Motorcycle Racing News Moto2 Mugello: Qualifying

Moto2 Mugello: Qualifying

Moto2 Report

Moto2 continues to throw up surprises, with Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up) scoring his first pole position in the class at Mugello this afternoon. The Italian’s previous best qualifying performance in Moto2 was 14th at Le Mans two weeks ago.

Moto2 is so close and competitive that there is very little difference to being fastest and being way down the qualifying order. At Le Mans the grid was the closest in GP history, with less than a second separating the fastest 27 qualifier. Here the top 18 men are covered by just 1.067s.

Iannone, three times a pole sitter in 125cc, was impressive in front of his home crowd, lapping more than a quarter of a second faster than anyone else, a big gap in the frantically close world of Moto2. Iannone’s crew had to work hard following a difficult morning session to fine tune his machine for the qualifying outing.

Points leader Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) also had to fight set-up issues, having completed the two free practice sessions 21st fastest. But his Gresini crew worked miracles for qualifying and the Spaniard was able to move up to the front row on his very last lap of the session, though he still needs to work to improve his race pace. He ended the day three tenths up on Alex De Angelis (RSM Team Scot, Force GP210). De Angelis has had a luckless and so far point-less start to Moto2, but the San Marinese hopes to turn that luck around this weekend.

Last man on the front row is Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing, Suter) who has already enjoyed podium success in Moto2 – at the Qatar GP – but crashed out of the recent French round while battling for the win in front of his home crowd.

Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Suter), winner of the historic Qatar round, was fifth quickest, missing out on a front-row start by a slender 0.012 seconds. To underline the closeness of the competition, Tomizawa’s fastest lap was exactly the same as that of Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons, Pons Kalex).

MOTO2 RIDER QUOTES

Andrea Iannone, Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up: pole position at 1m 55.598s, said:
"I am delighted because my fastest lap was a really good lap. This morning we had a few difficulties with the bike but we were able to solve them thanks to the good work of the team. The bike was much better in qualifying and that helped me to do that lap. Tomorrow there will be other problems – most likely Toni and Alex! It will be a difficult race, especially if we end up fighting in a big group. My aim is to get a good start and to try and go ahead on my own, but this will not be easy. I send my best wishes to Valentino [Rossi] for a speedy recovery from his injuries."

Toni Elias, Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki: 2nd at 1m 55.858s, said:
"It’s been a difficult weekend so far. We’ve struggled with the balance of the bike, especially in the faster sections of the track. We have some ideas to improve things but we didn’t want to risk trying them in qualifying, so we will see how they work in warm-up. We need to find half a second more of race pace, so we will see. The good thing is that I have a good grid position. I expect lots of fighting in the race."

Alex De Angelis, RSM Team Scot, Force GP210: 3rd at 1m 56.222, said:
"We’ve already had quite a bit of bad luck so far this season and we had some more today. Just before we put in my final soft tyre we had some issues with the brakes. That still bothered me on my final run but I was able to be quite fast, which makes me happy and quite confident."

Jules Cluzel, Forward Racing, Suter: 4th at 1m 56.272s, said:
"I am very happy to make the front row because we had some problems in qualifying practice. We had a problem with the clutch, so my crew had to work very hard to get the bike fixed. Then right at the end of the session, on my best lap, I had to pass three riders. I hope we can make a good race."

Pole position : 1m55.598s (163.341Km/h) Andrea Iannone, Fimmco Speed Up
Circuit Best Lap : 1m55.598s (163.341Km/h) Andrea Iannone, Fimmco Speed Up

Qualifying position

1

Andrea Iannone

1m55.598s

ITA

HONDA

Fimmco Speed Up

2

Toni Elias

+0.260s

SPA

HONDA

Gresini Racing Moto2

3

Alex De Angelis

+0.624s

SMR

HONDA

RSM Team Scot

4

Jules Cluzel

+0.674s

FRA

HONDA

Forward Racing

5

Shoya Tomizawa

+0.686s

JPN

HONDA

Technomag-CIP

6

Sergio Gadea

+0.698s

SPA

HONDA

Tenerife 40 Pons

7

Gabor Talmacsi

+0.707s

HUN

HONDA

Fimmco Speed Up

8

Axel Pons

+0.733s

SPA

HONDA

Tenerife 40 Pons

9

Thomas Luthi

+0.741s

SWI

HONDA

Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2

10

Julian Simon

+0.745s

SPA

HONDA

Mapfre Aspar Team

11

Alex Baldolini

+0.790s

ITA

HONDA

Caretta Technology Race Dept

12

Hector Faubel

+0.845s

SPA

HONDA

Marc VDS Racing Team

14

Raffaele De Rosa

+0.945s

ITA

HONDA

Tech 3 Racing

15

Alex Debon

+1.049s

SPA

HONDA

Aeroport de Castello – Ajo

16

Roberto Rolfo

+1.051s

ITA

HONDA

Italtrans S.T.R.

17

Lukas Pesek

+1.054s

CZE

HONDA

Matteoni C.P. Racing

18

Arne Tode

+1.067s

GER

HONDA

Racing Team Germany

19

Yuki Takahashi

+1.118s

JAP

HONDA

Tech 3 Racing

20

Karel Abraham

+1.120s

CZE

HONDA

Cardion AB Motoracing

21

Mike De Meglio

+1.148s

FRA

HONDA

Mapfre Aspar Team

22

Claudio Corti

+1.201s

ITA

HONDA

Forward Racing

23

Stefan Bradl

+1.253s

GER

HONDA

Viessman Kiefer Racing

24

Ratthapark Wilairot

+1.290s

THA

HONDA

Thai Honda PTT SAG

25

Mattia Pasini

+1.299s

ITA

HONDA

JiR Moto2

26

Simone Corsi

+1.300s

ITA

HONDA

JiR Moto2

27

Yonny Hernandez

+1.313s

COL

HONDA

Blusens-STX

28

Scott Redding

+1.451s

GBR

HONDA

Marc VDS Racing Team

29

Dominique Aegerter

+1.782s

SWI

HONDA

Technomag-CIP

30

Vladimir Ivanov

+1.794s

RUS

HONDA

Gresini Racing Moto2

31

Niccolo Canepa

+1.802s

ITA

HONDA

RSM Team Scot

32

Robertino Pietri

+1.857s

VEN

HONDA

Italtrans S.T.R.

33

Kenny Noyes

+1.869s

USA

HONDA

Jack & Jones by A.Banderas

34

Joan Olive

+1.991s

SPA

HONDA

Jack & Jones by A.Banderas

35

Fonsi Nieto

+2.092s

SPA

HONDA

G22 Holiday Gym

36

Bernat Martinez

+2.135s

SPA

HONDA

Maquinza-SAG Team

37

Valentin Debise

+2.342s

FRA

HONDA

WTR San Marino Team

38

Vladimir Leonov

+2.649s

RUS

HONDA

Vector Kiefer Racing

39

Anthony West

+2.832s

AUS

HONDA

MZ Racing

Championship standings

1

Toni Elias

63 pts

SPA

HONDA

Gresini Racing Moto2

2

Shoya Tomizawa

45 pts

JPN

HONDA

Technomag-CIP

3

Simone Corsi

35 pts

ITA

HONDA

JiR Moto2

4

Julian Simon

28 pts

SPA

HONDA

Mapfre Aspar Team

5

Sergio Gadea

26 pts

SPA

HONDA

Tenerife 40 Pons

6

Thomas Luthi

25 pts

SWI

HONDA

Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2

7

Gabor Talmacsi

25 pts

HUN

HONDA

Fimmco Speed Up

8

Roberto Rolfo

21 pts

ITA

HONDA

Italtrans S.T.R.

9

Jules Cluzel

21 pts

FRA

HONDA

Forward Racing

10

Alex Debon

20 pts

SPA

HONDA

Aeroport de Castello – Ajo

11

Yuki Takahashi

13 pts

JAP

HONDA

Tech 3 Racing

12

Andrea Iannone

13 pts

ITA

HONDA

Fimmco Speed Up

13

Fonsi Nieto

11 pts

SPA

HONDA

G22 Holiday Gym

14

Yonny Hernandez

10 pts

COL

HONDA

Blusens-STX

15

Mattia Pasini

10 pts

ITA

HONDA

JiR Moto2

16

Stefan Bradl

9 pts

GER

HONDA

Viessman Kiefer Racing

17

Ratthapark Wilairot

9 pts

THA

HONDA

Thai Honda PTT SAG

18

Kenny Noyes

9 pts

USA

HONDA

Jack & Jones by A.Banderas

19

Dominique Aegerter

8 pts

SWI

HONDA

Technomag-CIP

20

Alex Baldolini

6 pts

ITA

HONDA

Caretta Technology Race Dept

21

Scott Redding

5 pts

GBR

HONDA

Marc VDS Racing Team

22

Lukas Pesek

4 pts

CZE

HONDA

Matteoni C.P. Racing

23

Karel Abraham

2 pts

CZE

HONDA

Cardion AB Motoracing

24

Claudio Corti

1 pts

ITA

HONDA

Forward Racing

25

Anthony West

1 pts

AUS

HONDA

MZ Racing

26

Yannick Guerra

0 pts

SPA

HONDA

G22 Holiday Gym

27

Vladimir Leonov

0 pts

RUS

HONDA

Vector Kiefer Racing

28

Vladimir Ivanov

0 pts

RUS

HONDA

Gresini Racing Moto2

29

Valentin Debise

0 pts

FRA

HONDA

WTR San Marino Team

30

Robertino Pietri

0 pts

VEN

HONDA

Italtrans S.T.R.

31

Raffaele De Rosa

0 pts

ITA

HONDA

Tech 3 Racing

32

Niccolo Canepa

0 pts

ITA

HONDA

RSM Team Scot

33

Mike De Meglio

0 pts

FRA

HONDA

Mapfre Aspar Team

34

Mashel Al Naimi

0 pts

QAT

HONDA

Blusens-STX

35

Joan Olive

0 pts

SPA

HONDA

Jack & Jones by A.Banderas

36

Ivan Moreno

0 pts

SPA

HONDA

Andalucia Cajasol

37

Hector Faubel

0 pts

SPA

HONDA

Marc VDS Racing Team

38

Bernat Martinez

0 pts

SPA

HONDA

Maquinza-SAG Team

39

Axel Pons

0 pts

SPA

HONDA

Tenerife 40 Pons

40

Arne Tode

0 pts

GER

HONDA

Racing Team Germany

41

Anthony Delhalle

0 pts

FRA

HONDA

Qatar Endurance Racing Team

42

Amadeo Llados

0 pts

SPA

HONDA

Llados Racing Team

43

Alex De Angelis

0 pts

SMR

HONDA

RSM Team Sco

 

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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