Moto2 Brno: Elias Takes Historical Win

MotoGP News

Sunday was an historic day for Team Gresini, the team celebraing their 100th podium finish from 249 starts.

This important milestone was reached with a sensational Moto2 victory for Toni Elias at Brno, Round 10 of the MotoGP Championship. Elias continued his brilliant run of form with a dominant second half of the race despite missing Friday´s free practice.

The Spaniard moves a step closer to the first ever Moto2 title although he knows there is still a long way to go and is determined not to lose his concentration amidst the celebrations of a memorable achievement for the team.

Toni Elias says: "I am absolutely delighted! It´s a fantastic day for the team because of the win and because of the 100th podium. To have contributed to such a milestone is really incredible for me. The result today is the fruit of a lot of hard work and it was an important victory in terms of the championship because with Iannone finishing third I was able to extend my advantage at the top a little."

"I managed to stay calm over the first few laps and then from half distance start making up ground that allowed me to take the win and start the celebrations with Team Gresini."

Vladimir Ivanov says: "I´m not happy with the race today and there is not much I can say about it other than to congratulate Toni Elias on the win and Team Gresini on their 100th podium."

Fausto Gresini says: "It is a memorable day because to score our 100th podium with a victory is extra special. The fact we extended our lead in the championship makes it even better. It is an important cushion but there is still a long way to go in the championship and there are a lot of points still available. Obviously this is another important step towards our goal but we cannot afford to relax - we have to keep working and keep trying to produce performances like this one. I´m so happy!"

Moto2 Official Report

A controlled and well-measured ride from standings leader Toni Elías delivered the Spaniard's fourth win of the 2010 campaign at Brno, which also marked the Gresini team's 100th podium finish in the World Championship.

As opposed to the start of the earlier 125cc contest the Moto2 riders were met with sun as they lined up on the grid, and early in the race there were up to nine riders battling for the lead, amongst them pole man Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP) and Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing), who got off to a great start from the third row.

Arne Tode (Racing Team Germany) crashed out early on but there were few fallers, and Elías patiently monitored the situation at the head of the race, sidling up to Tomizawa. Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up) was also in the group vying for positions towards the front and the Italian moved into first position as halfway approached.

Iannone threatened to pull away as he has done more than once before this season, but Elías recovered a gap of over a second to overtake on lap 13 as Roberto Rolfo (Italtrans STR) became involved in the top-three battle. Unfortunately for the Italian a mechanical failure on the next lap ended his race prematurely after an impressive ride.

The experienced Elías started to pull away and Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3 Racing) passed Iannone to slot into second on the penultimate lap, a position he held to the finish line. The victorious Elías met the chequered flag with an advantage of 2.312s over the Japanese rider to take the 25 points, with Iannone third behind Takahashi by just over six-tenths of a second.

Cluzel and Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) completed the top five, with Gabor Talmacsi (Fimmco Speed Up) completing a solid weekend in sixth. Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Racing) placed 11th, which means Iannone now sits second in the Championship standings at seven points ahead of the Swiss rider. Elías' lead at the top remains strong after nine rounds and he is now 55 points clear.

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 154.9 41'51.715
2 20 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 154.7 +2.312
3 16 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 154.7 +2.959
4 13 16 Jules CLUZEL FRA Forward Racing Suter 154.5 +6.905
5 11 60 Julian SIMON SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 154.5 +6.974
6 10 2 Gabor TALMACSI HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 154.4 +7.024
7 9 6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport de Castello - Ajo FTR 154.4 +7.808
8 8 3 Simone CORSI ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 154.2 +11.691
9 7 65 Stefan BRADL GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 153.9 +15.958
10 6 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 153.9 +15.974
11 5 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 153.9 +16.486
12 4 55 Hector FAUBEL SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 153.9 +16.490
13 3 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 153.7 +19.426
14 2 40 Sergio GADEA SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 153.6 +20.130
15 1 35 Raffaele DE ROSA ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 153.6 +20.227
16 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 153.6 +20.233
17 25 Alex BALDOLINI ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 153.3 +25.738
18 8 Anthony WEST AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 153.2 +27.526
19 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Holiday Gym Racing Moriwaki 153.2 +27.711
20 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 153.1 +28.895
21 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 152.7 +36.263
22 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 152.2 +44.281
23 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 152.1 +46.446
24 4 Ricard CARDUS SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota 152.0 +47.620
25 80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 152.0 +47.798
26 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Forward Racing Suter 152.0 +47.966
27 61 Vladimir IVANOV UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 151.9 +48.499
28 59 Niccolo CANEPA ITA RSM Team Scot Suter 151.7 +51.993
29 39 Robertino PIETRI VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 151.7 +52.243
30 95 Mashel AL NAIMI QAT Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 151.7 +53.151
31 5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas Promoharris 151.7 +53.478
32 53 Valentin DEBISE FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV 151.3 +1'00.080
33 88 Yannick GUERRA SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 150.8 +1'08.242
Not Classified
44 Roberto ROLFO ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 154.5 6 Laps
11 Yusuke TESHIMA JPN JIR Moto2 Motobi 151.4 8 Laps
52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni CP Racing Moriwaki 151.1 11 Laps
81 Patrik VOSTAREK CZE Vector Kiefer Racing Suter 146.5 18 Laps
9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas Promoharris 142.1 19 Laps
Not Starting
41 Arne TODE GER Racing Team Germany Suter 0 Lap



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