If ever there was a rider who epitomizes the phrase "checkered career", it's Fonsi Nieto. The Spaniard - and nephew of the legendary 13-time 125cc and 50cc champion Angel Nieto - has ridden in every class but World Supersport over the course of his 14 years in world championship motorcycle racing, seizing any opportunity to ride that he was offered, his best result coming in 2002, when Nieto ended the 250cc championship in 2nd, behind Marco Melandri.
Ever since its introduction, the Moto2 class has been oversubscribed, with more teams wanting places than were available on the grid. Last year, over 40 riders regularly raced in the class, and there were 40 entries for the 2011 season.
The MotoMatters.com 2011 Motorcycle Racing Calendar is finally shipping, and just in time for the holidays. Scott and David are busy stuffing envelopes and sending the existing orders out, and our stock of calendars is dwindling fast. So if you want to get a calendar in time for the holidays, as a gift for your motorcycle-racing obsessed loved one, now is the time to put in your order.
Well, the presses have stopped rolling, and a stack of MotoMatters.com 2011 Motorcycle Racing Calendars are sitting at the printers waiting to be delivered. That means shipping will start some time on Monday (or Tuesday morning at the latest), and the calendars will start winging their way to their lucky owners.
It also means that the pre-sale period will come to an end, and the price will go up, from $19.95 plus S&H to $21.95 plus S&H. So if you want to take advantage of our pre-sales discount, secure in the knowledge that your calendar is just a few days away from dropping onto your doormat, then you have to hurry. The prices go up on Monday night.
The first day of testing for the Moto2 test at Jerez has not seem much action, with a wet track leaving the riders little to learn at the Andalucian track. Despite the conditions, several riders did venture out on track, including Pol Espargaro, Andrea Iannone, Julian Simon and Scott Redding. The remainder sat and waited for the weather to clear. With so few laps run and so few riders on the track, lap times were fairly irrelevant.
Less that 24 hours after posting our previous Moto2 update, more details have come to light about who will be riding where for 2011, as well as a few corrections on Monday's list. The most interesting piece of information to come out was the introduction of Marc Marquez Monlau Competicion Moto2 team. The newly-crowned 125cc champion will continue to receive backing from the Spanish petroleum giant Repsol, as expected, but will also be funded by Caixa Catalunya, a regional Spanish bank from (predictably) the Catalunya region of Spain.
Putting together a list of riders for the 2011 Moto2 season has proven to be a remarkably intractable task. Fear and uncertainty stalks the Moto2 paddock, not least because the full list of admitted teams was not released until last weekend at Estoril. The list contains 22 teams with space for 40 riders, though doubt remains over whether the teams will be able to fill all 40 seats.
After the huge success of the past two years, the Motomatters.com 2011 Motorcycle Racing Calendar is about to hit the printing presses. To expedite shipping and the organizational challenges we face, we're ready to start taking orders for the calendars, so we can ship them out to you as soon as we receive them.
Although MotoMatters.com's very own photographer Scott Jones is unable to make the long trek across the Pacific to Phillip Island, we have some help from a local. Andrew Gosling of TBGSport is on hand, braving the elements to bring us shots from the edge of the Bass Strait. We think you'll like them:
Official MotoGP.com profile of Toni Elias:
Toni Elías - 2010 Moto2 World Champion
Growing up in the family bike shop in Manresa as the son of a ten-times Spanish motocross champion, Toni Elias was destined for a career on two wheels. His early forays into the sport came in pocket-bike and scooter racing, before he began his pro career in the Spanish 125cc Championship in 1998. After finishing third in the national series the following year he won a ride on a Honda for his first full Grand Prix season in 2000.