Jul 14, 2011
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FTR MOTO IN SEARCH OF SUCCESS IN GERMANY
FTR MOTO is preparing for Sunday's German Moto2 World Championship race, round nine in the series, looking to continue its 2011 success, led by Italian rider Simone Corsi.
Corsi, on the Ioda Racing Project M211, has finished in the top 14 in each of the eight races so far this year and is out to add to his five 125cc Grand Prix wins with a debut Moto2 victory.
His Ioda team-mate Mattia Pasini is also looking to add to his list of 125cc and 250cc victories as the Italian sits in 22nd place in the Championship but took a season-best sixth place finish at Assen in Holland two rounds ago and led at Silverstone in round six before crashing out.
Spanish youngsters Esteve Rabat on the Blusens STX M211 and HP Tuenti Speed Up rider Pol Espargaro are both showing signs of stepping up towards a possible first podium finish. Rabat narrowly missed out on the points in the last round at Mugello, Italy but scored three top seven finishes in the three races prior to that.
Espargaro has powered his M211 to a succession of fastest laps in recent races and is aiming to improve on a best finish of sixth place so far this year his first campaign in Moto2 after five years in the 125cc World Championship. His team-mate Valentin Debise continues to come close to his first points of the year, missing out by just four seconds in Mugello last time out.
Max Neukirchner, riding the MZ-FTR, is aiming to improve on his 15th place in the Championship in his home round while his team-mate Anthony West sits 19th prior to the Sachsenring action. Colombian Yonny Hernandez is hoping to bounce back from a Mugello crash on his Blusens STX M211 with a solid finish in Germany while American Kenny Noyes (FOGI/GP Tech Team) and Santiago Hernandez, on the SAG Team FTR, both go in search of their first points of the campaign.
And Thailand rider Ratthapark Wilairot is adapting to personnel changes in his Thai Honda Singha SAG Team as he bids to add to the World Championship points he scored at Jerez, Spain in April on his FTR M211.
"We had three FTR Moto riders in the top six in last year's German round so a repeat of that is a good target for us to start the weekend," said FTR's Steve Bones. "We continue to see improvement with the younger FTR riders and those that are new to the Moto2 class and we remain confident that a first FTR win of the 2011 Championship is not too far away."