Motorcycle Racing News Moto2 Silverstone: Results, Quotes, Points

Moto2 Silverstone: Results, Quotes, Points

Moto2 Results

Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing, Suter) won his first Grand Prix victory at Silverstone this afternoon, winning a thrilling four-man contest in the Moto2 race.

The Frenchman beat Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2, Moriwaki) by just five hundredths of a second, with Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team, Suter) a few metres behind. The top four were covered by less than two tenths of a second.

Once again, the Honda-powered Moto2 series retained its reputation for unpredictability with the three winners of the first four races not even in contention for a podium finish here. Losail winner Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Suter) finished sixth, Jerez and Le Mans victor Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) tenth – after making up four places in the last three laps – and Mugello winner Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up) 12th.

Most of the race was dominated by Cluzel, team-mate Claudio Corti (Forward Racing, Suter) and Simon. The trio had a two second gap on the rest of the pack until Luthi caught them at two-thirds distance, with local hero Redding right behind him. Luthi’s charge had taken him from 17th to fourth in ten laps.

The last six laps were edge-of-the-seat entertainment, with Luthi working hard to pick off the three men in front of him. The former 125 World Champion finally hit the front on lap 16 of 18 and opened up a small lead while Corti tumbled out at Vale corner with one lap to go. On the final lap Cluzel ate into Luthi’s advantage, so that when the Swiss rider almost lost the rear into Vale, Cluzel pounced and took the lead.

Cluzel, who had crashed out of the two previous races, was delighted with his first GP victory, which moves him into seventh in the Moto2 points chase. Elias retains first place in the championship, 15 points ahead of Tomizawa, with Luthi a further seven points behind.

Today’s five-way second group battle was won by Alex Debon (Aeroport de Castello-Ajo, FTR) who crossed the line a fraction ahead of Tomizawa, Mike Di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter) and Xavier Simeon (Holiday Gym G22, Moriwaki). The group – which was covered by half a second at the flag – lost one rider on the last lap when Yonny Hernandez (Blusens-STX, BQR) crashed out.

MOTO2 RIDER QUOTES

Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing, Suter) says: “I’m very happy with this win, especially after my mistakes at the last two races where I was fast but crashed out. Here I decided to stay on the bike and work for the race. I tried to be clever, rather than worry out being absolute fastest. You don’t need to be in front all the time, but when you are, you can push, but being first isn’t everything, it’s important to get points. I felt so good on the bike in the race, so I have to thank my team because we made some changes in warm-up and they didn’t feel so good. They worked hard this morning and in the race I was able to push hard.”

Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2, Moriwaki) says: “Things got a bit tight at the first corner – two riders in front of me touched, so I had to go wide and that lost me some positions. I worked hard to get back to the front. I was lucky the front group stayed together because once I had got clear of the other riders I had a clear track in front of me, so I was able to put in some good lap times and catch the group. The bike was good, so I could fight. When I was in front on the last lap I didn’t know if the others were close enough to use my slipstream, so I pushed hard to stay ahead. In the end I pushed too hard and had a big moment at Vale. Cluzel got past me and after that there was no chance for me to get past again.”

Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter) says: “I’m happy with this podium, especially because we had a bad weekend at Mugello. This weekend we have been up front all the time. In the race I got a good start and was able to get into the lead after a few laps and push hard. But it was impossible to break away from Cluzel and Corti. In the final part I was waiting for the last lap. I had a plan to get back into first place but there was no chance. Anyway, I’m happy with this podium and the points. The good thing is that after the problems we had at Mugello that the bike felt really nice here.”

Pole position : 2m09.624s (163.914Km/h) Claudio Corti, Forward Racing

Fastest lap : Lap 12 – 2m09.886s (163.583Km/h) Thomas Luthi, Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2

Circuit record lap : 2m09.886s (163.583Km/h) Thomas Luthi, Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2

Circuit Best Lap : 2m09.624s (163.914Km/h) Claudio Corti, Forward Racing, 2010

Moto2 Event results – Round 5 – Race 1

1 Jules Cluzel 39m19.472s FRA HONDA Forward Racing

2 Thomas Luthi +0.057s SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2

3 Julian Simon +0.322s SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team

4 Scott Redding +0.520s GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team

5 Alex Debon +5.271s SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo

6 Shoya Tomizawa +5.377s JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP

7 Mike De Meglio +5.484s FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team

8 Xavier Simeon +5.709s BEL HONDA G22 Holiday Gym

9 Dominique Aegerter +10.240s SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP

10 Toni Elias +10.411s SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2

11 Fonsi Nieto +10.701s SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym

12 Andrea Iannone +10.741s ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up

13 Ratthapark Wilairot +10.959s THA HONDA Thai Honda PTT SAG

14 Arne Tode +16.062s GER HONDA Racing Team Germany

15 Sergio Gadea +16.161s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons

16 Niccolo Canepa +24.118s ITA HONDA RSM Team Scot

17 Anthony West +29.563s AUS HONDA MZ Racing

18 Yuki Takahashi +29.952s JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing

19 Vladimir Ivanov +30.218s RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2

20 Lukas Pesek +31.289s CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing

21 Kenny Noyes +31.423s USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas

22 Kev Coghlan +31.715s SCO HONDA Monlan Joey Darcey Team

23 Axel Pons +31.819s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons

24 Roberto Rolfo +35.447s ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.

25 Bernat Martinez +35.851s SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team

26 Valentin Debise +42.924s FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team

27 Robertino Pietri +51.566s VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.

28 Raffaele De Rosa +56.529s ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing

29 Vladimir Leonov +58.361s RUS HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing

30 Claudio Corti +1m18.671s ITA HONDA Forward Racing

31 Yonny Hernandez NC – 1 Lap COL HONDA Blusens-STX

32 Alex Baldolini NC – 1 Lap ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept

33 Karel Abraham NC – 1 Lap CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing

34 Hector Faubel NC – 1 Lap SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team

35 Mattia Pasini NC – 2 Laps ITA HONDA JiR Moto2

36 Gabor Talmacsi NC – 3 Laps HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up

37 Anthony Delhalle NC – 5 Laps FRA HONDA Qatar Endurance Racing Team

38 Simone Corsi NC – 17 Laps ITA HONDA JiR Moto2

39 Stefan Bradl NC – 17 Laps GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing

Moto2 Championship Standings

1 Toni Elias 80 pts SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2

2 Shoya Tomizawa 65 pts JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP

3 Thomas Luthi 58 pts SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2

4 Simone Corsi 51 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2

5 Julian Simon 51 pts SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team

6 Sergio Gadea 47 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons

7 Jules Cluzel 46 pts FRA HONDA Forward Racing

8 Andrea Iannone 42 pts ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up

9 Alex Debon 37 pts SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo

10 Gabor Talmacsi 34 pts HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up

11 Yuki Takahashi 21 pts JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing

12 Roberto Rolfo 21 pts ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.

13 Scott Redding 18 pts GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team

14 Fonsi Nieto 17 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym

15 Dominique Aegerter 15 pts SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP

16 Ratthapark Wilairot 12 pts THA HONDA Thai Honda PTT SAG

17 Stefan Bradl 11 pts GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing

18 Yonny Hernandez 10 pts COL HONDA Blusens-STX

19 Mattia Pasini 10 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2

20 Mike De Meglio 9 pts FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team

21 Kenny Noyes 9 pts USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas

22 Alex Baldolini 9 pts ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept

23 Xavier Simeon 8 pts BEL HONDA G22 Holiday Gym

24 Alex De Angelis 5 pts SMR HONDA RSM Team Scot

25 Lukas Pesek 4 pts CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing

26 Hector Faubel 4 pts SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team

27 Karel Abraham 2 pts CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing

28 Arne Tode 2 pts GER HONDA Racing Team Germany

29 Claudio Corti 1 pts ITA HONDA Forward Racing

30 Anthony West 1 pts AUS HONDA MZ Racing

31 Yannick Guerra 0 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym

32 Vladimir Leonov 0 pts RUS HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing

33 Vladimir Ivanov 0 pts RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2

34 Valentin Debise 0 pts FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team

35 Robertino Pietri 0 pts VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.

36 Raffaele De Rosa 0 pts ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing

37 Niccolo Canepa 0 pts ITA HONDA RSM Team Scot

38 Mashel Al Naimi 0 pts QAT HONDA Blusens-STX

39 Kev Coghlan 0 pts SCO HONDA Monlan Joey Darcey Team

40 Joan Olive 0 pts SPA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas

41 Ivan Moreno 0 pts SPA HONDA Andalucia Cajasol

42 Bernat Martinez 0 pts SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team

43 Axel Pons 0 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons

44 Anthony Delhalle 0 pts FRA HONDA Qatar Endurance Racing Team

45 Amadeo Llados 0 pts SPA HONDA Llados Racing Team

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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