Another couple of press releases from the people behind Moto2 for the Jerez race. One from Bel Ray, who sponsor the Tech 3 Moto2 squad, the other from FTR, one of the major chassis suppliers for the Moto2 grid:
FARMINGDALE NJ- April 4 2011- As the old saying goes, the rain in Spain falls mainly on the racetrack…or something like that. In only his second Moto2 event, Bel-Ray backed, Bradley Smith just missed out on a podium appearance at Round 2 of the Moto2 Grand Prix series this past weekend in Jerez, Spain.
The 20-year-old Smith stormed Saturday's qualifying, with a 1:43:50 just .794 seconds off the pole position. Smith is familiar with the Jerez circuit, as it was the location of his first ever Grand Prix win in 2009, and he brought that confidence into Sunday's Grand Prix event.
With persistent rain falling during the entire 26 lap event, Smith was able to put his British heritage and wet weather racing experience to the test and jumped out to an excellent start from his second row starting position. The young Tech3 Team rider had the brief opportunity to claim the lead on the first lap, but was passed early on by Simone Corsi and Thomas Luthi. Smith held on to the third place position until lap seven, when the eventual race winner, Andrea Iannone would surpass him.
As Luthi and Iaonne began to pull away from the rest of the field, Smith began a battle for the final podium spot with Corsi for several laps. Then with 10 laps remaining, he was under attack from the 5th place rider, German Stefan Bradl. Smith would eventually pull away from Bradl, but he was unable to catch the Italian Corsi for 3rd and would have to settle for 4th place for the event.
After the event, Smith thanked his team and crew chief and was very happy with the results.
"I thought ninth was a great result in Qatar, so fourth just feels fantastic and I want to thank my Tech 3 Racing Team and my crew chief, Tom Jojic, because the bike was working brilliantly in really difficult conditions", and he looked forward to the next Grand Prix event. "I've still got a lot to learn to be fighting closer for the podium, but I'll take this fourth with both hands and look forward to the next race in Estoril, with a lot of confidence and optimism."
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FIRST 2011 PODIUM FOR FTR MOTO AS CORSI TAKES THIRD IN SPAIN
FTR MOTO grabbed its first podium finish of the 2011 Moto2 World Championship as Simone Corsi finished third in Sunday's second round at a ran-hit Jerez circuit in Spain.
The IODA Racing Project rider battled through from 18th place on the grid and the hard-charging Italian went to the front of the 26-lap race on lap two. He led for four laps before eventually crossing the finish line in third place to sit fourth in the World Championship after two of the 17 rounds.
And Corsi was the first of seven FTR M211-mounted riders to score points in round two with young Scotsman Kev Coghlan taking a solid eighth place on the Aeroport de Castello machine and German Max Neukirchner scooping World Championship points for the second successive round on his MZ-FTR machine.
Popular Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot finished 12th on the Stop and Go Team's M211 with Corsi's IODA Racing Project team-mate Mattia Pasini 13th, Yonny Hernandez was 14th on the Blusens-STX M211 while his team-mate, Esteve Rabat, grabbed 15th place – and the final World Championship point – with a last lap charge.
The remaining four FTR M211s all finished the Spanish race with Pol Espargaro 20th on the HP Tuenti Speed Up Team machine, Kenney Noyes 29th on the FOGI Racing/GP Tech-backed FTR M211, Debise, team-mate to Espargaro, 30th and Santiago Hernandez, on the second of the Blusens-STX machines, 31st.
"The Jerez race was completely different to round one in Qatar in a number of ways so to see the FTR improvement in terms of the third place and two more FTR riders scoring points compared to Qatar was very pleasing," said FTR's Steve Bones.
He continued: "The race and the Grand Prix day in general was littered with crashes, to see all of the FTR M211 machines home safely was a big bonus. And those efforts have also helped us move up to third in the Constructors' Championship. We've the best part of four weeks now before the next round in Portugal to take advantage of the data gained in Qatar and Spain and continue our development of the M211."