Motorcycle Racing News Moto2 Mugello: Round 4 Preview

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

Number Rider Nation Team Motorcycle
  2 Gabor

TALMACSI

HUN Fimmco Speed

Up

Speed Up
  3 Simone

CORSI

ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi
  5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas Promoharris
  6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport

de Castello – Ajo

FTR
  8 Anthony

WEST

AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda
  9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris
  10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki
  12 Thomas

LUTHI

SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki
  14 Ratthapark

WILAIROT

THA Thai Honda

PTT Singha SAG

Bimota
  15 Alex DE

ANGELIS

RSM RSM Team Scot Force GP210
  16 Jules

CLUZEL

FRA Forward Racing Suter
  17 Karel

ABRAHAM

CZE Cardion AB Motoracing FTR
W 19 Xavier

SIMEON

BEL Holiday Gym

Racing

Moriwaki
  21 Vladimir

LEONOV

RUS Vector Kiefer Racing Suter
  24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki
  25 Alex

BALDOLINI

ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P.
  29 Andrea

IANNONE

ITA Fimmco Speed

Up

Speed Up
  35 Raffaele

DE ROSA

ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
  39 Robertino

PIETRI

VEN Italtrans

S.T.R.

Suter
  40 Sergio

GADEA

SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex
  41 Arne TODE GER Racing Team Germany Suter
  44 Roberto

ROLFO

ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter
  45 Scott

REDDING

GBR Marc VDS

Racing Team

Suter
  48 Shoya

TOMIZAWA

JPN Technomag-CIP Suter
  52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni CP Racing Moriwaki
  53 Valentin

DEBISE

FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV
  55 Hector

FAUBEL

SPA Marc VDS Racing

Team

Suter
  59 Niccolo

CANEPA

ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210
  60 Julian

SIMON

SPA Mapfre Aspar

Team

Suter
  61 Vladimir

IVANOV

UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki
  63 Mike DI

MEGLIO

FRA Mapfre Aspar

Team

Suter
  65 Stefan

BRADL

GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter
  68 Yonny

HERNANDEZ

COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2
  71 Claudio

CORTI

ITA Forward Racing Suter
  72 Yuki

TAKAHASHI

JPN Tech 3

Racing

Tech 3
  75 Mattia

PASINI

ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi
  76 Bernat

MARTINEZ

SPA Maquinza-SAG

Team

Bimota
  77 Dominique

AEGERTER

SWI Technomag-CIP Suter
  80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex
  88 Yannick

GUERRA

SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki
  95 Mashel

AL NAIMI

QAT Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2
R(95) 96 Anthony

DELHALLE

FRA Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2

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

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