M2: Italian GP: Team Aspar race report

Mugello is notorious for its slipstreaming potential, but the 2010 Italian Grand Prix needed none for the Moto2 winner. Andrea Iannone took the only home victory of the day in Tuscany, escaping from the start and leaving his rivals chasing shadows.

Mugello is notorious for its slipstreaming potential, but the 2010 Italian Grand Prix needed none for the Moto2 winner. Andrea Iannone took the only home victory of the day in Tuscany, escaping from the start and leaving his rivals chasing shadows. The podium fight was more open, but times were generally down on those set in practice on Friday and Saturday. Once again there were crashes galore, with ten riders hitting the deck. Another interesting race for the new intermediate world championship category.

For the two Mapfre Aspar riders, the race was one of fightbacks and frustration. Julian Simon started well but made an error when changing gears, leaving him with a lot to do if he was to acheive his goal of a podium finish. He had dropped as low as fifteenth, but managed to pull back to ninth on lap seven. The fight in the trailing pack slowed him down and allowed the lead pack -and the podium- to get away from the Spaniard.

Mike Di Meglio started lower down on the grid, and had an even tougher task when he was boxed in on the first corner. He also gritted his teeth and passed a number of riders, but was knocked off track at San Donato and was forced to retire from the race.

9th Julian Simon:
"I made a mistake on the opening laps, skipping a gear and letting lots of riders get past me. From then on it was just a case of pushing as best I could. In the warmup we made the bike a bit smoother to ride, and I was comfortable on it when making what was a relatively simple comeback. However, when I reached Alex Debon we both slowed each other down, allowing the group ahead of us to escape. I thought that if I got amongst them I would be in the podium fight, but it wasn't to be. I hope that we can continue improving the bike for Silverstone and repeat the Le Mans podium."

Mike Di Meglio (DNF):
"I made a good start today, but on the first corner I was pushed wide by other riders and lost positions again. On the opening five laps I felt the new settings that we tried in the warmup really working for me, even when the tyres were going off. At a certain point in the race I had a power delivery problem that affected me badly, and when I had rectified it I was hit from behind by another rider. There was nothing that I could do, as he took me off the track and completely by surprise. It is a shame, because I think that I could have taken points."

-source: team aspar

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Alex Debon , Julian Simon , Andrea Iannone