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Top 10 Moto2 riders of 2010: Part 2.

5th to 1st places in's top ten Moto2 riders of 2010.
5th - Shoya Tomizawa
Team: Technomag-CIP
Bike: Suter
Championship position: 13h
Victories: 1
Podiums: 2
Pole positions: 2
Fastest laps: 0
Points finishes: 6 out of 11 starts

Shoya Tomizawa's tragic death at Misano robbed Moto2, and motorcycle grand prix, of one of its newest and most exciting stars.

A best of tenth during his first full (250cc) season in 2009, Tomizawa's talent was unleashed by the more equal equipment offered in Moto2 and he stunned the world by bolting from ninth on the grid to a 4.7sec victory in round one at Qatar.

Another podium and two poles followed before the 19-year-old lost his life at round eleven, Misano.

If Tomizawa had continued his 7.5 points-per-race average (82 points/11 rounds) for the full 17 rounds he would have concluded the championship with 127 points, good enough for sixth place.

But since Tomizawa failed to finish four of those eleven races, and had proven he could win, his potential was surely much higher.

When he did reach the flag (seven times), the Japanese scored an average of 11.7 points per race, meaning Tomizawa might have at least pushed Luthi for fourth if he had raced (and finished) the last six events (6 x 11.7 = 70.2 points, 70.2 points + 82 points= 152.2 points). Luthi scored 156 points.

Sadly we will never know.

4th - Alex de Angelis
Team: RSM Team Scot/JiR Moto2
Bike: Force GP210/MotoBI
Championship position: 11th
Victories: 1
Podiums: 3
Pole positions: 1
Fastest laps: 1
Points finishes: 7 out of 12 starts

Alex de Angelis raced three different motorcycles, for three different teams, in two different championships during 2010, but overcame the uncertainly - and injury - to claim only his second grand prix victory and first for the MotoBI Moto2 chassis.

Dropping down from MotoGP, de Angelis began the year with Team Scot and qualified in fourth place for round one, but was injured on lap one of the very first Moto2 race, forcing him to miss Jerez.

The Sammarinese claimed a best finish of tenth during his five races on the Force chassis, before accepting the offer of a stand-in ride in MotoGP for three rounds. By the time Hiroshi Aoyama was fit to reclaim his place at Interwetten Honda, the Scot team had folded, leaving de Angelis without a ride for Indianapolis.

A deal with JiR was then made from Misano onwards and, after overcoming a tragic debut, de Angelis qualified on the front row next time out at Aragon and later took the first of three podiums at Sepang in Malaysia.

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Olek - Unregistered

December 09, 2010 5:48 PM

Toni was head and shoulders above the rest, after the first race, no matter what the situation was (as long as Toni was on the bike) you always knew by the end of the race he would win it, or at least podium. Should be a really interesting season next year with him gone. A real shame Tomizawa died, besides the obvious reasons, he really did seem to be the next great racer from Japan.

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