Portugal Moto2: Honda Reviews Estoril

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Estoril Moto2 Results

A thrilling, topsy-turvy Moto2 race opened proceedings at Estoril Sunday with the track still damp in places following some morning rainfall, though dry enough to make slick tires the unanimous choice.

The race was won by first-timer Moto2 winner Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing, Suter) who beat Alex Baldolini (Caretta Technology Race Dept, I.C.P.) by just seven hundredths of a second.

Bradl, a former 125 MotoGP winner and son of former GP rider Helmut Bradl (who won five 250 GPs for Honda in 1991) rode a perfectly judged race, pushing hardest where the track was at its most grippy and taking care in the less grippy final part of the lap. Baldolini did get in front a few laps from the flag but Bradl had a better pace and eventually Baldolini settled for second and his first-ever podium finish.

The battle for the final Moto2 podium featured plenty of rough and tumble, with a group of nine riders going for third place in the final laps. Phillip Island winner Alex De Angelis (JIR Moto2, Motobi) won the fight in the final seconds, outpacing Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team, Suter) and impressive Moto2 first-timer Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag-CIP, Suter) in the run to the chequered flag.

Both de Angelis and Redding had charged through the pack after a steady first few laps when the track was still quite damp in places. The pair were 12th and 21st at the end of lap one.

Sofuoglo was the star performer in the early stages of the Moto2 race, breaking away from the pack at a terrific rate to build a seven second advantage in the first 11 laps, despite the treacherous conditions.

But he was struggling with a loose left handlebar, the legacy of a crash during morning warm-up. His mechanics had still been fixing the damaged bike on the grid, hence the oversight.

With the handlebar causing him problems, the double World Supersport Champion’s lead dwindled rapidly and he was caught by Bradl and Baldolini with seven laps remaining.

While the 20-year-old German and the 25-year-old Italian continued their battle for the lead, Sofuoglo fell back into the clutches of the pack, where he did his best to hold onto that final podium place. At the finish line there was just 1.7 seconds between third-place De Angelis and 11th-placed Hector Faubel (Marc VDS Racing Team, Suter).

Sofuoglo joined the Moto2 grid at Estoril just a few weeks after clinching his second World Supersport crown with Ten Kate Honda, riding a Honda CBR600RR. The 26-year-old takes the place of Technomag-CIP rider Shoya Tomizawa who lost his life in a high-speed accident during last month’s San Marino Moto2 race.

The MotoGP circus now drives across the Iberian peninsula to Valencia, where the last of this year’s 18 World Championship events will take place next weekend at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, just inland from the Mediterranean city of Valencia.

Moto2 Rider Quotes

Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing, Suter – winner) says: “The race was very difficult because we didn’t have any dry practice, so we just fitted slick tires for the race and hoped that we would have a good dry set-up for this track. I could see the track was still a bit damp in places, so I was careful where the track was wet, like the last corner, and I pushed hard everywhere else.”

“The bike worked well. I tried my best to keep my concentration during the last five laps when I always saw ‘plus zero’ on my pit-board. I really needed this win because it’s been a long time – my last GP win was in 2008, with the 125. The first part of this season was difficult because it took time for us to learn the bike and for me to get used to the four-stroke riding style. At the last races things have been getting better and better. We have learned a lot and we hope to carry this into 2011.”

Alex Baldolini (Caretta Technology Race Dept, I.C.P. – second) says: “It’s a very good sensation to stand on the podium! During the race I tried not to think about it – I kept telling myself to relax, that this is just another race, just ride your best and see where you are at the flag. I tried very hard to keep my focus during the last laps.”

“I attacked Stefan with two laps to go, then he overtook me again and I decided, okay, second place is good enough. I want to say thanks to my team and my family. The team has done a great job in the last part of the season – the bike is now very good.”

Alex De Angelis (JIR Moto2, Motobi – third) says: “This is another very important podium, my third in a row. The end of the race was incredible. After the start I tried to stay calm and told myself that this was a long race and that the track would improve. But it was very difficult riding slick tires on a track that was still damp in some corners. Towards the end of the race the track was much more dry and grippy, so I was able to fight a lot with the other riders and risk this podium.”

Estoril Moto2 Stats:

Moto2 Pole position : 1m50.916s Gabor Talmacsi, Fimmco Speed Up
Moto2 Fastest lap : Lap 23 – 1m45.456s (142.762Km/h) Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team
Moto2 Circuit record lap : New category
Moto2 Circuit Best Lap : 1m45.456s (142.762Km/h) Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team

2010 Estoril Moto2 Results:

Event results – Round 16 – Race 1
1. Stefan Bradl 46m59.723s GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing
2. Alex Baldolini +0.068s ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
3. Alex De Angelis +2.830s SMR HONDA JiR Moto2
4. Scott Redding +2.842s GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
5. Kenan Sofuoglu +2.947s TUR HONDA Technomag-CIP
6. Raffaele De Rosa +3.311s ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
7. Anthony West +3.385s AUS HONDA MZ Racing
8. Gabor Talmacsi +3.952s HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
9. Dominique Aegerter +4.284s SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
10. Karel Abraham +4.311s CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
11. Hector Faubel +4.492s SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
12. Julian Simon +13.006s SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
13. Axel Pons +26.529s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
14. Simone Corsi +27.760s ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
15. Robertino Pietri +28.259s VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
16. Thomas Luthi +28.311s SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
17. Jules Cluzel +28.333s FRA HONDA Forward Racing
18. Yonny Hernandez +37.873s COL HONDA Blusens-STX
19. Claudio Corti +38.092s ITA HONDA Forward Racing
20. Carmelo Morales +38.227s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
21. Andrea Iannone +46.976s ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
22. Sergio Gadea +1m01.779s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
23. Xavier Simeon +1m25.872s BEL HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
24. Fonsi Nieto +1m26.029s SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
25. Vladimir Ivanov +1m51.690s RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
26. Yuki Takahashi +1 Lap JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing
27. Ferruccio Lamborghini +1 Lap ITA HONDA Forward Racing
28. Yannick Guerra +1 Lap SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
29. Mashel Al Naimi +1 Lap QAT HONDA Blusens-STX
30. Ricard Cardus NC – 3 Laps SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
31. Roberto Rolfo NC – 4 Laps ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
32. Dani Rivas NC – 7 Laps SPA HONDA MR Griful
33. Toni Elias NC – 9 Laps SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
34. Ratthapark Wilairot NC – 12 Laps THA HONDA Thai – Honda PTT Singha SAG Team
35. Valentin Debise NC – 13 Laps FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
36. Kenny Noyes NC – 13 Laps USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
37. Michael Ranseder NC – 21 Laps AUT HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
Championship standings
1. Toni Elias 271 pts SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
2. Julian Simon 185 pts SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
3. Andrea Iannone 179 pts ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
4. Thomas Luthi 143 pts SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
5. Simone Corsi 129 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
6. Gabor Talmacsi 103 pts HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
7. Jules Cluzel 101 pts FRA HONDA Forward Racing
8. Stefan Bradl 97 pts GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing
9. Scott Redding 91 pts GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
10. Yuki Takahashi 86 pts JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing
11. Alex De Angelis 85 pts SMR HONDA JiR Moto2
12. Shoya Tomizawa 82 pts JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP
13. Roberto Rolfo 75 pts ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
14. Karel Abraham 71 pts CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
15. Alex Debon 70 pts SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo
16. Dominique Aegerter 67 pts SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
17. Sergio Gadea 59 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
18. Fonsi Nieto 45 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
19. Alex Baldolini 38 pts ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
20. Mike De Meglio 34 pts FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
21. Yonny Hernandez 30 pts COL HONDA Blusens-STX
22. Ratthapark Wilairot 30 pts THA HONDA Thai – Honda PTT Singha SAG Team
23. Anthony West 26 pts AUS HONDA MZ Racing
24. Claudio Corti 20 pts ITA HONDA Forward Racing
25. Kenny Noyes 18 pts USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
26. Hector Faubel 18 pts SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
27. Raffaele De Rosa 15 pts ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
28. Mattia Pasini 12 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
29. Kenan Sofuoglu 11 pts TUR HONDA Technomag-CIP
30. Xavier Simeon 9 pts BEL HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
31. Damian Cudlin 9 pts AUS HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
32. Jason Di Salvo 7 pts USA HONDA GP Tech
33. Axel Pons 7 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
34. Lukas Pesek 5 pts CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
35. Michael Ranseder 4 pts AUT HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
36. Vladimir Ivanov 2 pts RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
37. Michele Pirro 2 pts ITA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
38. Arne Tode 2 pts GER HONDA Racing Team Germany
39. Yusuke Teshima 1 pts JPN HONDA JiR Moto2
40. Robertino Pietri 1 pts VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
41. Yannick Guerra 0 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
42. Wayne Maxwell 0 pts AUS HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
43. Vladimir Leonov 0 pts RUS HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
44. Valentin Debise 0 pts FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
45. Tatsuya Yamaguchi 0 pts Japanese HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
46. Sascha Hommel 0 pts GER HONDA MGM Racing Performance MC
47. Santiago Hernandez 0 pts COL HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
48. Roman Ramos 0 pts SPA MIR MIR Racing
49. Roger Lee Hayden 0 pts USA HONDA American Honda
50. Ricard Cardus 0 pts SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
51. Patrik Vostarek 0 pts CZE HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
52. Niccolo Canepa 0 pts ITA HONDA Bimota – M Racing
53. Mashel Al Naimi 0 pts QAT HONDA Blusens-STX
54. Kouki Takahashi 0 pts JPN HONDA Burning Blood RT
55. Kev Coghlan 0 pts SCO HONDA Monlan Joey Darcey Team
56. Kazuki Watanabe 0 pts JPN HONDA Racing Team Germany
57. Joan Olive 0 pts SPA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
58. Javier Fores 0 pts SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
59. Ivan Moreno 0 pts SPA HONDA Andalucia Cajasol
60. Hiromichi Kunikawa 0 pts JPN HONDA Bimota – M Racing
61. Ferruccio Lamborghini 0 pts ITA HONDA Forward Racing
62. Dani Rivas 0 pts SPA HONDA MR Griful
63. Carmelo Morales 0 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
64. Bernat Martinez 0 pts SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
65. Anthony Delhalle 0 pts FRA HONDA Qatar Endurance Racing Team
66. Amadeo Llados 0 pts SPA HONDA Llados Racing Team
67. Alexander Cudlin 0 pts AUS HONDA Blusens-STX