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