Summary and Results of Moto2 race from Brno:
Toni Elias has consolidated his lead in the Moto2 championship, by taking victory in the second race of the day at Brno. The Gresini Moriwaki rider got off the line and into Turn 1 in 1st position, but this was no easy victory. The first part of the race turned into a classic Moto2 dust up, with ten riders chasing in a tight group, including Elias, Simone Corsi, Jules Cluzel, Alex Debon, Roberto Rolfo, Gabor Talmacsi, Julian Simon and Fonsi Nieto.
Results and summary of Moto2 qualifying at Brno:
Shoya Tomizawa has returned to the form he showed at the start of the season, taking a convincing pole in the Moto2 class at Brno. The Technomag CIP rider was nearly a quarter of a second faster than 2nd place man Andrea Iannone on the FIMMCO Speed Up machine, while championship leader Toni Elias ended the session third. Italtrans STR's Roberto Rolfo rounds out the front row for tomorrow's race.
Toni Elias made up for yesterday's missed session of practice by setting the fastest time during Saturday morning's FP2 session. The Gresini Moriwaki rider finished a tenth ahead of FIMMCO Speed Up's Andrea Iannone, with Tech 3's Yuki Takahashi another tenth behind him. Fellow Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa rounded out the top four, the Technomag CIP rider posting a time a third of a second slower than Elias.
Fonsi Nieto spoiled the day for the home fans during Moto2 practice, the Holiday Gym rider just edging local boy - and son of the circuit owner - Karel Abraham from the top spot. The Cardion FTR rider ended just two thousandths of a second off Nieto, a crash in the first half of practice demonstrating just how hard he was trying. Shoya Tomizawa ended the session in 3rd, three hundredths behind Nieto, while Gabor Talmacsi put the Speed Up bike into 4th, a tenth of a second behind the Spanish leader.
The paddock's response to the leniency of the punishment for Toni Elias and the Gresini Moto2 team has been one of puzzlement. After all, for testing during the summer break, a period during which all testing is prohibited, Elias was only punished by being excluded from a single session, and the team handed a 3000 euro fine. That, some said, was a pretty good price to pay: an affordable fine and the loss of 20 laps on a crowded track against some 90 uninterrupted laps on an empty circuit. Such a light penalty might set a precedent, and speculation has been rife that others could follow in Gresini's footsteps.
Moto2 championship leader Toni Elias' weekend at Brno has gotten off to a rather poor start. The Gresini Moto2 rider has been punished for testing the Moriwaki Moto2 bike at Misano last weekend. Race Direction has ruled that the test was against the rules - as it was a private test at a circuit on the calendar during the official summer break - and has handed the team a 3000 euro fine, and banned the Spaniard from taking part in Friday's first session of free practice at Brno.
The Gresini team did not lodge an appeal, accepting full responsibility for a clear error of judgement. The team had not read the rules carefully enough, and had not thought about the possible ramifications of the test. With Elias sitting on a comfortable 42-point lead over 2nd place man Thomas Luthi, Elias will be happy to accept just a fine and being forced to miss a single session of practice.
The news that Kevin Schwantz is to make a return to the MotoGP paddock has cheered the spirits of many motorcycle racing fans. The American legend is to run the American Honda wildcard effort which is due to field Roger Lee Hayden at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, where Hayden Jr. will be riding a Moriwaki MD600, together with the Erion Honda team. Naturally, the guys from OnTheThrottle wanted to find out more, and so David Williams spoke to Schwantz at Laguna Seca about the project, and about Roger Lee Hayden's replacement ride on the LCR Honda. Here's what Schwantz had to say:
The rule changes that have been adopted in the MotoGP series since the class went four-stroke in 2002 have generally been met with increasing disappointment by the fans. The 990cc format is generally viewed as the high point of motorcycle racing for many years, even after the fuel allowance was cut from 24 to 22 liters.
But since capacity was cut from 990cc to 800cc, and the fuel allowance cut from 22 to 21 liters, MotoGP's rulemaking body, the Grand Prix Commission, has been buried under a deluge of criticism - not least from ourselves here at MotoMatters.com. Since then, things have gone from bad to worse, with the introduction of the tire restrictions, then the single tire rule, and finally the limits on engines, with criticism growing more vehement at every rule change, nearly all of it aimed at Dorna, the company which runs MotoGP, and its CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.