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

1.Toni ELIASMoriwakiSPA271
2.Julian SIMONSuterSPA185
3.Andrea IANNONESpeed UpITA179
4.Thomas LUTHIMoriwakiSWI143
5.Simone CORSIMotobiITA129
6.Gabor TALMACSISpeed UpHUN103
7.Jules CLUZELSuterFRA101
8.Stefan BRADLSuterGER97
9.Scott REDDINGSuterGBR91
10.Yuki TAKAHASHITech 3JPN86
11.Alex DE ANGELISMotobiRSM85
12.Shoya TOMIZAWASuterJPN82
13.Roberto ROLFOSuterITA75
16.Dominique AEGERTERSuterSWI67
17.Sergio GADEAPons KalexSPA59
18.Fonsi NIETOMoriwakiSPA45
20.Mike DI MEGLIOSuterFRA34
21.Ratthapark WILAIROTBimotaTHA30
23.Anthony WESTMZ-RE HondaAUS26
24.Claudio CORTISuterITA20
25.Kenny NOYESPromoharrisUSA18
26.Hector FAUBELSuterSPA18
27.Raffaele DE ROSATech 3ITA15
28.Mattia PASINIMotobiITA12
29.Kenan SOFUOGLUSuterTUR11
30.Damian CUDLINPons KalexAUS9
31.Xavier SIMEONMoriwakiBEL9
33.Axel PONSPons KalexSPA7
34.Lukas PESEKMoriwakiCZE5
35.Michael RANSEDERSuterAUT4
36.Michele PIRROMoriwakiITA2
37.Vladimir IVANOVMoriwakiUKR2
38.Arne TODESuterGER2
39.Robertino PIETRISuterVEN1
40.Yusuke TESHIMAMotobiJPN1

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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).