Moto2 Mugello: Round 4 Preview

Moto2 Report

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
W19Xavier
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