Phillip Island Moto2: FTR Australia Report
FTR MOTO celebrated thier 10th podium finish of the year as the FIMMCO Speed Up Team’s Andrea Iannone took third place in Sunday’s 15th round of the Moto2 World Championship at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia.
Iannone qualified at the head of the second row, in fifth place, despite a motorcycle crash in qualifying and was quickly at the head of the race, looking to add to his three Moto2 races wins of 2010.
The Italian grabbed the lead on the second lap, setting the fastest lap of the race at the same time, and was then involved in a battle for the lead with Scott Redding and eventual Moto2 race-winner Alex de Angelis.
The Moto2 third-place finish means Iannone heads to the final two rounds – in Portugal and Spain – just two points adrift of Julian Simon, currently in second place in the Moto2 World Championship points standings.
Alex Debon continued his consistent run of finishes on the Aeroport de Castello-Ajo Team M210 motorcycle by taking ninth place, the third finisher in a thrilling 10-rider battle for seventh place. The Spaniard fought hard throughout the 25-lap Moto2 race after starting from 21st place on row six of the grid.
Debon edged out fellow M210 motorcycle rider Karel Abraham for ninth – the Cardion AB Motoracing Team motorcycle rider being forced wide at the left-hand Siberia corner in a frantic last lap. Abraham crossed the finish line in 10th place, all after qualifying in 10th place.
Iannone’s FIMMCO Speed Up teammate Gabor Talmacsi finished 18th after holding the same position for all of the 25 laps of the Moto2 race in Phillip Island, the determined Hungarian rider completing a tough weekend after starting the race from 22nd place.
All four of the FTR M210 motorcycles remain in the top 15 of the World Championship with Iannone third, Talmacsi seventh, Debon 13th and Abraham in 15th place heading to Estoril and Valencia for the Moto2 season finale.
Steve Bones (FTR Manager) says: "Another podium finish for the M210 is all we hoped for and we’ve gathered more data for next year and the M211 model. Phillip Island offered a unique challenge in terms of set-up and I’m pleased that the FTR chassis has again proved to be adaptable."
"It’s back to Europe and Estoril in two weeks and I’m sure all four of the permanent FTR riders will be keen to end the season on a high note and it would be great if we could get a fourth victory and end up winning around a quarter of the races."