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.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12524Toni ELIASSPAGresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki150.143’29.277
22060Julian
SIMON
SPAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter150.0+1.336
3163Simone
CORSI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi150.0+2.831
41329Andrea
IANNONE
ITAFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up149.8+4.880
5112Gabor
TALMACSI
HUNFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up149.4+13.293
61040Sergio
GADEA
SPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex149.4+13.415
7914Ratthapark
WILAIROT
THAThai Honda PTT Singha SAGBimota149.3+14.294
8810Fonsi NIETOSPAHoliday
Gym G22
Moriwaki149.3+14.554
9765Stefan
BRADL
GERViessmann Kiefer RacingSuter148.8+23.503
10644Roberto
ROLFO
ITAItaltrans S.T.R.Suter148.8+23.687
11545Scott
REDDING
GBRMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter148.8+23.959
12468Yonny
HERNANDEZ
COLBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2148.7+24.955
13352Lukas PESEKCZEMatteoni
CP Racing
Moriwaki148.7+25.068
14225Alex
BALDOLINI
ITACaretta Technology Race DeptI.C.P.148.6+26.023
15171Claudio
CORTI
ITAForward RacingSuter148.5+28.765
16 6Alex DEBONSPAAeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR148.3+32.240
17 59Niccolo
CANEPA
ITARSM Team ScotForce GP210148.2+33.607
18 41Arne TODEGERRacing
Team Germany
Suter148.1+34.789
19 12Thomas
LUTHI
SWIInterwetten Moriwaki Moto2Moriwaki147.7+43.180
20 63Mike DI
MEGLIO
FRAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter147.7+43.522
21 61Vladimir
IVANOV
UKRGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki147.4+47.761
22 53Valentin
DEBISE
FRAWTR San Marino TeamADV147.2+51.571
23 39Robertino
PIETRI
VENItaltrans S.T.R.Suter146.8+59.692
24 5Joan OLIVESPAJack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris146.8+59.939
25 88Yannick
GUERRA
SPAHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki146.3+1’07.377
26 8Anthony
WEST
AUSMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda145.9+1’16.171
27 21Vladimir
LEONOV
RUSVector Kiefer RacingSuter145.8+1’16.528
28 95Mashel
AL NAIMI
QATBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2145.6+1’20.977
29 76Bernat
MARTINEZ
SPAMaquinza-SAG TeamBimota145.5+1’22.982
30 77Dominique
AEGERTER
SWITechnomag-CIPSuter138.22 Laps
Not Classified
  55Hector
FAUBEL
SPAMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter143.210 Laps
  75Mattia
PASINI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi146.719 Laps
  48Shoya
TOMIZAWA
JPNTechnomag-CIPSuter146.719 Laps
  16Jules
CLUZEL
FRAForward RacingSuter149.120 Laps
  19Xavier
SIMEON
BELHoliday Gym RacingMoriwaki148.120 Laps
  15Alex DE
ANGELIS
RSMRSM Team ScotForce GP210148.120 Laps
  35Raffaele
DE ROSA
ITATech 3 RacingTech 3147.221 Laps
  80Axel PONSSPATenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex130.121 Laps
  9Kenny NOYESUSAJack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris148.122 Laps
  72Yuki
TAKAHASHI
JPNTech 3 RacingTech 3147.922 Laps
  17Karel
ABRAHAM
CZECardion AB MotoracingFTR99.225 Laps