 / 0.004
14 29 Andrea


ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 259.6 1’39.787 0.553
15 48 Shoya


JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 254.6 1’39.795 0.561 / 0.008
16 15 Alex DE


RSM RSM Team Scot Force GP210 247.0 1’39.878 0.644 / 0.083
17 12 Thomas


SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 250.6 1’39.900 0.666 / 0.022
18 59 Niccolo


ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 249.5 1’39.920 0.686 / 0.020
19 2 Gabor


HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 252.9 1’39.973 0.739 / 0.053
20 35 Raffaele


ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 250.6 1’40.064 0.830 / 0.091

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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