Australian Moto2: Phillip Island Preview

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Australia MotoGP News

Toni Elías will enjoy his first race as Moto2 World Champion this weekend at Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix, but whilst the Spaniard’s 2010 title is firmly secured second position in the standings is still wide open.

Elías wrapped up the inaugural Moto2 title with fourth place last time out at Sepang, but for Julián Simón the weekend proved much more difficult. Having finished down in 21st the Mapfre Aspar rider’s grip on second in the Championship was loosened, and he now sits five points ahead of Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up).

Phillip Island is a track Simón will head to high in confidence however, as he took victory there last year to seal his own title – the 2009 125cc crown – and he will be more keen than ever to take his first win in Moto2 before the season is out.

Iannone is hot on his heels however, and fresh from a podium finish in Malaysia the Italian will be going for win number four of the season.

Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki) is now 25 points behind third-placed Iannone after he crashed out at Sepang but the Swiss rider is another who is desperate to claim a win before the end of the campaign, and he won at Phillip Island in 2005 on his way to the 125cc title.

Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2) and Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing) complete the top six as it currently stands, and for the Philip Island round Javier Forés will continue as a substitute for the injured Ricky Cardús on the Maquinza-SAG Team.

Anthony West (MZ Racing) will hope for a season’s best in front of his home crowd, with fellow Australian Wayne Maxwell riding for the Matteoni Racing team for this round. Alex Cudlin will be a third home representative as he rides a wild card entry for Qatar Moto2 Team.

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Toni ELIAS Moriwaki SPA 262
2. Julian SIMON Suter SPA 168
3. Andrea IANNONE Speed Up ITA 163
4. Thomas LUTHI Moriwaki SWI 138
5. Simone CORSI Motobi ITA 119
6. Jules CLUZEL Suter FRA 101
7. Gabor TALMACSI Speed Up HUN 95
8. Yuki TAKAHASHI Tech 3 JPN 86
9. Shoya TOMIZAWA Suter JPN 82
10. Roberto ROLFO Suter ITA 75
11. Alex DEBON FTR SPA 63
12. Stefan BRADL Suter GER 61
13. Sergio GADEA Pons Kalex SPA 59
14. Karel ABRAHAM FTR CZE 59
15. Scott REDDING Suter GBR 58
16. Dominique AEGERTER Suter SWI 57
17. Alex DE ANGELIS Motobi RSM 44
18. Fonsi NIETO Moriwaki SPA 41
19. Ratthapark WILAIROT Bimota THA 30
20. Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR-Moto2 COL 30
21. Mike DI MEGLIO Suter FRA 24
22. Claudio CORTI Suter ITA 19
23. Kenny NOYES Promoharris USA 18
24. Alex BALDOLINI I.C.P. ITA 18
25. Anthony WEST MZ-RE Honda AUS 17
26. Hector FAUBEL Suter SPA 13
27. Mattia PASINI Motobi ITA 12
28. Damian CUDLIN Pons Kalex AUS 9
29. Xavier SIMEON Moriwaki BEL 9
30. Jason DI SALVO FTR USA 7
31. Raffaele DE ROSA Tech 3 ITA 5
32. Lukas PESEK Moriwaki CZE 5
33. Michael RANSEDER Suter AUT 4
34. Michele PIRRO Moriwaki ITA 2
35. Axel PONS Pons Kalex SPA 2
36. Vladimir IVANOV Moriwaki UKR 2
37. Arne TODE Suter GER 2
38. Yusuke TESHIMA Motobi JPN 1