News 9 Jun 2011

Bradl continues to be the man to beat as wild Moto2 series heats up

Bradl has been in amazing form all season in the Moto2 category.

Bradl has been in amazing form all season in the Moto2 category.

Stefan Bradl enters the AirAsia British Grand Prix fresh from his third victory of the 2011 season. The Viessmann Kiefer Racing rider stretched his lead at the top of the standings to a 43-point advantage after winning the Catalunya GP, his fourth since moving up to the intermediate class of GP racing and his third win of the season.

His pole position in Barcelona made him the first rider to take five successive poles in the intermediate category since Toni Elías in 2003.

The German appears in form to make a run for another podium at Silverstone, having qualified third on the grid for the Moto2 race there last year.

His closest rival is Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project), and the Italian has something to prove at the Silverstone track after his race there last year was ended on the second lap after a collision with Bradl.

Andrea Iannone sits ten points behind Corsi, and at the British GP he will become the sixth youngest rider to reach the milestone of 100 Grand Prix starts. The Speed Master rider finished twelfth last year at Silverstone and is matched in Championship points by Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar).

The Spaniard will however miss this round after fracturing the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a crash at Catalunya last weekend.

Just two points behind Iannone and Simón is Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) who finished in 18th last year at the circuit, and Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2).

The Swiss rider finished second last year at Silverstone after leading the race until the last lap, and it will be a result he will be eager to repeat after his Catalunya race ended in a DNF on Sunday.

Marc Márquez is poised to lay an assault on the Moto2 field, having won the 125cc race at the British Grand Prix last year after a race long battle with Pol Espargaró.

The Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider has finished first and second in the last two races, making him the second youngest rider to have back-to-back podiums in the intermediate class after Marco Melandri.

Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) who missed the British Grand Prix last year due to injuries received in a crash in practice, enters Silverstone with 42 Championship points, followed by Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) who finished tenth in the MotoGP race last season and who scored his first ever World Championship podium at his home GP last weekend.

British riders Bradley Smith (Tech 3) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) will be looking for an advantage on home soil. Smith was third in the 125cc race last year at Silverstone and Redding was fourth in Moto2 after making his way through the field from a twelfth place qualifying position.