FTR MOTO recorded a fifth podium finish of the 2010 Moto2 World Championship as Andrea Iannone finished third on the Speed Up FTR M210 machine in round nine at Brno, Czech Republic on Sunday.
Iannone – starting from second place on the front row of the grid – made a poor start and was forced to battle back from seventh place on the opening lap, eventually taking the lead of the race on the sixth lap from fellow FTR M210 rider Alex Debon.
Iannone was then closed down and lost the lead to eventual winner Toni Elias and was then forced to settle for third place as Yuki Takahashi took second place from the Italian in the closing stages of the motorcycle race.
Andrea Iannone says: "Today was a difficult day. I didn’t make a good start then eventually got to the front but the pace of Elias and Takahashi was too much for me in the end."
Gabor Talmacsi – Iannone’s Speed Up team-mate – fought his way through from 16th place on the grid to cross the finish line in a credible sixth place at the end of the 20-lap race while Debon, on the Aeroport de Castello-Ajo Team M210, finished in seventh.
Debon put in a spirited ride as he moved from 12th place on the opening lap to lead the race by lap five and eventually take his first finish since the British round at Silverstone two months ago. And the Spaniard’s progress was halted by a broken steering damper from the halfway stage of the race.
And there was no dream home race victory for promising Karel Abraham and his Cardion AB Motoracing Team FTR M210 as he was forced to miss the race following crashes in Friday’s practice and Saturday’s qualifying sessions. Abraham suffered minor injuries and mild concussion.
Steve Bones (FTR Manager) says: "Overall it’s great to see one of the M210s on the podium again although, at one point, I thought Iannone, Debon and Talmacsi were all heading for the victory! With all three of our machines in the top seven, including Alex with a broken damper, and out of 39 starters I’m more than happy."