Moto2

Toni Elias wins a chaotic Moto2 race at Le Mans

Author: Garry Morrow

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Toni Elias said that he wanted to win at Le Mans and the Spaniard was true to his word, battling from the second row after a crash in qualifying to dominate an exciting crash infested Moto2 race from the front.
Moto2 winner Toni Elias leads runner up Julian Simon.
As a result the Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki rider moves into the lead of the new Honda-powered World Championship. Two weeks after winning a battle royal at Jerez, the Spaniard had a mostly untroubled run to victory at Le Mans, chased all the way by reigning 125 World Champion Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter) who never quite got close enough to mount an attack on his compatriot.

There were plenty of incidents during the 26 laps, with early race leader Alex DebÌ_n given a stop go penalty after juming the start and 13 riders falling. Local hero Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing, Suter) crashed at the high-speed first turn just moments after snatching the lead from Elias on lap six. Other significant non-finishers were Qatar winner and former points leader Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Suter), Le Mans pole-sitter Kenny Noyes (Jack & Jones by A.Banderas, PromoHarris) and second fastest qualifier Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3 Racing, Tech 3).

The series of crashes for his closest rivals in the championship means that Elias now holds an 18-point lead over Shoya Tomizawa.

"Iå«m really happy with this because we had a tough day yesterday after the crash," Elias said.

"Thanks to the team I was able to make it up from 41st position to qualify seventh by the end of the session and that allowed me to make a good start. I ran with the front group and when the tyres started to go off I was able to manage the situation better than the other guys and secure the win. It is my second consecutive victory and Iå«m leading the championship but I donå«t want to think about that just now. It is important to take things race by race without thinking too much about the ultimate objective. I want to thank the team and Moriwaki because theyå«re all doing a great job," Elias concluded.

JuliÌÁn SimÌ_n, making his debut on the Suter chassis, secured his first podium of 2010 with second spot as he moved into fourth place in the Championship, and Simone Corsi completed the top three after managing to open a gap up between himself and Iannone, who placed fourth. Corsi now occupies third in the overall standings.

‰ÛÏThis podium is very important, because I proved to myself that even if the practice sessions don‰Ûªt go well, I have a team behind me who can give me strength and put me back into contention for a race," SimÌ_n said.

"I was ready for anything, and worked well in the opening laps by looking for the space to pass a number of riders. I was lucky to stay out of the way of any crashers, right up until I arrived at ElÌ_as‰Ûª tail. I went round with him, but I knew that passing him would be another matter due to his more consistent pace.

"I am very happy with my first podium in this new category, especially as I debuted the new bike with a top three finish. We have to keep working because we still have some way to go in fine tuning the bike, but I want to thank everybody in the team and sponsoring us for supporting the decision to change chassis during the season.‰Û

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