Valencia Moto2: Grand Prix Preview

MotoGP Valencia News

With the final round of the debut season of the Moto2 class also taking place at Valencia this weekend, the spectacle offered up by the intermediate category in its first campaign is due for review and it has been a 2010 packed with great action.

No fewer than eight different Moto2 riders have so far won races this year, with 17 different individuals having stepped onto the podium.

Toni Elías may have been crowned Moto2 Champion with three rounds to spare back in Malaysia, but the fight for the coveted runner-up spot is still on and just six points separate Spanish rider Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) and his Italian rival Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up) going into the final-round showdown.

Simón has winning previous form at Valencia having taken victory last year in the 125cc class, whilst Iannone’s best result to date remains a sixth-placed finish in the same class in 2008. Keeping their scrap for second in the 2010 Moto2 Championship well and truly alive with finishes of 12th (for Simón) and 21st (Iannone) in the previous round at Estoril, the pair will again enter one final contest of the year.

Meanwhile Elías, who has seven wins already this year, will also be seeking an improvement on his previous best of second at Valencia, twice taken in the 250cc class and once in the 125s.

Swiss Moto2 rider Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki) clinched his 125cc title with ninth at Valencia in 2005, and he will bid to seal fourth in the Moto2 standings ahead of Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2) who sits in fifth at 14 points behind.

Other Moto2 riders still looking for a first win in the class and wanting to sign off the year in style will be Gabor Talmasci (Fimmco Speed Up) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing), whilst their fellow top-ten accompaniments Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing), Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3 Racing) will all be keen to add to their single victories of 2010.

Alex de Angelis is a rider in a strong vein of recent form and the JiR Moto2 man will also be keen for a second win at Valencia.

Additional entries for this round will Xavier Simeon (Holiday Gym Racing), Javier Fores (Twelve Motorsport/Motorrad) and Roman Ramos (MIR Racing), and following the GP on Monday will be the Official one-day Test.

Moto2 Point Standings

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Toni ELIAS Moriwaki SPA 271
2. Julian SIMON Suter SPA 185
3. Andrea IANNONE Speed Up ITA 179
4. Thomas LUTHI Moriwaki SWI 143
5. Simone CORSI Motobi ITA 129
6. Gabor TALMACSI Speed Up HUN 103
7. Jules CLUZEL Suter FRA 101
8. Stefan BRADL Suter GER 97
9. Scott REDDING Suter GBR 91
10. Yuki TAKAHASHI Tech 3 JPN 86
11. Alex DE ANGELIS Motobi RSM 85
12. Shoya TOMIZAWA Suter JPN 82
13. Roberto ROLFO Suter ITA 75
14. Karel ABRAHAM FTR CZE 71
15. Alex DEBON FTR SPA 70
16. Dominique AEGERTER Suter SWI 67
17. Sergio GADEA Pons Kalex SPA 59
18. Fonsi NIETO Moriwaki SPA 45
19. Alex BALDOLINI I.C.P. ITA 38
20. Mike DI MEGLIO Suter FRA 34
21. Ratthapark WILAIROT Bimota THA 30
22. Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR-Moto2 COL 30
23. Anthony WEST MZ-RE Honda AUS 26
24. Claudio CORTI Suter ITA 20
25. Kenny NOYES Promoharris USA 18
26. Hector FAUBEL Suter SPA 18
27. Raffaele DE ROSA Tech 3 ITA 15
28. Mattia PASINI Motobi ITA 12
29. Kenan SOFUOGLU Suter TUR 11
30. Damian CUDLIN Pons Kalex AUS 9
31. Xavier SIMEON Moriwaki BEL 9
32. Jason DI SALVO FTR USA 7
33. Axel PONS Pons Kalex SPA 7
34. Lukas PESEK Moriwaki CZE 5
35. Michael RANSEDER Suter AUT 4
36. Michele PIRRO Moriwaki ITA 2
37. Vladimir IVANOV Moriwaki UKR 2
38. Arne TODE Suter GER 2
39. Robertino PIETRI Suter VEN 1
40. Yusuke TESHIMA Motobi JPN 1
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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).