2010 Qatar Moto2 Race Result - New Era Dawns With Strong Winner

Results and summary of the first ever Moto2 race, from Qatar:

The debut of the Moto2 class unleashed the thrills and spills that everyone had been hoping, and a winner that in the 250 days no one would have expected, just as was the intention of the class. Shoya Tomizawa used his skill and guile to wait for the right moment to strike, taking a comfortable win at the end.

Mayhem was expected in the first corner, but the huge pack made it into and out of Turn 1 relatively unscathed. But they were only delaying the inevitable, and at Turn 2, riders started going down. MotoGP refugees Toni Elias and Alex De Angelis got the holeshot, but as they pack flicked back left for Turn 2, De Angelis clipped the rear of Elias' Gresini Moriwaki, and tumbled out, taking Viessmann Kiefer's Stefan Bradl with him.

Elias held the lead for just one lap, before Forward Racing's Jules Cluzel dived past the Spaniard into Turn 1, while Ajo's Alex Debon took over the lead from Cluzel later that lap. A lead group soon formed, consisting of Cluzel, Debon, Elias, Tech 3's Yuki Takahashi and Technomag CIP's Shoya Tomizawa. The lead swapped hands continuously in the first laps, but on lap 7, Tomizawa took the lead, and within a couple of laps had made a break. The Japanese rider was never seriously threatened again.

For a long time, Toni Elias looked favorite to take 2nd, but the broken bones in Elias' foot eventually proved too painful, and Elias began to drop away, leaving Alex Debon and Jules Cluzel to battle over the remaining podium places, especially once Yuki Takahashi crashed out on lap 8. After swapping places on the final lap, Debon came out on top, leaving Cluzel to settle for 3rd. Toni Elias managed to hold off a charging Roberto Rolfo on the Italtrans STR Suter for 4th.

American rider - and Grand Prix rookie - Kenny Noyes ended the race in 18th, after a strong ride in the early stages of the race. The Jack&Jones Banderas racing rider had been forced to start from 30th, but fought his way up through the field to 10th at one point, before his tire went off, dropping him back down to 18th. The American - a new rider on a new bike in a new team - had made a mistake in their tire testing strategy, taking the hard tire after giving up on the soft too early.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA SUTER 41'11.768  
2 6 Alex DEBON FTR 41'16.424 4.656
3 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 41'16.557 4.789
4 24 Toni ELIAS MORIWAKI 41'18.746 6.978
5 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 41'18.946 7.178
6 75 Mattia PASINI MOTOBI 41'23.572 11.804
7 12 Thomas LUTHI MORIWAKI 41'23.629 11.861
8 3 Simone CORSI MOTOBI 41'24.114 12.346
9 2 Gabor TALMACSI SPEED UP 41'25.589 13.821
10 40 Sergio GADEA PONS KALEX 41'31.957 20.189
11 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 41'33.057 21.289
12 25 Alex BALDOLINI I.C.P. 41'33.128 21.360
13 10 Fonsi NIETO MORIWAKI 41'33.603 21.835
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM RSV 41'33.741 21.973
15 52 Lukas PESEK MORIWAKI 41'38.033 26.265
16 63 Mike DIMEGLIO RSV 41'38.033 26.265
17 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT BIMOTA 41'38.367 26.599
18 9 Kenny NOYES PROMOHARRIS 41'45.601 33.833
19 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 41'45.663 33.895
20 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 41'52.760 40.992
21 41 Arne TODE SUTER 41'54.887 43.119
22 55 Hector FAUBEL SUTER 41'55.017 43.249
23 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 41'57.165 45.397
24 53 Valentin DEBISE ADV 41'58.240 46.472
25 96 Anthony DELHALLE BQR-MOTO2 42'02.925 51.157
26 61 Vladimir IVANOV MORIWAKI 42'06.020 54.252
27 59 Niccolo CANEPA FORCE GP210 42'06.399 54.631
28 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 42'27.744 1'15.976
29 76 Bernat MARTINEZ BIMOTA 42'27.990 1'16.222
30 88 Yannick GUERRA MORIWAKI 42'32.419 1'20.651
31 95 Mashel AL NAIMI BQR-MOTO2 42'32.487 1'20.719
32 5 Joan OLIVE PROMOHARRIS 42'53.758 1'41.990
Not Classified
  8 Anthony WEST MZ-RE HONDA 16'52.966 12 laps
  72 Yuki TAKAHASHI TECH 3 14'30.138 13 laps
  21 Vladimir LEONOV SUTER 14'49.196 13 laps
  68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR-MOTO2 6'20.168 17 laps
  80 Axel PONS PONS KALEX 6'25.792 17 laps
  35 Raffaele DEROSA TECH 3 4'15.209 18 laps
Not finished first lap
  15 Alex DEANGELIS FORCE GP210    
  60 Julian SIMON RSV    
  65 Stefan BRADL SUTER    
Round Number: 
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Comments

Anorexia has crept it's ugly head into the machinery now. That being said, she looked mighty fine.

I wasn't the least bit surprised to see DeAngelis dive too hot at the leader, and lose control trying to react to his bungle. It's unfortunate how he tends to take others with him when he does that trick.

Debon didn't seem to appreciate Elias's hard pass and pretty much used him as a berm to get through turn one. Scary, but exciting stuff. It seemed like Debon was involved in a more than a couple hard maneuvers during that race. I imagine the other riders have their own way of 'correcting' that sort of behavior if it gets out of hand.

I'm looking forward to more Moto2.