Moto2 Press Releases: Iannone Presents Team, And FTR Announces 2011 Program

More Moto2 press releases: Andrea Iannone presents the Speed Master team in Milan, and FTR talks about its program and riders for 2011. Here are the press releases:


Andrea Iannone's dream began yesterday 8th March, in Milan. With a quick yet emotional move, he unveiled his Suter MMXI, kicking off his second season in the Moto2 World Championship.

"This new team was born and created for Andrea, for his perseverance and his talent": these were Regalino Iannone's words to introduce the team, Andrea's father and his top fan.

Speed Master team, announced at the stylish Boscolo Exedra Milan Hotel, is a complete "made in Italy" project and it has been brought on by the will to succeed and the rider's winning qualities. Through this adventure, the Italian star is supported by his father Regalino, his friend Alessio Salucci (who is Valentino Rossi's man of trust), and by Silvio Vercilli, who deals with the organizational issues of the team and who is also the brains behind Wido, the first electronic protective helmet.

Alessio Salucci didn't hesitate when confessing his complete trust in Andrea's skills: "I admire his because he shuts the gas with energy and reopens it quickly. I don't think I would have stepped in such an adventure with a different rider."

Andrea – who's been dealing with an interesting pre-season – didn't hide his ambitions either: "I don't really like to be the man on the scene, I like to prove what I am worth when I am on my bike. In this team we have a lot of enthusiasm and experience: as we are now, I believe we have the right chances to reach top results. Now, we just have to start the engine and begin the Championship."

Iannone Moto2 team presentation


FTR MOTO will be represented by five teams running a total of 10 riders in the 2011 Moto2 World Championship which gets under way in Qatar on Sunday March 20.

Buckingham-based FTR has retained its relationship with two of the three teams from 2010 – Alex Debon's Motor Sport 69 project and the Speed Up Team while the third 2010 partner, Karel Abraham's Cardion Team, moves to the MotoGP class after Abraham won the season finale Moto2 race at Valencia in November.

The Motor Sport 69 Team is being managed by the now-retired Debon and features one rider, Scotsman Kev Coghlan. Speed Up has replaced its two 2010 riders with Spaniard Pol Espargaro and French youngster Valentin Debise.

The established BQR squad moves to FTR machinery with a three-rider line-up of Esteve Rabat, Yonny Hernandez and Kenny Noyes. Noyes runs under the Avintia STX banner and in a team established by financial and technical partners GP Tech and FOGI Racing, the latter continuing its relationship with FTR after supporting Spanish Championship and GP wild card entries in 2010.

Giampiero Sacchi's Italian IODA Project team features Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini on FTR M211s while the Spanish SAG squad fields Colombian Santiago Hernandez and Ratthapark Wilairot.

"From our four riders of 2010 things have really moved on this winter and the level of interest in FTR Moto is exactly what we hoped for," said FTR's Steve Bones. "The team partners we have for 2011 offer a variety of everything imaginable in racing, from experience to youth and from very well established teams to relatively new ones.

"In theory the 2011 Championship should offer more stability in terms of consistency from riders but from the winter testing it really is difficult to see any pattern emerging. We know from 2010 that the class can be unpredictable and that may well be the case once more.

"At the beginning of 2010 Alex Debon took his one and only podium finish in the first round while Speed up's Andrea Iannone struggled to 19th place in Qatar then won three races. We still have interest from other teams for 2011 but, right now, everyone at FTR is really geared up for an exciting 2011 campaign."


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Hey David,

In one of your previous articles regarding the last Moto2 test, you had briefly spoke about a very heated atmosphere in Iannone's garage and I was wondering if you could elaborate on what exactly has been taking place in that team. I know Iannone is known for being a hothead and for saying negative things about Spain and Spanish riders as a whole and for headbutting Pol Espargaro. I'm really curious to hear what was going on.

Iannone is undoubtedly a hothead, but the problem is more that the entire team is so emotionally intense. When things are going well, the atmosphere is like they have just won the championship; when things are not going well, it's like attending a funeral. What is needed in a race team is to have a stabilizing factor, someone to keep things in perspective, calming things down, both positive and negative. That's what's missing from the Speed Master garage.