Elias triumphs in Le Mans Moto2

Eurosport - Sun, 23 May 11:10:00 2010

Tony Elias won his second Moto2 grand prix in succession with his victory over fellow-Spaniard Julian Simon in Le Mans moving him to top of the riders' standings.

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In an incident-filled race, Elias finished 1.336 seconds clear of Simon, while Simone Corsi secured his first podium of the season in third place ahead of fellow Italian Andrea Iannone.

Jerez winner Elias takes over at the top of the standings from Shoya Tomizawa and opens an 18-point lead after the Japanese rider's crash in Le Mans.

Only 30 of the 41 starters finished what was the third race of the season, with Dominique Aegerter and Karl Abraham crashing at the first corner.

Alex Debon was disqualified for a jump start having taken an early lead, while Kenny Noyes and Yuki Takahashi crashed out of third and fourth spot on lap five.

The incidents allowed local hero Jules Cluzel to take over the lead but his glory was short-lived as he too crashed' although he was fortunate not to be taken out by Xavier Simoeon's bike.

Instead, Simeon's out of control Holidaygym Moriwaki slammed into the side of Alex de Angelis to end his race.

Tomizawa, having survived an earlier near miss, tangled with Mattia Pasini a few laps later while seeking to improve on 20th place, and the attempted move brought both riders down.

After all this, Elias found himself with a one-second lead from Simon, with Corsi in third, and the Spaniard gradually increased his lead to secure what proved a relatively comfortable victory.


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