Australia Moto2: FTR Moto Seeks Podium
FTR MOTO goes in search of a tenth podium finish of the year in Sunday’s 15th round of the Moto2 World Championship at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia.
The firm’s M210 machine has taken three wins in 2010 and its leading rider of the four permanent FTR entries, Andrea Iannone, is just five points behind Spanish rider Julian Simon in the battle for second place in the inaugural World Championship.
Iannone, on the FIMMCO Speed Up Team’s M210, took third place in last Sunday’s Malaysian round and with three rounds remaining will be looking to add to his hat-trick of race wins and secure the World Championship runner-up position.
Iannone’s FIMMCO Speed Up team-mate Gabor Talmacsi currently sits in seventh place in the Championship and the Hungarian is looking to improve on a season-best third place in the Aragon round four weeks ago.
Alex Debon returned to form in Malaysia on the Aeroport de Castello-Ajo Team M210 with fifth place – the kind of form which took the determined Spaniard to a podium finish with second place in the opening round in Qatar in April.
After a career-best finish of third in Japan two weeks ago, Karel Abraham fought through to a solid sixth place in Malaysia last Sunday and will be hoping to continue that form at Phillip Island.
Abraham, on the Cardion AB Motoracing Team M210, also qualified in seventh place in Malaysia – another career-best performance from the Czech Republic rider.
Steve Bones (Team Manager) says: “We’ve achieved a lot more than we expected in out debut year. But the successes from our four regular riders and their respective teams have just left us wanting more and more success.”
“Work on the 2011 machine is well under way but we’re still learning about the challenges each circuit offers and Phillip Island is certainly unique with its coastal position and changing temperatures and weather conditions. This weekend offers a fascinating insight once more into the performance of the M210 on a new circuit.”