Moto2 Le Mans: Kenny Noyes Report

Moto2 Report

Kenny Noyes, starting from the pole position in only his third Moto2 Grand Prix, felt comfortable running at the front for the first four laps of the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

He, eventual winner Toni Elías, and Frenchman Jules Cluzel were running together with in close motorcycle racing formation when Kenny suddenly lost the front on the entry to the Museum Corner and crashed.

There is a slight bump there that has unsettled the Honda-powered Moto2 Promoharris in practice, but this time it produced a front wheel push that he could not catch.

Looking back on the race weekend the Jack & Jones by Antonio Banderas left the Le Mans racetrack pleased with the pole position, the first by an American rider in the intermediate class (250/Moto2) since John Kocinski started from the pole at the Australian 250cc GP in 1990.

Kenny has been strong in the preseason and has fought for he lead both in Spain and in France. The strong performance in Le Mans, in spite of the crash, was especially encouraging because with it Kenny has shown that he can be fast on unfamiliar tracks.

And the next three races, Mugello in Italy, Silverstone in Great Britain and Assen in Holland, like this race, are on tracks where the Kenny has never raced.

The team struggled on Friday but found a good base setting on Saturday for Sunday’s race. The next thing on the "to do list" is to find some needed top speed by working with the aerodynamics.

Kenny Noyes says: "I got a good start and was comfortable running with Toni Elias. I tried passing him a couple of times but he got me right back so I thought maybe if I sat on his rear wheel the two of us could get pull some distance on the pack. The idea was to sit back and follow, even after Cluzel got into the mix, and not take any risks."

"The crash happened on the last curve where there is a little bump where the track has been patched. I had been feeling that bump all weekend and thinking that it could be a problem. I guess this time I was a little quicker when I threw the bike into the corner and it got me."

"It is a complicated track and without a lot of grip, but the fact is I made a mistake and we left town without points. But all in all it was an important weekend for us. We got our first pole and when I crashed out I was running third and feeling comfortable with the pace. This weekend was a big step forward for us."

Le Mans, Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki 150.1 43’29.277
2 20 60 Julian
SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 150.0 +1.336
3 16 3 Simone
ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 150.0 +2.831
4 13 29 Andrea
ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 149.8 +4.880
5 11 2 Gabor
HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 149.4 +13.293
6 10 40 Sergio
SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 149.4 +13.415
7 9 14 Ratthapark
THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 149.3 +14.294
8 8 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday
Gym G22
Moriwaki 149.3 +14.554
9 7 65 Stefan
GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 148.8 +23.503
10 6 44 Roberto
ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 148.8 +23.687
11 5 45 Scott
GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 148.8 +23.959
12 4 68 Yonny
COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 148.7 +24.955
13 3 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni
CP Racing
Moriwaki 148.7 +25.068
14 2 25 Alex
ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 148.6 +26.023
15 1 71 Claudio
ITA Forward Racing Suter 148.5 +28.765
16   6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR 148.3 +32.240
17   59 Niccolo
ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 148.2 +33.607
18   41 Arne TODE GER Racing
Team Germany
Suter 148.1 +34.789
19   12 Thomas
SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 147.7 +43.180
20   63 Mike DI
FRA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 147.7 +43.522
21   61 Vladimir
UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 147.4 +47.761
22   53 Valentin
FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV 147.2 +51.571
23   39 Robertino
VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 146.8 +59.692
24   5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris 146.8 +59.939
25   88 Yannick
SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 146.3 +1’07.377
26   8 Anthony
AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 145.9 +1’16.171
27   21 Vladimir
RUS Vector Kiefer Racing Suter 145.8 +1’16.528
28   95 Mashel
QAT Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 145.6 +1’20.977
29   76 Bernat
SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota 145.5 +1’22.982
30   77 Dominique
SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 138.2 2 Laps
Not Classified
    55 Hector
SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 143.2 10 Laps
    75 Mattia
ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 146.7 19 Laps
    48 Shoya
JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 146.7 19 Laps
    16 Jules
FRA Forward Racing Suter 149.1 20 Laps
    19 Xavier
BEL Holiday Gym Racing Moriwaki 148.1 20 Laps
    15 Alex DE
RSM RSM Team Scot Force GP210 148.1 20 Laps
    35 Raffaele
ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 147.2 21 Laps
    80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex 130.1 21 Laps
    9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris 148.1 22 Laps
    72 Yuki
JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 147.9 22 Laps
    17 Karel
CZE Cardion AB Motoracing FTR 99.2 25 Laps