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