2010 Jerez Moto2 Race Result - Scintillating Race Produces Tight Finish

Result and summary of the Moto2 race from Jerez:

Moto2 justified its existence in scintillating fashion at Jerez today, after a restarted race saw a group of 5 men battle all the way to the line, with Gresini's Toni Elias taking a thrilling victory in front of his home crowd. The first attempt to race was red-flagged on the second lap, after Shoya Tomizawa crashed while battling with Simone Corsi into the Dry Sack corner, and his bike dumped fluids all over the circuit.

From the restarted race, it was Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon who got away from the start first, but Elias took over the lead within a couple of corners, with championship leader Shoya Tomizawa taking over 2nd. Within a couple of laps, a leading group had formed, consisting of Elias and Tomizawa, with Tech 3's Yuki Takahashi, Jack&Jones' Kenny Noyes and Interwetten's Thomas Luthi, Simon having dropped off the back.

Once the leading group had got away, the fireworks really ignited. The lead changed constantly at the front, but up until lap 14, Kenny Noyes seemed to have the upper hand, leading most of the time, and holding off challenges masterfully outbraking any and allcomers, and taking places back as soon has he gave them up. But on lap 14, a missed shift seemed to slow Noyes down, and and Thomas Luthi, who had challenged the American hardest, took over the lead.

Luthi seemed to have the situation well in control, with Shoya Tomizawa chasing, while Elias, Takahashi and Noyes followed. Tomizawa's challenges on Luthi held the Interwetten rider up just enough for Takahashi and Elias to catch, and once Elias had a sniff of the lead, he was not going to let the race get away. As the group started the final lap, Elias dived up into the lead, and a thrilling and hard battle ensued to the line. Tomizawa pushed Elias hard, Elias running wide at Dry Sack, but still managing to hold onto the lead. Victory was still pretty well open going into Jerez' final hairpin, but the Gresini rider held on to the line, finishing ahead of Tomizawa and Luthi. Tech 3's Takahashi held on to 4th, while Simone Corsi came through to take 5th. Kenny Noyes, eventually held on to cross the line in 7th.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 24 Toni ELIAS MORIWAKI 29'58.726  
2 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA SUTER 29'58.916 0.190
3 12 Thomas LUTHI MORIWAKI 29'58.987 0.261
4 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI TECH 3 29'59.284 10.558
5 3 Simone CORSI MOTOBI 30'00.175 1.449
6 40 Sergio GADEA PONS KALEX 30'00.222 1.496
7 9 Kenny NOYES PROMOHARRIS 30'00.941 2.215
8 60 Julian SIMON RSV 30'01.302 2.576
9 2 Gabor TALMACSI SPEED UP 30'02.551 3.825
10 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR-MOTO2 30'05.417 6.691
11 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 30'06.849 8.123
12 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 30'10.691 11.965
13 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 30'10.916 12.190
14 65 Stefan BRADL SUTER 30'11.021 12.295
15 8 Anthony WEST MZ-RE HONDA 30'11.271 12.545
16 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 30'11.404 12.678
17 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT BIMOTA 30'12.274 13.548
18 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 30'14.368 15.642
19 80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 30'15.466 16.740
20 35 Raffaele DE ROSA TECH 3 30'18.094 19.368
21 10 Fonsi NIETO MORIWAKI 30'19.682 20.956
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO RSV 30'19.855 21.129
23 61 Vladimir IVANOV MORIWAKI 30'29.950 31.224
24 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 30'30.001 31.275
25 6 Alex DEBON FTR 30'32.009 33.283
26 52 Lukas PESEK MORIWAKI 30'32.816 34.090
27 76 Bernat MARTINEZ BIMOTA 30'37.431 38.705
28 17 Karel ABRAHAM RSV 30'38.110 39.384
29 41 Arne TODE SUTER 30'42.565 43.839
30 92 Amadeo LLADOS AJR 30'45.622 46.896
31 53 Valentin DEBISE ADV 30'45.806 47.080
32 25 Alex BALDOLINI I.C.P. 30'45.942 47.216
33 88 Yannick GUERRA MORIWAKI 30'46.503 47.777
34 95 Mashel AL NAIMI BQR-MOTO2 30'55.321 56.595 
Not Classified
  91 Ivan MORENO MORIWAKI 14'28.855 9 laps
  59 Niccolo CANEPA FORCE GP210 15'06.782 9 laps
  75 Mattia PASINI MOTOBI 10'54.743 11 laps
  55 Hector FAUBEL SUTER 3'43.545 15 laps
Not finished first lap
  29 Andrea IANNONE FTR    
  5 Joan OLIVE SPEED UP    
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Wow. That was one insane race. A bit miffed that Tomizawa caused the red flag, but then remounted to score a nice result. Great riding by all. Glad no one was hurt in the pile up.

As entertaining as Moto2 is, I think they must leave the spec engine behind. The traffic jam at the front is borderline dangerous. Rev-limited, bore-limited 600cc engines with restrictions for valve actuation, etc. will probably spread things out a bit.

Costs will go up, but the medical bills and the insurance bills will plummet.

I think Race Direction was as confused about the cause of the crash as I was. Surely though, by the time of the restart, they should have had a chance to look at Tomizawa's bike and classified him as a crash and DNF. There is absolutely no way he should have been in the restart and able to extend his lead in the championship.

If I were a team in the class, I would certainly be filing a complaint.

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The reason that Tomizawa was allowed to restart was because the crash took place before three full laps had been completed. The relevant sections of the rules are:

1.25.2 If the results calculated show that less than three laps have been completed by the leader of the race and by all other riders on the same lap as the leader, then the race will be null and void and a completely new race will be run.

1.26.4 Conditions for the re-started race will be as follows:
i) In the case of situation described in 1.25.2 (less than 3 laps completed) above:
a. All riders may re-start.
b. Motorcycles may be repaired or changed. Refuelling is permitted.

I should know that, I keep a copy of the technical regulations on my desk in front of me. =/

For how to properly install case crash guards. It's a pretty big oversight by all involved in the engine spec process that a simple crash results in an oiled track and a bevy of downed riders. We're lucky nobody was seriously injured.

sorry to cross post but here's a pic of the engine case.



The FIM requires these engine case covers for supersport racing to prevent this exact situation. Didn't anybody think of it?

David, I've heard some murmurs about opening up the engine spec in to a HP and RPM cap for this class. Have you heard anything about this?


Does anyone know why Elias kept patting the back of his bike? Also, where was DeAngelis? Speed cut the beginning of the race to make sure they broadcast the utterly useless Nascar "truck" series.

He was tapping the back of his bike to say to people "stop overtaking me because you're holding me up, stay on the back and i'll take you with me". Only when he did this he forgot his braking point and ran wide i think.

Elias is my favourite rider in the paddock, but he does always seem to have a habit of looking over his shoulder during the race instead of actually getting his head down and racing, at one point he looked back and even popped his head up.

De Angelis had a massive crash in Sunday morning practice which meant he couldn't start the race.

Yeah, because of the stupid "truck" race running late we here in the US missed the 2nd showing of the Moto GP race and about 15 min of Moto 2. Lucky I got up early to watch Moto GP at 8:00am. At least we got the 2nd start of the race.
The race was Awesome!!

Can anyone help me out with what are the exact differences between Moto2 and WSS? Thanks.
But what a cracker of a race!

WSS is basically bone stock internals. They swap out the valve springs for better high rpm performance, they install new cams, and they machine the cylinder head to raise the compression ratio. WSS bikes probably run around 16,000rpm and the best bikes generate about 150bhp.

We don't really know much about the Moto2 engine, and I've heard power figures ranging from 140bhp to 125bhp. I don't know exactly what kind of prep Geo Tech are doing, but you can kind of guess at it. I doubt they are doing port, polish, and cylinder head grinding b/c they've got to prepare at least 300 engines per season. They probably are swapping out the pistons for mass-produced high-compression aftermarket pistons. They probably install HRC racing cams. They might be swapping valve springs to allow high engine speed and durability. The changes are probably of the bolt on variety b/c costs are supposed to be contained, and the power output is modest.

Moto2 engines will probably not be more powerful than WSS engines anytime soon b/c valve springs are the limiting factor. I think Osamu Goto of Geo Tech was supplying MotoGP teams with pneumatic valve designs (I think Yamaha got their design from him). If you put pneumatics on a 600cc Supersport engine, the thing would sing. Maybe 170bhp at 18,000rpm. But it would break the bank.

Also WSS bikes use the stock frame and stuff where Moto 2 must be prototype and can't use any stock parts.

I forgot to address the chassis. Also Moto2 is up to 23kg lighter than WSS, and Moto2 uses Dunlop N-tec racing slicks whereas WSS uses road legal Pirelli racing tires.