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Moto2 thriller to roll on in France

Moto2 thriller to roll on in France

The third round of the intermediate category will take place at Le Mans as Shoya Tomizawa aims to build on his slender lead at the top of the Championship.

As the debut season of the Moto2 category continues to unfold Le Mans is the next circuit to host the World Championship as round three of the 600cc class calls on the French track. Leading the standings after the opening two rounds of the 2010 calendar is Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa of the Technomag-CIP team, having taken a win and a second place in the first two races.

The strong start stands the 19 year-old in good stead, and he will be hoping to improve significantly on his failure to finish last year’s 250cc race in his only previous World Championship outing at Le Mans. Hot on his heels in the standings is Toni Elías at just seven points adrift, and the Spaniard has enjoyed some success at the track in the past having won there in the quarter-litre category in 2003 – one of three career podiums at the site. Elías’ win at Jerez made him one of the few riders to have now won races in four different classes, the others being 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP.

Interwetten Moriwaki rider Thomas Lüthi occupies third in the standings heading into the third round, and with two wins (both in the 125cc class) at Le Mans he knows his way around the layout well. A podium finish at Jerez last time out means he will be one of the favourites to be challenging at the head of the race.

Jules Cluzel’s desire to please his home fans combined with his eagerness to maintain pace with the Championship leaders will see the Forward Racing man going hard. The Frenchman will want to improve on his previous record at the circuit, as he did not compete in the 250cc race in the last two seasons due to physical problems (in 2008) and a fall in qualifying (last year).

Alex Debón (Aeroport de Castelló-Ajo) returns after the disappointment of a DNF at Jerez and will want to consolidate if not improve on his fifth place in the standings, whilst Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2), Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons) and Roberto Rolfo (Italtrans STR) are all top-eight riders with their eyes on the podium.

Mapfre Aspar riders Julián Simón and Mike di Meglio will compete on the Suter chassis for the first time this season after the Spanish team decided to switch to the Swiss frame last week, and there will also be a wildcard entry, Belgian rider Xavier Simon, who will ride a Moriwaki chassis under the banner Holiday Gym Franchises.

Tags:
Moto2, 2010, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE

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