Monday, May 24


SPANIARD Toni Elias kept his head, rode forcefully on his Gresini Racing Moriwaki, and scored his second win of the year in the new Moto2 class at Le Mans on Sunday. In the process he opened up an 18-point lead at the top of the Moto2 World Championship. He led home Julián Simón and Simone Corsi in a race that was extremely eventful in its opening stages.

Elías made a rapid start from seventh on the grid and took the early lead, but Alex Debón was soon in front. However, the Valencian rider was penalised for a jump-start and had to take a ride through penalty as he lost first position. Yuki Takahashi crashed out from fourth, and pole position man Kenny Noyes suffered the same disappointment in a crash-riddled race that saw many riders suffer front-end slides, and crashes.

At the head of the race Elías, Jules Cluzel and Simón established a break, but disaster struck the Frenchman Cluzel when he lost the front of his bike. Championship leader at the start of the race, Shoya Tomizawa ran off twice, first as the result of De Rosa’s crash which forced him wide, then of his own accord, bringing down Mattia Pasini too.

As Elías stretched out his lead and Simón shored up second, Andrea Iannone and Corsi scrapped for third behind, with the latter coming out on top to claim his first Moto2podium.

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