Motorcycle Racing News Moto2 Le Mans: Qualifying Results & Quotes

Moto2 Le Mans: Qualifying Results & Quotes

Moto2 Qualifying

Kenny Noyes (Jack & Jones by A.Banderas, PromoHarris) topped a typically frantic Moto2 qualifying session which made history as the closest in Grand Prix history; the fastest 27 riders covered by a mere 0.969 seconds.

GP rookie Noyes, who battled for the win at Jerez two weeks ago, had to work hard for his pole. The American went fastest midway through the hour-long outing, but was then shuttled down the order until he came back in fine style during the last few minutes.

He ended the session just 0.031 ahead of Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3 Racing, Tech 3), who was in turn 0.055 seconds ahead of Alex Debon (Aeroport de Castello-Ajo, FTR).

Last man on the front row was home favourite and Qatar podium finisher Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing, Suter).

Jerez winner Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) had a difficult afternoon, losing his rhythm when he fell at the final turn.

The Spaniard was able to continue riding, but only had the pace to make it onto row two. Qatar winner and points leader Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Suter) had an even tougher time, qualifying 15th, albeit only half a second off pole.

Continued fine weather is forecast for tomorrow’s racing. If all three races are run in the dry it will be the first time in four years that rain hasn’t affected the race day action at Le Mans.

MOTO2 RIDER QUOTES

Kenny Noyes (Jack & Jones by A.Banderas, PromoHarris) says: "It’s been an unbelievable start to the season, and preseason went well too. We had a good race at Jerez, but this weekend we’re at a track we didn’t know, so we knew it was going to be difficult and we certainly didn’t expect this. Yesterday I was down in 28th, but the team worked hard and gave me what I needed. Everything is so tight in Moto2 – it’s easy to be on pole or tenth."

Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3 Racing, Tech 3 )says: "I’m very happy. This Grand Prix is my team’s home race, so I want to make a good race for them. We all work very hard with our new bike and everyone in the team works so well together. Tomorrow I will try my best."

Alex Debon (Aeroport de Castello-Ajo, FTR) says: "So far we are having a good weekend. We have had a few problems but the team has worked well and we were able to qualify on the front row. Tomorrow we need to get a good start and then think about fighting for the victory."

Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing, Suter)says: "We struggled here last year, so I am very happy with this weekend so far. I am fast and consistent, so I hope that a win is possible for all the French fans. I thought we might get pole, but we didn’t quite. Anyway, the important thing in Moto2 is to qualify at the front and we made that. The start and first corners will be very tough."

Pole position : 1m39.234s (151.822Km/h) Kenny Noyes, 2010
Circuit Best Lap : 1m39.234s (151.822Km/h) Kenny Noyes, 2010

Qualifying Position

1

Kenny Noyes

1m39.234s

USA

HONDA

Jack & Jones by A.Banderas

2

Yuki Takahashi

+0.031s

JAP

HONDA

Tech 3 Racing

3

Alex Debon

+0.086s

SPA

HONDA

Aeroport de Castello – Ajo

4

Jules Cluzel

+0.100s

FRA

HONDA

Forward Racing

5

Fonsi Nieto

+0.168s

SPA

HONDA

G22 Holiday Gym

6

Sergio Gadea

+0.267s

SPA

HONDA

Tenerife 40 Pons

7

Toni Elias

+0.283s

SPA

HONDA

Gresini Racing Moto2

8

Simone Corsi

+0.364s

ITA

HONDA

JiR Moto2

9

Julian Simon

+0.388s

SPA

HONDA

Mapfre Aspar Team

10

Roberto Rolfo

+0.461s

ITA

HONDA

Italtrans S.T.R.

12

Ratthapark Wilairot

+0.549s

THA

HONDA

Thai Honda PTT SAG

13

Claudio Corti

+0.553s

ITA

HONDA

Forward Racing

14

Andrea Iannone

+0.553s

ITA

HONDA

Fimmco Speed Up

15

Shoya Tomizawa

+0.561s

JPN

HONDA

Technomag-CIP

16

Alex De Angelis

+0.644s

SMR

HONDA

RSM Team Scot

17

Thomas Luthi

+0.666s

SWI

HONDA

Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2

18

Niccolo Canepa

+0.686s

ITA

HONDA

RSM Team Scot

19

Gabor Talmacsi

+0.739s

HUN

HONDA

Fimmco Speed Up

20

Raffaele De Rosa

+0.830s

ITA

HONDA

Tech 3 Racing

21

Scott Redding

+0.853s

GBR

HONDA

Marc VDS Racing Team

22

Lukas Pesek

+0.859s

CZE

HONDA

Matteoni C.P. Racing

23

Axel Pons

+0.929s

SPA

HONDA

Tenerife 40 Pons

24

Yonny Hernandez

+0.950s

COL

HONDA

Blusens-STX

25

Karel Abraham

+0.951s

CZE

HONDA

Cardion AB Motoracing

26

Arne Tode

+0.966s

GER

HONDA

Racing Team Germany

27

Hector Faubel

+0.969s

SPA

HONDA

Marc VDS Racing Team

28

Alex Baldolini

+1.028s

ITA

HONDA

Caretta Technology Race Dept

29

Mike De Meglio

+1.081s

FRA

HONDA

Mapfre Aspar Team

30

Dominique Aegerter

+1.227s

SWI

HONDA

Technomag-CIP

31

Mattia Pasini

+1.351s

ITA

HONDA

JiR Moto2

32

Anthony West

+1.398s

AUS

HONDA

MZ Racing

33

Robertino Pietri

+1.432s

VEN

HONDA

Italtrans S.T.R.

34

Vladimir Ivanov

+1.512s

RUS

HONDA

Gresini Racing Moto2

35

Stefan Bradl

+1.519s

GER

HONDA

Viessman Kiefer Racing

36

Bernat Martinez

+2.275s

SPA

HONDA

Maquinza-SAG Team

37

Joan Olive

+2.298s

SPA

HONDA

Jack & Jones by A.Banderas

38

Valentin Debise

+2.415s

FRA

HONDA

WTR San Marino Team

39

Mashel Al Naimi

+2.555s

QAT

HONDA

Blusens-STX

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 Scott

Ron Lieback
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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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