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Next Moto2 chapter to unfold at Montmeló

Next Moto2 chapter to unfold at Montmeló

The intermediate category returns to a track where many of the riders gained their first impressions of their developing prototypes in a pre-season test. This time the visit is for round seven of the 2010 Championship, the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya.

Toni Elías will continue the defence of his Championship lead on home soil this weekend as the Moto2 class heads to Montmeló for the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, with the Gresini Racing rider on 100 points after six rounds.

Elías holds a healthy 24-point lead over second placed Shoya Tomizawa and the Technomag-CIP rider has maintained a regular scoring vein of form to remain second. Incredibly Elías has not finished a race at Catalunya since he was third in the 250cc category in 2004. His consistency this season however will offer him hope of securing a home podium as he attempts to maintain his occupation of top spot.

Thomas Lüthi’s third place at Assen means that he and Elías are the only two riders to have finished on the podium three times this season, and the Interwetten Moriwaki rider placed second in the race before at Silverstone. Those two results were made all the more impressive after it was revealed this week the Swiss rider suffered a broken collarbone before the British GP. He has been operated on this week after aggravating the injury at Assen and will attend Catalunya on Thursday when a decision will be made on his participation, and he fully intends to ride.

A second victory of the season at Assen lifted Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up) into fourth place in the standings and the Italian won the 125cc race at Catalunya last year. He is now just seven points behind Lüthi, with Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) six points further behind Iannone in fourth.

Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing) and Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2) are level on 55 points each, with Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons) looking for a scoring position after his placement of 23rd at Assen was the first time he had failed to finish in the points this season.

Alex Debón (Aeroport de Castello-Ajo) will attempt to ride despite having fractured a collarbone in a crash at Assen in qualifying, as he tries to keep the pressure on from ninth position in the standings. There will be two wildcard entries in the Moto2 class, as Dani Rivas and Jordi Torres ride Promoharris frames under the Mr Griful banner.

First practice for the Moto2 class starts at 3.10pm local time on Friday.

Tags:
Moto2, 2010, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA

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