Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) extended his world championship lead with his fifth win of the season in the red flag-interrupted Moto2 final, despite suffering from a fever and body pains that made the 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) heat unbearable and sapped his strength.
The first attempt to start the race ended with a pair of multi-rider crashes in turn two. The re-start would be 30 minutes later and Elias was ready.
Elias bolted into the lead from sixth on the grid, taking Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team, Suter) and Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter) with him.
Simon passed Redding on the third lap and set out for Elias, taking him on the draft into turn one on the fifth lap.
Simon held back Elias from the fifth to the twelfth, but the veteran made a smooth pass of Simon entering the first turn on lap 12.
That set up the fight to the finish, as Redding didn’t appear to have the straight line speed of the lead duo. He would finish third, his best in Moto2.
Elias held off Simon to take his fifth win and extend his championship lead to 67 points over Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up), the fourth place-finishing Italian.
Following the championship’s second trip to the U.S., the paddock quickly packed their gear for the flights back to Europe and next Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix in Misano, Italy.
Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) 1st says:
“I’m so tired! Only ourselves and the doctors at the Clinica Mobile know the true shape I was in this weekend. It has been an extremely difficult weekend because I had no strength, my blood pressure was very low and I had a fever and pain all over my body.”
“I just had to try and save as much energy as possible for the race and even though I made a few small mistakes I hung on, held off Simon was able to win. The 25 points we scored today are a real bonus and I have to thank everybody at the Clinica Mobile for helping me so much. I suffered and so did the team and the Moriwaki family, who are here at Indianapolis and are doing a wonderful job.”
Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter) 2nd says: “Yeah, I tried to pass (Elias) in the last part of the race, but he was a little bit better than me and could not take exactly for pass to him. So I’m happy for my effort of this weekend. Not lucky as last year, I don’t like, but I make a very good weekend. So I’m happy for this, also for my feeling now on my bike. And, of course, I win some race finally of decision.”
Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team, Suter) 3rd says: “We’ve been on it all weekend. We were at the top of the time sheet for the first two free practices, felt really good in qualifying, real good in warm-up. We were doing consistent laps with 10-lap-old tires. You know, it was all going good this weekend. We had a nice, soft, gentle mentality against it, you know. And we did the best we could. I did 110 percent, as you can see.”
“Yeah, toward the end of the race, it was really tough. I was struggling to get past the humidity. First corner, you know, you sit up and the helmet just stops in your face, and heat off the engine also don’t help the situation, but we were just pushing strong as I could, you know. It was the best effort I’ve ever put in to get on a podium, you know.”
“Yeah, it was really good. We had a bit of trouble with the rear tyre towards the end of the race. But, you know, I guess Simon and Elias were also feeling the heat out there. Elias not well at all, you know, and he did a great job out there today. Admired Julian for pushing on, you know; he was there. I was there and I just, I couldn’t stay and did the best I could. Yeah, that’s all I can really say.”
Pole position : 1m46.139s (142.997Km/h) Julian Simon, Mapfre Aspar Team
Fastest lap : Lap 2 – 1m46.580s (142.405Km/h) Julian Simon, Mapfre Aspar Team
Circuit record lap : 1m46.580s (142.405Km/h) Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, 2010)
Circuit Best Lap : 1m45.720s (143.564Km/h) Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up, 2010)
Indianapolis, Sunday, August 29, 2010
|1||25||24||Toni ELIAS||SPA||Gresini Racing Moto2||Moriwaki||141.2||30’27.480|
|2||20||60||Julian SIMON||SPA||Mapfre Aspar Team||Suter||141.2||+0.405|
|3||16||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||Marc VDS Racing Team||Suter||140.9||+4.227|
|4||13||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Fimmco Speed Up||Speed Up||140.7||+5.978|
|5||11||3||Simone CORSI||ITA||JIR Moto2||Motobi||140.6||+7.058|
|6||10||40||Sergio GADEA||SPA||Tenerife 40 Pons||Pons Kalex||140.5||+9.432|
|7||9||12||Thomas LUTHI||SWI||Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2||Moriwaki||140.4||+9.815|
|8||8||2||Gabor TALMACSI||HUN||Fimmco Speed Up||Speed Up||140.4||+10.141|
|9||7||42||Jason DI SALVO||USA||GP Tech||FTR||139.8||+17.564|
|10||6||8||Anthony WEST||AUS||MZ Racing Team||MZ-RE Honda||139.8||+17.592|
|12||4||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||FRA||Mapfre Aspar Team||Suter||139.6||+20.527|
|13||3||71||Claudio CORTI||ITA||Forward Racing||Suter||139.2||+26.008|
|14||2||80||Axel PONS||SPA||Tenerife 40 Pons||Pons Kalex||139.0||+28.353|
|16||25||Alex BALDOLINI||ITA||Caretta Technology Race Dept||I.C.P.||138.9||+30.538|
|17||34||Roger Lee HAYDEN||USA||American Honda||Moriwaki||138.8||+31.860|
|18||53||Valentin DEBISE||FRA||WTR San Marino Team||ADV||138.7||+32.255|
|19||9||Kenny NOYES||USA||Jack & Jones by A.Banderas||Promoharris||138.7||+32.500|
|20||52||Lukas PESEK||CZE||Matteoni CP Racing||Moriwaki||138.7||+32.529|
|21||39||Robertino PIETRI||VEN||Italtrans S.T.R.||Suter||137.8||+44.569|
|22||5||Joan OLIVE||SPA||Jack & Jones by A.Banderas||Promoharris||137.8||+44.956|
|23||41||Arne TODE||GER||Racing Team Germany||Suter||137.2||+52.993|
|24||88||Yannick GUERRA||SPA||Holiday Gym G22||Moriwaki||136.9||+57.481|
|25||44||Roberto ROLFO||ITA||Italtrans S.T.R.||Suter||135.5||+1’16.404|
|26||72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||JPN||Tech 3 Racing||Tech 3||114.2||3 Laps|
|95||Mashel AL NAIMI||QAT||Blusens-STX||BQR-Moto2||133.2||5 Laps|
|16||Jules CLUZEL||FRA||Forward Racing||Suter||132.8||6 Laps|
|14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||THA||Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG||Bimota||139.5||9 Laps|
|35||Raffaele DE ROSA||ITA||Tech 3 Racing||Tech 3||121.2||11 Laps|
|65||Stefan BRADL||GER||Viessmann Kiefer Racing||Suter||127.7||12 Laps|
|4||Ricard CARDUS||SPA||Maquinza-SAG Team||Bimota||131.7||15 Laps|
|11||Yusuke TESHIMA||JPN||JIR Moto2||Motobi||131.7||15 Laps|
|55||Hector FAUBEL||SPA||Marc VDS Racing Team||Suter||134.0||16 Laps|
|6||Alex DEBON||SPA||Aeroport de Castello – Ajo||FTR||128.5||16 Laps|
|61||Vladimir IVANOV||UKR||Gresini Racing Moto2||Moriwaki||128.5||16 Laps|
|48||Shoya TOMIZAWA||JPN||Technomag-CIP||Suter||0 Lap|
|56||Michael RANSEDER||AUT||Vector Kiefer Racing||Suter||0 Lap|