Bradl Opens 2011 Moto2 Season With a Victory

Bradl_moto2_race__qatarStefan Bradl has just started the 2011 Moto2 season in the best possible way. The young German took the first victory of 2011, and he did it in convincing fashion.

Bradl started the race in the pole position, and slowly Bradl extended his lead to more than 4 seconds. Behind Bradl, Andrea Iannone and Tomas Luthi battled for the remaining spots on the podium.

Iannone had a lot to work to do early on as he started from 16th on the grid. But Iannone was able to work his way up to the middle of the pack by the end of lap 1, and by the end of lap 2 he was fighting at the front. Iannone would eventually pass up Luthi to claim his 17th podium of his career.

Luthi would take the final spot on the podium, beating out Yuki Takahashi and Alex De Angelis.

Moto2 Results – Qatar

  1. Bradl
  2. Iannone
  3. Luthi
  4. Angelis
  5. Takahashi
  6. Corsi
  7. Cluzel
  8. Pirro
  9. Smith
  10. Simon

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Bradl Tops Final Free Practice Session

bradl_Qatar_FP3_2011Stefan Bradl topped the third and final free practice session today for the Moto2 class in Qatar. Bradl recorded the fastest time during the first free practice session, and was able to drop close to two seconds off of his time to claim the fastest lap during the third free practice session as well.

Bradl’s time of 2’00.882 is fastest of the weekend so far for the Moto2 riders. Marc Marquez came closest to matching Bradl’s time, but was still more than .8 seconds off of the pace setters time.

Andrea Iannone was the third place rider, and the final person to finish within a second of Bradl’s quick pace.

Yuki Takahashi, who was fastest during the second free practice session, finished more than a second behind Bradl in fourth place.

Moto2 – Qatar – Free Practice 3 Results

1 Stefan Bradl GER
2 Marc Marquez SPA
3 Andrea Iannone ITA
4 Yuki Takahashi JPN
5 Julian Simon SPA
6 Scott Redding GBR
7 Tomas Luthi SWI
8 Julezs Cluzel FRA
9 Simon Corsi ITA
10 Alex de Angelis RSM

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Takahashi Tops Time Sheets in Qatar

yuki_takahashi_moto2_qatar_fp1The opening day of the 2011 season saw some fantastic action on the Losail International Circuit. The Moto2 riders got two free practice sessions in today, and Stefan Bradl and Yuki Takahashi topped the time sheets.

Bradl led the way during the first free practice session, beating out 2010 125cc champion, Marc Marquez by .3 seconds. Scott Redding, who was a half second behind the pace setters time, was followed by Thomas Luthi and Andrea Iannone.

As the winds died down during the second testing session, the Moto2 riders took to the track with a little more speed. Yuki Takahashi was the fastest during the second free practice session, dropping his time from FP1 by three seconds. Takahashi’s 2’01.695 time will be the time to beat tomorrow as the Moto2 riders take to the track for the third and final free practice session.

Scott Redding took second during FP2, finishing .05 seconds behind Takahashi. FP1 pace setter Bradl, finished another .05 seconds back.

The top 10 riders all finished within a second of Takahashi.

Moto2 – Second Free Practice Results – Qatar

1 72 Yuki Takahashi JPN Gresini Racing Moto2 2’01.695
2 45 Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team 2’01.748
3 65 Stefan Bradl GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing 2’01.800
4 29 Andrea Iannone ITA Speed Master 2’01.983
5 12 Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 2’02.143
6 93 Marc Marquez SPA Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol 2’02.348
7 51 Michele Pirro ITA Gresini Racing Moto2 2’02.498
8 40 Aleix Espargaro SPA Pons HP 40 2’02.577
9 60 Julian Simon SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 2’02.620
10 71 Claudio Corti ITA Italtrans Racing Team 2’02.673

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Tech 3 Racing Team Completes 2011 Preparations in Jerez

Tech_3_Racing_at_JerezThe Tech 3 Racing Team will head to the first round of the 2011 Moto2 World Championship in Qatar later this month in optimistic mood having completed its pre-season preparations in Jerez today.

After the first day of the Jerez test fell victim to more heavy rain that has caused major disruption to the winter testing schedule, Bradley Smith and Mike di Meglio were able to take advantage of improved conditions for the final two days to carry out vital development work on the new Mistral 610 machine.

Smith worked tirelessly to improve his confidence with the race set-up of his machine, the British rider completing in excess of 160-laps to also help build up his experience of t he heavier and more powerful 600cc four-stroke machine ahead of his debut season in the ultra-competitive Moto2 series.

Smith was particularly impressive on the second day, the 20-year-old outpacing a host of riders with significantly more Moto2 experience to clock the sixth best time with a 143.997. He was 15th quickest on the final day and while unable to improve his best lap time, he was able to produce a much more consistent pace in full race trim having worked closely on a range of settings with crew chief Tom Jojic.

Frenchman Mike di Meglio was also satisfied with his performance, the former World 125cc Champion spending most of his time concentrating on improving his pace and confidence with the harder option Dunlop rear tyre. Like Smith, di Meglio was able to assess and analyze a wide range of set-up options to get a clear understanding of the direction he will take when the season kicks off under the Lo sail International Circuit floodlights in Qatar on March 20.

Bradley Smith, 11th overall, 1:43.997:

“I am quite tired now as we did 160 laps in two days but it was hard work we needed to put in and it was definitely worth it. We tested everything we had inside the truck, so we know exactly how the bike is working and in what direction we have to go when the racing kicks off. We did not improve our lap times today, but we improved in the consistency. I was able to ride fast on old tyres, so we are good for the race distance and that has given me a lot of confidence for Qatar. We will try to work a little bit between here and Qatar to figure out how we can close the gap on the front guys. That is going to be important for the best lap time in qualifying. But I am feeling a lot more comfortable with the bike and the 600 is not feeling quite so alien now. We’ve still got work to do but between now and Qatar we’ll analyze a lot of data and come up with a plan for the start of the season. I’m really looking forward to racing now.”

Mike di Meglio, 30th overall, 1:44.884:

“Although the lap times don’t reflect it, this test was still positive for us. We worked a lot on the bike and I am much happier today. We spent a lot working on the set-up, particularly to help the bike use the hard tyre better, and I feel we made some steps forward. We have still got a lot of work to do but I know I can also improve my feeling with the bike. I want to thank my guys at Tech 3 Racing again for all their hard work and I’m sure we will be competitive at the first race in Qatar.”

[Press Release and Photo Courtesy of Tech 3 Racing]

Rain Cuts Moto2 Testing Short

moto2_jerezThe Moto2 testing session in Jerez today was basically over before midday. Heavy rains hindered the riders progress, and only three riders ventured out onto the track during the afternoon session.

Tom Luthi set the best lap of the day during cool but sunny conditions in the morning. Luthi’s lap time of 1’43.802 was more than a half second faster than the 2010 pole position time set by Shoya Tomizawa last year.

By the time the rain arrived, Luthi was .139 seconds faster Scott Redding. Redding, Yuki Takahashi, Stefan Bradl, and Jules Cluzel all finished within 1 second of the lap leader, but were unable to close the gap once the rain started coming down.

The 125cc class also took to the track today. Nico Terol scored the best time of 1’49.168 during the morning session, but like the Moto2 riders, was not able to better his time in the afternoon. Maverick Vinales, Johan Zarco, Jonas Folger, and Efren Vazquez were the fastest riders in the morning session, and the only riders to finish within a second of Terol.

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