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Corsi’s fifth at Catalunya boosts FTR in Moto2™

Corsi’s fifth at Catalunya boosts FTR in Moto2™

In what has been a difficult start for British chassis manufacturer FTR in the Moto2™ championship, Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi has given them a boost with his fifth place at Catalunya.

FTR has so far been one of the success stories of the Moto3™ class, with some riders having switched over to their chassis after the opening round at Qatar. However, the story in Moto2™ has been almost the reverse. Already down on numbers from last year, FTR currently only has two riders running their chassis – last year at Valencia, ten lined up on the grid.

Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón switched to Suter after the first round, and Angel Rodriguez followed suit with a switch to Bimota in his Desguaces La Torre SAG team. The only representatives for the British manufacturer are SAG Team’s Marco Colandera and Corsi.

Whilst Colandera is struggling with the bike, Corsi looks to be getting to grips with the machine, which has culminated in a marked improvement in just five rounds, sending him into the top five at Montmeló. And this after a fiercely fought battle with the three Suter bikes of Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Esteve Rabat, Mapfre Aspar Team’s Toni Elías and NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis, as well as the Kalex of Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding and the MotoBI of JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco.

Corsi is however looking for improvements to continually be at the sharp end without having to take excessive risks: "I’m happy because after two crashes in the last races, now I get some points for the championship rankings. But we still had the same grip problems which we had in practice and I risked too much during the race. We have still to work hard to be competitive like the top riders."

After five rounds, Corsi lies 14th in the championship standings with 19 points, following an eighth place in Qatar, 17th in Jerez and two DNFs in Estoril and Le Mans. This may not be where the Italian had envisaged at the start of the season, yet fighting it out at the top at a notoriously fast track will no doubt have given him some hope for the next round at FTR’s home race of Silverstone.

Moto2, 2012, Simone Corsi

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