Another Moto2 Withdrawal: Holiday Gym Team Withdraws, Simeon Jobless
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.
Natural attrition is starting to take its toll on the Moto2 grid, however, After the announcement that the Jack&Jones By Antonio Banderas team had withdrawn - reportedly leaving a trail of unpaid bills behind them - another team has abandoned the series. The Holiday Gym team, which had entered Belgian rider Xavier Simeon for the 2011 Moto2 season aboard a Moriwaki, has decided to pull out of racing altogether.
This time, the problem was not one of money. Luis Guerra, owner of the Holiday Gym chain of fitness and spa centers, had set up the team to back his son Yannick's racing ambitions. After a spell in World Supersport, Guerra switched to Moto2, partnering Fonsi Nieto in the Holiday Gym G22 team run by Pablo and Gelete Nieto.
Holiday Gym put in a separate entry for the 2011 season, applying for two places on the grid, but unfortunately, they were awarded only one. With Simeon reportedly signed to a six-year contract, there was no room for Guerra in the squad. Initially, Guerra was to be entered as a wildcard at a number of Moto2 rounds, but the 22-year-old Spaniard, soon to obtain his license to pilot commercial aircraft, has decided to abandon his racing ambitions and concentrate on his main career.
The withdrawal of the Holiday Gym team leaves Xavier Simeon without a ride for 2011. The Belgian rider had put in a number of impressive wildcard and replacement rides, subbing for the injured Fonsi Nieto, and underlining the form he showed in winning the 2009 Superstock 1000 championship. With Holiday Gym out, the Moto2 grid will shrink to 36 entries, though it is currently unknown whether teams who were put on the reserve list will be offered places or not.