Assen TT Qualifying
Moto2 had yet another tight qualifying session, with the top 15 covered by one second and the top 33 of 41 covered by two seconds.
For the second time this season, Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up) took the pole position. The Italian’s first pole came at his home race in Mugello, which he converted to his first Moto2 win.
Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG, Bimota) had an eventful session that ended with him qualifying a career best second fastest. Early in the session, however, Wilairot was involved in a racing incident with Alex Debon (Aeroport de Castello-Ajo, FTR), on the lap after Debon had set his fast lap.
Debon ended up with a fractured shoulder and has been ruled out of Saturday’s race. Wilairot was fined 3000 euros for riding in “an irresponsible manner.” No appeal was lodged and the decision of the race direction was final.
The Thai rider Wilairot finished second with a lap that was only .215s off the pace set by Iannone. He believed that starting from the front of the grid, rather than towards the back-his best Moto2 qualifying effort prior to today was 12th in Le Mans-will translate into a solid finish.
Debon crashed on his fourth lap as he was attempting to go around the outside of the slower running Wilairot. The session was immediately red flagged, but only briefly. When it continued, minutes later, Debon was on his way to the Clinica Mobile. The initial diagnosis was a fractured left shoulder, though more information is expected in the near future.
Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Suter) qualified only .080s behind Debon as he tries to defend second in the championship. This was Tomizawa’s first front row start since qualifying on the pole in Jerez and that one translated into a second place finish.
Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki), the rider Tomizawa trails in the championship, qualified sixth fastest and only .047s off the front row. Elias has had a pair of disappointing finishes, including tenth in the previous race at Silverstone, and believes he can change his momentum in Saturday’s seventh race of the championship.
The races in Assen are traditionally held on Saturday, a custom that is unique to the Dutch TT.
MOTO2 RIDER QUOTES
Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up: Pole position – 1m 39.092s) says: “Yeah, I have been quick this weekend, but tomorrow’s another day and tomorrow’s a race day as well, so you never know what’s going to happen. My rivals are going to work hard, make a few modifications, and try and challenge him. I also have a few problems I need to fix. But in general we are ready and tomorrow we will see if we can win. ”
Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG, Bimota: 2nd – 1m, 39.307s) says: “Of course we need to make the front row, because the last race, many races go by that we are in the back all the time. And this time-actually, I like this track also-we have to improve by position and also the bike now is perfect.”
Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Suter: 4th – 1m 39.664s) says: “Yes, I’m happy, but to be serious it’s been a long time since I’m up here. I’m very happy. Yes, I have problems for the front moving and also this morning big moving and I crashed. Also this qualifying practice was not so perfect, but I could make good time and this also made me so happy. But I have also many problems for tomorrow I have to improve for race.”
Pole position : 1m39.092s (165.01Km/h) Andrea Iannone, Fimmco Speed Up
Circuit Best Lap : 1m39.092s (165.01Km/h) Andrea Iannone, Fimmco Speed Up, 2010 –
Moto2 Qualifying Position
1 Andrea Iannone 1m39.092s ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
2 Ratthapark Wilairot +0.215s THA HONDA Thai Honda PTT SAG
3 Alex Debon +0.492s SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo
4 Shoya Tomizawa +0.572s JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP
5 Thomas Luthi +0.579s SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
6 Toni Elias +0.619s SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
7 Julian Simon +0.663s SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
8 Fonsi Nieto +0.685s SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
9 Claudio Corti +0.706s ITA HONDA Forward Racing
10 Jules Cluzel +0.737s FRA HONDA Forward Racing
11 Lukas Pesek +0.764s CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
12 Karel Abraham +0.898s CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Yuki Takahashi +0.933s JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing
14 Roberto Rolfo +0.951s ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
15 Mattia Pasini +0.993s ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
16 Stefan Bradl +1.133s GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing
17 Mike De Meglio +1.140s FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
18 Anthony West +1.154s AUS HONDA MZ Racing
19 Simone Corsi +1.170s ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
20 Scott Redding +1.221s GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
21 Arne Tode +1.321s GER HONDA Racing Team Germany
22 Yonny Hernandez +1.335s COL HONDA Blusens-STX
23 Gabor Talmacsi +1.383s HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
24 Valentin Debise +1.486s FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
25 Sergio Gadea +1.567s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
26 Alex De Angelis +1.568s SMR HONDA RSM Team Scot
27 Raffaele De Rosa +1.584s ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
28 Alex Baldolini +1.616s ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
29 Vladimir Ivanov +1.624s RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
30 Xavier Simeon +1.670s BEL HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
31 Niccolo Canepa +1.796s ITA HONDA RSM Team Scot
32 Axel Pons +1.876s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
33 Dominique Aegerter +1.914s SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
34 Kenny Noyes +2.126s USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
35 Hector Faubel +2.224s SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
36 Robertino Pietri +2.276s VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
37 Joan Olive +2.861s SPA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
38 Vladimir Leonov +2.875s RUS HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
39 Bernat Martinez +3.551s SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team