Jorge Lorenzo may be sitting comfortable in the MotoGP World Championship right now, but I doubt he is ignoring the efforts of a determined Dani Pedrosa. In the Moto2 series, Toni Elias is in a very similar situation.
Elias currently leads the series by 67 points, and he is coming off of his third consecutive Moto2 win. If Elias can keep his bike on the podium for the next couple of rounds, he should be able to secure the Moto2 Championship.
But like Lorenzo, Elias knows the dangers of dropping his guard.
“At Misano I will try to continue the good work of recent races, especially because it would be great to get another strong result at the team’s home event,” Elias said. “Moto2 is a tough class, there are so many riders going fast that you can never relax, not even for one moment, so we have to keep focused and keep fighting because there are still a lot of races to go.”
Elias' closest competitor, Andrea Iannone, had a tough round at Indy last weekend. A crash in qualifying left Iannone on the 25th spot on the grid for the race. But Iannone showed what a competitor he is, and managed to climb back up for a 4th place finish.
Iannone has his eyes on Elias, but he also has some tough competition coming from behind. Thomas Luthi and Julian Simon are tied for third, just 11 points behind Iannone.
There are still 7 rounds left, including Misano, in the Moto2 Championships, and Elias' work is far from finished if he wants to win the Moto2 series. He's established himself as the leader of the series, and now will have to defend his position from the charging Moto2 pack.
Check out the MotoGP Misano Preview here.
Indianapolis MotoGP Racers Receive Cardo
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PITTSBURGH, PA (August 30th, 2010) – Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth® communication systems for motorcycle helmets, today announced that it presented the racers competing at this past weekend’s exciting MotoGP in Indianapolis with its industry-leading scala rider G4 PowerSet motorcycle intercom communication system for bikers.
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Established in 1949 as a world championship by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), MotoGP is the premier motorcycle racing world championship, an 18-race series visiting 14 countries across four continents. Its participants represent the world’s most-skilled racers. Last weekend’s Indianapolis leg of this prestigious global event showcased the natural synergy between FIM and Cardo Systems, both marquee names in the motorcycle industry. Cardo Systems was happy to provide them with the industry’s pre-eminent Bluetooth® communication device in recognition of their world-class status in competing in last weekend’s Indianapolis event.
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Going in to today's race, Toni Elias had a 55 point lead in the Moto2 Championship standings, and two consecutive race wins. Elias took his third consecutive race win today, and extended his lead to 67 points over Andrea Iannone.It is the first time in Elias' Moto2 career that he has ever won three races in a row. The Gresini Racing rider beat out pole sitter Julian Simon and Scott Redding for the win, in a race that was restarted and shortened to 17 laps.Two separate crashes on the opening lap caused the restart. Shoya Tomizawa and Michael Ranseder both went down at the beginning of the original race. Neither were able to get back on their bikes for the restart.Elias started from 6th place when the race was restarted, but got the hole shot and quickly made his way up to first. Elias was overtaken by Simon on the fifth lap, and the two Spaniards battled upfront for the lead for the remainder of the race.With just 6 laps to go, Elias mad a fantastic overtaking move to regain the lead, and was able to hold onto it until he crossed the checkered flags. It was Elias' fifth win of the Moto2 season, and makes him the clear contender for the title.Scott Redding crossed the line in third to claim his first ever podium victory, and Andrea Iannone was close behind in fourth. Iannone let Elias widen the gap in the Moto2 standings, but things could have been much worse. Iannone started from the 7th row today, and had a great race to work his way back up into the top five.Simon Corsi also started from the back of the pack, but was able to maneuver his way up into the fifth place spot.Thomas Luthi, who finished 7th, is now tied in third place with Julian Simon, behind Andrea Iannone and Toni Elias.
All the Americans improved on their starting positions today, and Jasin Di Salvo managed to break into the top ten with a ninth place finish. Roger Lee Hayden was the next hometown boy to cross the line in 17th, followed by Kenny Noyes in 19th.
Moto2 - Indianapolis GP - Race Results
An hour after Ben Spies took his first pole position in MotoGP, Julian Simon earned his maiden pole victory in the Moto2. Simon beat out Hector Faubel and Scott Redding to take the win during the qualifying session at the Red Bull Indy GP. Simon took his maiden pole on his last effort around the Indy track. Simon's 1'46.139 time overtook both Marc VDS teammates in the closing minues of the qualifying session. Redding, who was the fastest at both free practice sessions, looked like he was going to continue his dominance to claim the pole position. But late in the session, his teammate, Faubel, put up a fantastic lap to put him up on the top. Both riders fell from the top of the time sheets, however, with Simon's late surge.The front row of the grid will be completed by Simone Corsi, who claimed fourth place at the Moto2 qualifying at Indy.
The first spot on the second row of the grid was decided by just three thousandths of a second. Anthony West was able to best season leader Toni Elias to lead the second row. Ratthapark Wilairot and Sergio Gadea complete row two.Andrea Iannone, who is currently Elias' biggest competition for the Moto2 championship, took a bad fall today and finished in 26th. Iannone, as well as Fonsi Nieto, were both taken to the medical center for treatment.Yusuke Teshima, who crashed in the second free practice session, was able to return to the track for the qualifying, but he could only manage 37th place.The American riders had another tough outing on the Indy track. Jason DiSalvo finished 27th. Roger Lee Hayden and Kenny Noyes finished in 29th an 30th respectively.
Moto2 - Indianapolis - Qualifying
For the second day in a row, the Marc VDS Racing team rider, Scott Redding, has found himself on the top of the time sheets. Redding rode to another victory at the end of the second free practice session for the Moto2 at the Red Bull Indy GP.Redding surprised a lot of people during the first free practice session, as he put in one final lap to oust Toni Elias from the top spot on the time sheets. But today, he proved that his quick speed wasn't just a fluke.The young Brit finished .135 seconds ahead of Andrea Iannone, and improved on his FP1 time by more than 7 tenths of a second. Iannone needs a race win if he wants to close the gap on Toni Elias, but with Redding in top form, a number one finish could be hard to come by.Ratthapark Wilairot took the third place spot. Wilariot was another rider who used the final lap to show his quickest speed. Wilariot finished just two tenths off of Redding, narrowly beating out Julian Simon, who finished in fourth.Season leader Toni Elias came across the line in fifth place. Elias has won the last two races in Moto2, but he'll have some tough competition to overcome to get the race win at Indy.Raffaele De Rosa, Anthony West, followed Elias for 6th and 7th, and Yusuke Teshima came across in 8th. Teshima had a big crash at the end of the session, and was attended to by medics on the side of the track. His participation for the rest of the weekend is currently in question.Jason Di Salvo was the highest placing American. Di Savlo finished in 23rd place. Roger Lee Hayden and Kenny Noyes had less successful outings during the second free practice session, finishing in 25th and 31st respectively.
Moto2 - Indianapolis - 2nd Free Practice Session
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