At the start of the first free practice session for the Moto2 class at the Red Bull Indy GP, season leader Toni Elias had his eye on Andrea Iannone, Julian Simon, Simone Corsi, and Thomas Luthi. One rider that he was probably not expecting stiff competition from, was Scott Redding.Redding has not qualified higher than tenth this season, but he put in a shockingly fast lap at the end of the first free practice session to oust Elias from the top spot. The 17 year old Brit showed the season leader just how fast he was today, putting in a 1’46.728 lap time, edging out Elias by just 15 thousandths of a second. Redding put in his confidence boosting time on his 22nd and final lap of the free practice session.There's still a lot of racing to be done before Redding will get to try for some points. But the young Brit will try to carry his confidence over to the Moto2 race on Saturday, where he will try to beat his best finish in Moto2 to date, which was fourth at Silverstone.Andrea Iannone finished third behind season leader Toni Elias. Iannone, who currently sits 55 points behind Elias, would finish .125 seconds behind Elias in the first free practice session at Indy.Simone Corsi had a solid outing today. He claimed the fourth place position and was the final rider to place under the 1'47 mark.Behind Corsi, there were another 13 riders to place within a second of Redding. Most notably, wild-card Jason DiSalvo took the ten place spot in front the American home crowd. DiSalvo recently split with the Triumph team in the World Supersport series, and is now trying his hand at Moto2. He'll have to do better in the race on Sunday if he wants to impress anyone, but a tenth place showing is a solid start for the Wild Card.Fellow American and Wild Card participant, Roger Lee Hayden, didn't get his Moto2 weekend off the way he wanted, but still showed some speed on the Indy track. Hayden lost some valuable time with a mechanical error, but was still able to finish within 1.3 seconds behind Redding, although it was in 23rd place.
Moto2 - Indianapolis - Free Practice 1
The Moto2 series will be coming to Indianapolis this weekend for the Indy U.S. Grand Prix, and Toni Elias will look to build upon his 55 point lead in the series.
Elias has won the last two Moto2 races, and will be looking for his third in America.
“I like Indianapolis, it’s one of my favorite tracks,” said Elias. “We’ll see how the bike feels there. We must improve in wet conditions because we suffered a lot. The situation is good overall though. When I was a child I always liked America and it would be nice if in two weeks I could take a third-straight victory.”
Andrea Iannone sits in second in the overall standings, and has finished on the podium the last two times out. But Elias' biggest challenge could come from the Americans this weekend.
Kenny Noyes will be joined by Roger Lee Hayden and Jason DiSalvo as wildcard entries at Indy.
Noyes is having a successful rookie season in Moto2. Noyes has yet to find the podium, but he did earn his first pole position at the France GP.
Hayden is entering the Moto2 round at Indy, because it's the one World Championship he has yet to race in this year. Hayden has raced in the Daytona Sportbike, the World Superbike, and the MotoGP this year. He is hoping for a top ten finish in Moto2.
“The track is really nice. We’d like to get a top-10, which will be difficult. We’re going to have to do our best, riding my best ever. The bike’s going to have to be performing well, but that’s our goal.”
DiSalvo ended his tenure with Triumph in the World Supersport earlier this year, and will be looking for some redemption at Indy.
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Toni Elias captured his fourth Moto2 win of the 2010 season, and extended his lead to 55 points today at BRNO. Elias' victory today at BRNO gave the Gresini Racing team its 100th podium finish in Moto2. Yuki Takahashi and Andrea Iannone completed the podium.Andrea Iannone, who started from the pole position, was nearly able to pull away with the race win, but at lap 13, Elias was able to make up a gap of over a second, to overtake Iannone. Iannone then fell behind Takahashi, and Elias began to add some space behind him. Elias would finish with a 2.3 second advantage over Takahashi, claiming 25 points in the process. Thomas Luthi, who went into today's race in second, finished in 11th, drops down to third behind Iannone.
Moto2 - BRNO - Race Results
Shoya Tomizawa took his second pole position of the 2010 Moto2 season at BRNO today, beating out Andrea Iannone and Toni Elias. Tomizawa set a 2'03.452 time, beating out the rest of Moto2 riders by .232 seconds. Iannone was the next across the line, achieving his fifth front row start of the season. Iannone has won the three previous pole positions, finished ahead of season leader Toni Elias.
Moto2 - BRNO - Qualifying
Fonsi Nieto took the top spot during the first free practice session for the Moto2 series at the Czech Republic Grand Prix, but he didn't take it by much. Nieto finished just two-thousandths of a second ahead of Karel Abraham Nieto did his session winning lap with just three minutes left to go, narrowly beating out Abraham's time, which stood for most of the session. Abraham set his time early in the session, but crashed out of contention with 25 minutes left in the session. Shoya Tomizawa was another rider that saw the pavement, but Tomizawa was able to get back on his bike to set the third best time of the session. Season leader Toni Elias was not allowed to participate in this morning's session at BRNO. Elias rode at Misano last weekend, breaking a Moto2 rule. He will be allowed to come back tomorrow for the second free practice session.
Moto2 - BRNO - Free Practice Times
1. Nieto (Moriwaki) 2m 4.875s2. Abraham (FTR) +0.002s3. Tomizawa (Suter) +0.032s4. Talmacsi (Speed Up) +0.135s5. Simon (Suter) +0.157s6. Takahashi (Tech 3) +0.164s7. Corsi (Motobi) +0.341s8. Iannone (Speed Up) +0.425s9. Debon (FTR) +0.454s10. Tode (Suter) +0.463s
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