Moto2 Mugello: Round 4 Preview

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The new Moto2 World Championship is sure to provide plenty more nail-biting action at Mugello – the fastest track the new Honda CBR600-powered class has visited so far.

The first three races of the inaugural championship have already given it a reputation for thrills and spills, with 41 riders fighting for every one hundredth of a second.

At Le Mans two weeks ago Moto2 made history, with the closest grid in more than six decades of Grand Prix competition. At the end of qualifying just 0.969 seconds covered the top 27 riders!

Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) is currently the man on form, with two wins from the last two races giving him the points lead.

Now one of an elite group of riders who have won Grand Prix victories in four classes, Elias (who has won GPs on 125s, 250s, MotoGP bikes and now on a MotoGP machine) would dearly love to make it a Moto2 hat-trick at Mugello for his Italian team boss Fausto Gresini.

Qatar Moto2 winner Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Suter) was one of several fallers at Le Mans but still lies second on points. The Japanese struggled to produce his usual qualifying pace in France and ended up 15th on the grid, which got him caught up in the pack once the race started.

Italian Simone Corsi (Jir Moto2, Motobi) scored his first Moto2 podium in France and will be out to repeat that performance on home tarmac. Italy’s second best-placed Moto2 man is Roberto Rolfo (Italtrans S.T.R, Suter), currently ninth on points.

The 30-year-old has Mugello podium form – he took second in the 2001 Italian 250 GP. Last year’s Mugello 250 winner Mattia Pasini (Jir Moto2, Motobi) is 14th on points in the Moto2 series, with two non-scores from the last two races.

After Mugello the MotoGP World Championship has one weekend off before going into a frantic run of three races on consecutive weekends: the British GP on June 20, the Dutch TT on June 26 and the Catalan GP on July 4.

Moto2 RIDER QUOTES

Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP rider) says: "I cannot wait to get to Mugello. I don’t want to have another weekend like we had at Le Mans where I didn’t qualify so well, which really hurt us in the race. So I will do my best on the track and concentrate on setting up the bike. This is important for me and the team."

Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2 rider) says: "The Moto2 series is still very new, so it’s difficult to know what will happen this weekend. I have won the last two races, but no one knows what will happen at Mugello. The lap times are so close, so it’s very easy to be first at one moment, and then in tenth place the next. As usual, I will work hard with my team in practice and then give my full focus and concentration during the race. I am looking forward to it."

Simone Corsi (JIR Moto2 rider) says: "Mugello has always been an exciting race, either because it’s one of the most fascinating circuits of the championship or because it is my home GP, therefore the hills are filled by supporters and fans. Here Italians can give that little more. I’m happy and relaxed, because I come from a good podium in Le Mans which pays back the work done by the team and realises the continuous advancements we’ve made since the first race."

"I’m confident I’ll give a good performance, a victory is our real aim but the objective is to continue to improve, collecting as many points as possible for the championship. We’ll have to work hard on our performance in qualification, in order to start at the front and not let anybody get away."

GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA Moto2 Entry List

NumberRiderNationTeamMotorcycle
 2Gabor

TALMACSI
HUNFimmco Speed

Up
Speed Up
 3Simone

CORSI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi
 5Joan OLIVESPAJack & Jones by A.BanderasPromoharris
 6Alex DEBONSPAAeroport

de Castello – Ajo
FTR
 8Anthony

WEST
AUSMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda
 9Kenny NOYESUSAJack

& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris
 10Fonsi NIETOSPAHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki
 12Thomas

LUTHI
SWIInterwetten Moriwaki Moto2Moriwaki
 14Ratthapark

WILAIROT
THAThai Honda

PTT Singha SAG
Bimota
 15Alex DE

ANGELIS
RSMRSM Team ScotForce GP210
 16Jules

CLUZEL
FRAForward RacingSuter
 17Karel

ABRAHAM
CZECardion AB MotoracingFTR
W 19Xavier

SIMEON
BELHoliday Gym

Racing
Moriwaki
 21Vladimir

LEONOV
RUSVector Kiefer RacingSuter
 24Toni ELIASSPAGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki
 25Alex

BALDOLINI
ITACaretta Technology Race DeptI.C.P.
 29Andrea

IANNONE
ITAFimmco Speed

Up
Speed Up
 35Raffaele

DE ROSA
ITATech 3 RacingTech 3
 39Robertino

PIETRI
VENItaltrans

S.T.R.
Suter
 40Sergio

GADEA
SPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex
 41Arne TODEGERRacing Team GermanySuter
 44Roberto

ROLFO
ITAItaltrans S.T.R.Suter
 45Scott

REDDING
GBRMarc VDS

Racing Team
Suter
 48Shoya

TOMIZAWA
JPNTechnomag-CIPSuter
 52Lukas PESEKCZEMatteoni CP RacingMoriwaki
 53Valentin

DEBISE
FRAWTR San Marino TeamADV
 55Hector

FAUBEL
SPAMarc VDS Racing

Team
Suter
 59Niccolo

CANEPA
ITARSM Team ScotForce GP210
 60Julian

SIMON
SPAMapfre Aspar

Team
Suter
 61Vladimir

IVANOV
UKRGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki
 63Mike DI

MEGLIO
FRAMapfre Aspar

Team
Suter
 65Stefan

BRADL
GERViessmann Kiefer RacingSuter
 68Yonny

HERNANDEZ
COLBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2
 71Claudio

CORTI
ITAForward RacingSuter
 72Yuki

TAKAHASHI
JPNTech 3

Racing
Tech 3
 75Mattia

PASINI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi
 76Bernat

MARTINEZ
SPAMaquinza-SAG

Team
Bimota
 77Dominique

AEGERTER
SWITechnomag-CIPSuter
 80Axel PONSSPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex
 88Yannick

GUERRA
SPAHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki
 95Mashel

AL NAIMI
QATBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2
R(95)96Anthony

DELHALLE
FRABlusens-STXBQR-Moto2

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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. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).