Moto2 LeMans: Results, Quotes, Points

Moto2 Results

Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) won an incident-packed Moto2 race to move into the lead of the new Honda-powered World Championship.

Two weeks after winning a battle royal at Jerez, the Spaniard had a mostly untroubled run to victory at Le Mans, chased all the way by reigning 125 World Champion Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter) who never quite got close enough to mount an attack on his compatriot.

Elias crossed the finish line 1.336 seconds ahead of Simon, who was having his first race aboard a Suter-framed bike. Simone Corsi (Jir Moto2, Motobi) won a race-long duel for third place with Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up).

Iannone’s team-mate and former 125 World Champion Gabor Talmacsi (Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up) held onto fifth place, with three riders right behind him in the final laps: Sergio Gadea (Pons Racing, Kalex), Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT Singa SAG, Bimota) and Fonsi Nieto (Holiday Gym G22, Moriwaki).

Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing, Suter) won a similarly hectic five-man contest for ninth place. Front-row qualifier Alex Debon (Aeroport de Castello-Ajo, FTR) led the early stages but received a ride-through penalty for jumping the start and could only finish 16th, one place outside the points.

There were plenty of incidents during the 26 laps, with 13 riders falling. Local hero Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing, Suter) crashed at the high-speed first turn just moments after snatching the lead from Elias on lap six.

Other significant non-finishers were Qatar winner and former points leader Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Suter), Le Mans pole-sitter Kenny Noyes (Jack & Jones by A.Banderas, PromoHarris) and second fastest qualifier Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3 Racing, Tech 3).

MOTO2 RIDER QUOTES

Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki: 1st says): "This is the first weekend that I’ve felt more or less okay with the injuries I sustained during preseason testing. I’m still not 100 per cent, but on the bike I could ride 100 per cent, so the injuries weren’t a problem in the race. The problem was my crash during yesterday’s qualifying session, so I have to say a big thank you to my team for fixing the bike very quickly so I could get back on track for the last 15 minutes."

"I was able to qualify seventh and that was okay, good enough for the start. The beginning was very difficult, but as the fuel load dropped a little I could improve my rhythm. The only other guy going really fast was Julian. He made me suffer a bit but I was able to ride 100 per cent the last few laps and finally it was an easy win."

Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter: 2nd) says: "There was nothing I could about Toni today – his rhythm was too fast for me to be able to attack him. But I am happy because this is my first podium in Moto2, so it’s a great day for me. I was able to be very aggressive in the early stages, which got me into a good position. Overall, it’s been a complicated weekend with a lot of work to do in practice because this was our first race with the Suter chassis. We had some trouble, so this morning we made some new settings for warm-up, and the bike felt a lot better. I would like to thank my team and sponsors for allowing us to change chassis and do it well."

Simone Corsi (Jir Moto2 Motobi: 3rd) says: "It’s good to score my first podium in Moto2. The beginning of the race wasn’t easy for us, but as the race went on, I felt stronger and stronger on the bike, which allowed me to beat Iannone. Now we are growing with every race, and that’s the most important thing."

Pole position : 1m39.234s (151.822Km/h) Kenny Noyes, Jack&Jones 2010
Fastest lap : Lap 3 – 1m39.169s (151.169Km/h) Jules Cluzel, Forward Racing
Circuit record lap : 1m39.169s (151.169Km/h) Jules Cluzel, Forward Racing
Circuit Best Lap : 1m39.234s (151.822Km/h) Kenny Noyes, Jack&Jones 2010

Event Results – Round 3 – Race 1
1 Toni Elias 43m29.277s SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
2 Julian Simon +1.336s SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
3 Simone Corsi +2.831s ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
4 Andrea Iannone +4.880s ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
5 Gabor Talmacsi +13.293s HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
6 Sergio Gadea +13.415s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
7 Ratthapark Wilairot +14.294s THA HONDA Thai Honda PTT SAG
8 Fonsi Nieto +14.554s SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
9 Stefan Bradl +23.503s GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing
10 Roberto Rolfo +23.687s ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
11 Scott Redding +23.959s GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
12 Yonny Hernandez +24.955s COL HONDA Blusens-STX
13 Lukas Pesek +25.068s CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
14 Alex Baldolini +26.023s ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
15 Claudio Corti +28.765s ITA HONDA Forward Racing
16 Alex Debon +32.240s SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo
17 Niccolo Canepa +33.607s ITA HONDA RSM Team Scot
18 Arne Tode +34.789s GER HONDA Racing Team Germany
19 Thomas Luthi +43.180s SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
20 Mike De Meglio +43.522s FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
21 Vladimir Ivanov +47.761s RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
22 Valentin Debise +51.571s FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
23 Robertino Pietri +59.692s VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
24 Joan Olive +59.939s SPA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
25 Yannick Guerra +1m07.377s SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
26 Anthony West +1m16.171s AUS HONDA MZ Racing
27 Vladimir Leonov +1m16.528s RUS HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
28 Mashel Al Naimi +1m20.977s QAT HONDA Blusens-STX
29 Bernat Martinez +1m22.982s SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
30 Dominique Aegerter +2 Laps SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
31 Hector Faubel NC – 10 Laps SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
32 Mattia Pasini NC – 19 Laps ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
33 Shoya Tomizawa NC – 19 Laps JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP
34 Jules Cluzel NC – 20 Laps FRA HONDA Forward Racing
36 Alex De Angelis NC – 20 Laps SMR HONDA RSM Team Scot
37 Raffaele De Rosa NC – 21 Laps ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
38 Axel Pons NC – 21 Laps SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
39 Kenny Noyes NC – 22 Laps USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
 
Championship Standings
1 Toni Elias 63 pts SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
2 Shoya Tomizawa 45 pts JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP
3 Simone Corsi 35 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
4 Julian Simon 28 pts SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
5 Sergio Gadea 26 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
6 Thomas Luthi 25 pts SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
7 Gabor Talmacsi 25 pts HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
8 Roberto Rolfo 21 pts ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
9 Jules Cluzel 21 pts FRA HONDA Forward Racing
10 Alex Debon 20 pts SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo
11 Yuki Takahashi 13 pts JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing
12 Andrea Iannone 13 pts ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
13 Fonsi Nieto 11 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
14 Yonny Hernandez 10 pts COL HONDA Blusens-STX
15 Mattia Pasini 10 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
16 Stefan Bradl 9 pts GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing
17 Ratthapark Wilairot 9 pts THA HONDA Thai Honda PTT SAG
18 Kenny Noyes 9 pts USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
19 Dominique Aegerter 8 pts SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
20 Alex Baldolini 6 pts ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
21 Scott Redding 5 pts GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
22 Lukas Pesek 4 pts CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
23 Karel Abraham 2 pts CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
24 Claudio Corti 1 pts ITA HONDA Forward Racing
25 Anthony West 1 pts AUS HONDA MZ Racing
26 Yannick Guerra 0 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
27 Vladimir Leonov 0 pts RUS HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
28 Vladimir Ivanov 0 pts RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
29 Valentin Debise 0 pts FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
30 Robertino Pietri 0 pts VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
31 Raffaele De Rosa 0 pts ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
32 Niccolo Canepa 0 pts ITA HONDA RSM Team Scot
33 Mike De Meglio 0 pts FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
34 Mashel Al Naimi 0 pts QAT HONDA Blusens-STX
35 Joan Olive 0 pts SPA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
36 Ivan Moreno 0 pts SPA HONDA Andalucia Cajasol
37 Hector Faubel 0 pts SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
38 Bernat Martinez 0 pts SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
39 Axel Pons 0 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
40 Arne Tode 0 pts GER HONDA Racing Team Germany
41 Anthony Delhalle 0 pts FRA HONDA Qatar Endurance Racing Team
42 Amadeo Llados 0 pts SPA HONDA Llados Racing Team
43 Alex De Angelis 0 pts SMR HONDA RSM Team Scott