Elias Takes Final Pole Position at Valencia

moto2_elias_valencia Moto2 champion Toni Elias was able to claim one last pole position before the close of the 2010 Moto2 season tomorrow at Valencia. Elias beat out Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone, and Scott Redding to claim the final pole position of the season.

Elias took his third pole position of the season by setting a 1’36.141 time to beat out Bradl by a tenth of a second. Bradl has been strong all weekend, and will give Elias a run for his money during the final Moto2 race tomorrow.

Andrea Iannone and Scott Redding will also be on the front row of the grid tomorrow. Alex de Angelis will lead the second row, followed by Kanan Sofuoglu, Julian Simon, and Carmelo Morales.

The focus of tomorrow’s race will be on Iannone and Simon as they battle it out for second place. Simon currently leads by six points, but will start four spots back during tomorrow’s race.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Bradl Leads the Way at Valencia

moto2_bradl The free practice sessions of the final round of the 2010 Moto2 season are over, and Stefan Bradl has come out on top. Bradl was unbeatable today around the Valencia track, as he topped the time sheets at both the morning and afternoon free practice sessions today in Spain.

Bradl took his first Moto2 win last weekend, and was able to carry that momentum into the final round of the 2010 Moto2 season. Bradl beat out Karel Abraham and Jules Cluzel for the top spot on the time sheet during FP1.

Toni Elias has already wrapped up the 2010 Moto2 championship, but second place is still up for grabs between Julian Simon and Andrea Iannone. Simon was able to finish fourth for the day, but Iannone crashed out and was carried from the track on a stretcher. Simon leads Iannone by 6 points, and gains even more of an advantage now that Iannone will have to compete with a sore leg.

In the second free practice session, it was Bradl again at the top of the time sheets. Bradl continued to push himself around the track, and dropped his time down to 1’36.666 seconds.

Simon took a step up in the standings, finishing in second behind Bradl. Simon was followed by Karel Abraham, Alex de Angelis, and Scott Redding.

Andrea Iannone was able to get back on the track during FP2, but still sore from his crash in FP1, was only able to manage a 19th place finish.

Moto2 – Valencia – FP2

1. Bradl (Suter) 1m 36.666sec
2. Simon (Suter) +0.181s
3. Abraham (FTR) +0.209s
4. de Angelis (MotoBI) +0.265s
5. Redding (Suter) +0.282s

1. Bradl (Suter) 1m 36.666sec2. Simon (Suter) +0.181s3. Abraham (FTR) +0.209s4. de Angelis (MotoBI) +0.265s5. Redding (Suter) +0.282s

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

MotoGP Free Practice Results From Valencia

motogp_lorenzo_valencia The final weekend of the 2010 MotoGP season is underway, and the MotoGP riders have just finished up the first day of free practice on the Valencia track. The usual suspects were toward the top of the time sheets all morning, but Marco Simoncelli and Colin Edwards also had a fantastic opening day in Spain.

During the first free practice session, no one was able to match the speed of Ducati man Casey Stoner. Stoner was the only rider to break the 1’33 barrier, and set a time of 1’32.897. Stoner was more than a half a second ahead of 2010 MotoGP champion Jorg Lorenzo and Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso. Marco Simoncelli took the fourth place spot ahead of Valentino Rossi.

In the second free practice session, Jorge Lorenzo turned it up a notch to score the fastest time of the day. Loreno set a 1’32.690 at the end of the second session. Lorenzo is aiming for his 8th pole position of the season, and if he can land on the podium at the end of the weekend, he will have beaten Valentino Rossi’s record for most points in a season.

Stoner was able to follow Lorenzo in second place, but he was the only rider who did not improve his time from FP1. Colin Edwards had a great second session, and was able to cross the line in third. He was followed by Marco Simoncelli and Andrea Dovizioso.

Ben Spies, who took a fall during the morning session, placed sixth ahead of Randy de Puniet and Marco Melandri. Valentino Rossi finished in ninth, almost a full second off of his teammates pace.

MotoGP – Valencia – FP1

  • Casey Stoner – Ducati – 1’32.897
  • Jorege Lorenzo – Yamaha – +.558
  • Andrea Dovizioso – Honda – +.603
  • Marco Simoncelli – Honda – + .734
  • Valentino Rossi – Yamaha – + .817

MotoGP – Valencia – FP2

  • Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha – 1’32.690
  • Casey Stoner – Ducati – + .314
  • Colin Edwards – Yamaha – + .776
  • Marco Simoncelli – Honda – + .778
  • Andrea Dovizioso – Honda – + .780

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

2010 Moto2 Preview: Valencia

The final weekend of the 2010 Moto2 season at Valencia should be a thriller, as Julian Simon and Andrea Iannone battle for second place. Toni Elias has already captured the 2010 Moto2 title, but the second place spot is still up for grabs.

Simon has the advantage going into the weekend, leading Iannone by six points. But what Simon doesn’t have, is a race win to his name this season. Simon has earned five second place finishes to earn the advantage heading into the final round, but Simon wants a win to finish off the season.

“To arrive in Valencia lying second in the Moto2 championship gives me a lot of strength,” said Simon. “I am happy because we are getting to know the bike more and more but we just need to take that final step and win a race.”

“My objective is to tie up the runner-up spot in the championship by any means necessary. It has been a busy season for us but we have passed every test with flying colors and that is positive as we start to plan for 2011.

“Cheste is a circuit I like and we have plenty of data because we tested there not long ago. I won there last year too and I think all the factors are in place for us to have a top race on Sunday.”

Andrea Iannone has three race wins this season, and will be looking for one more at Valencia. Iannone needs to gain 6 points on Simon to claim second place for the 2010 season.

2010 Moto2 Standings

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Toni ELIAS Moriwaki SPA 271
2. Julian SIMON Suter SPA 185
3. Andrea IANNONE Speed Up ITA 179
4. Thomas LUTHI Moriwaki SWI 143
5. Simone CORSI Motobi ITA 129
6. Gabor TALMACSI Speed Up HUN 103
7. Jules CLUZEL Suter FRA 101
8. Stefan BRADL Suter GER 97
9. Scott REDDING Suter GBR 91
10. Yuki TAKAHASHI Tech 3 JPN 86

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

2010 MotoGP Preview: Valencia

motogp_valencia The final round of the 2010 MotoGP season is finally here. The MotoGP riders will have one last chance to score some points this weekend, as they head to Valencia for the final round of the 2010 MotoGP season.

It is sure to be an emotional weekend for many of the MotoGP riders. Jorge Lorenzo, who has already secured the MotoGP title, will get one last chance to wow his home crowd at Valencia.

“Finally the end of the season is here and for me it is so special to finish in Spain, with all of my fans,” said Lorenzo. “I have already celebrated in Mallorca but this will be the first time I ride in Spain as the World Champion and I am so proud to do so.”

Lorenzo has already secured the Triple Crown, but he could still reach one more milestone this season. If Lorenzo finishes on the podium this weekend, he will beat Valentino Rossi’s record for most points scored in a season.

“We have won the Triple Crown now so our targets are complete, but I would like to make a new points record, which I can do if I finish on the podium,” Lorenzo said. “I have never won in Valencia so I would really like to try this weekend.”

Valentino Rossi will also have an extremely emotional weekend, as he will race his last race aboard his beloved M1 with the Fiat Yamaha team. Rossi has raced 116 races with the Fiat Yamaha team. He won 46 of those races, and earned four world titles.

“So here we are, my last race with Yamaha and it will be an emotional weekend for all,” said Rossi. “Of course I would really like to try to win this final race because it would be a great end to this partnership, which has had so many beautiful moments. This is a special weekend so we will do everything that we can. I am third in the championship after Estoril and second is not impossible, although we know Dani is strong in Valencia and he is still 19 points ahead.”

Pedrosa had a firm grasp on second place until he injured himself in a crash at Motegi. Pedrosa still isn’t in top shape, but he should be able to hold off a charging Valentino Rossi.

Casey Stoner is in fourth, well within reach of the podium. Stoner is just 12 points behind Rossi, and will be looking to make up for a DNF at Estoril. Stoner will also be saying goodbye to his Ducati team after the final MotoGP race this weekend, as he is moving to Honda for the 2011 season.

2010 MotoGP Standings

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Jorge LORENZO Yamaha M1 SPA 358
2. Dani PEDROSA Honda RC212V SPA 236
3. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha M1 ITA 217
4. Casey STONER Ducati GP10 AUS 205
5. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda RC212V ITA 195
6. Ben SPIES Yamaha M1 USA 163
7. Nicky HAYDEN Ducati GP10 USA 163
8. Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 115
9. Randy DE PUNIET Honda FRA 110
10. Marco MELANDRI Honda ITA 100

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com