FTR MOTO’s M210 Moto2 machine was taken to an impressive start to finish victory by Andrea Iannone in Sunday’s fourth round of the World Championship at the Mugello circuit in Italy.
Iannone, fastest in qualifying, became the first rider to win a Moto2 race from pole position and he did
so in dominant fashion, leading the 41-strong entry from start to finish on his Fimmco Speed Up Team
Iannone also recorded the fastest lap, a new lap record for the 3.257-mile circuit.
The 20-year-old Italian rider was more than seven seconds ahead at mid-race distance and eventually crossed the finish line 2.764s ahead of Spaniard Sergio Gadea in the 21-lap race.
Andrea Iannone says: “I’m very happy, I’d like to thank everyone, especially the people in the team who worked so hard over the winter to get this all set up. At Le Mans we were already beginning to understand things, to find a good direction on set-up, but I still didn’t think this could happen here at Mugello. I wasn’t easy to get the bike set up at the first races, but this is the result, the prize!”
Of the three other FTR M210s in the race, Iannone’s Speed Up team-mate Gabor Talmacsi finished seventh, Spain’s Alex Debon brought the Aeroport de Castello-Ajo Team machine home in 10th while Karel Abraham on the Cardion AB Motoracing Team machine finished 17th in only his second race on the FTR M210.
The results leave Iannone fifth in the World Championship – despite only scoring in two of the four rounds so far – Talmacsi is eighth and Debon ninth.
Steve Bones (FTR Director) says: “This is a superb day for FTR and the Speed Up Team. And the performance of Iannone is very impressive. His improvement on four-stroke machinery is dramatic.
“At the end of last season he struggled to challenge the top 10 in a Spanish Supersport Championship race and even the beginning of this season was tough for him but his fourth place at Le Mans two weeks ago was obviously a sign of his potential.”
All of the guys on our machines have performed well today and we’re really pleased for the riders, technicians and sponsors that we’ve been able to provide a machine capable of winning World Championship races.”
Andrea Iannone started racing bikes with the Abruzzo Junior team in the Italian and Spanish Championships after shining in pocket bikes. In 2009 Iannone rode under the Ongetta Team I.S.P.A banner.
FTR Moto will now turn its attentions to the Isle of Man where Olie Linsdell will race an FTR Moto2 machine – complete with World Supersport-spec motor – in the six-lap Senior TT race on Friday.
Then, at Jerez in Spain next Sunday Kev Coghlan will be hoping to take the lead of the CEV Buckler National Championship before making his Moto2 World Championship debut as a wild card rider in the Silverstone British round the following Sunday, June 20.