Motorcycle Racing News Moto2 LeMans: Results, Quotes, Points

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

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.

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