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Top 10 Moto2 riders of 2010: Part 2.

Victory came from pole at Phillip Island and no rider scored more points than de Angelis over the last five rounds. Staying with JiR for 2011, de Angelis will hope that stability can bring the kind of title attack his speed deserves.

3rd - Julian Simon
Team: Mapfre Aspar Team
Bike: RSV/Suter
Championship position: 2nd
Victories: 0
Podiums: 8
Pole positions: 3
Fastest laps: 3
Points finishes: 14 out of 17 starts

Julian Simon overcame an early-season chassis switch to finish runner-up in the inaugural Moto2 World Championship, a position he claimed by just two points from Andrea Iannone.

Like Iannone, Simon took eight podiums. Unlike Iannone, Simon didn't win a race, finishing second no less than five times.

Given that other Suter riders (Tomizawa, Cluzel, Rolfo and Bradl) did win races, and that Simon and the Aspar team were always expected to be title contenders, we placed Iannone above Simon in our list.

2nd - Andrea Iannone
Team: Fimmco Speed Up
Bike: Speed Up
Championship position: 3rd
Victories: 3
Podiums: 8
Pole positions: 5
Fastest laps: 6
Points finishes: 13 out of 17 starts

At times this year Andrea Iannone seemed to be riding in a different championship, such was his dominance at Mugello, Assen and Aragon (where he took Moto2's biggest victory at 6.2sec).

The Italian claimed more fastest laps than any other rider, and was second in terms of race wins behind only world champion Toni Elias.

And Iannone could easily have won several more races had it not been for 'incidents'; such as a yellow flag penalty while leading at Catalunya, a crash after closing within sight of the leaders at Estoril and then contact from behind by Toni Elias while leading on the last lap at Valencia.

All this from a rider that finished a championship best of seventh during five previous seasons in 125cc.

Off the bike, Iannone matured enormously from the controversial figure he had sometimes been in the two-stroke class - he head-butted Pol Espargaro after a collision in the 2009 Misano race - proving gracious in defeat and cool-headed when events worked against him.

Iannone finished the season with almost twice as many points as team-mate, 2009 MotoGP rider and former 125cc world champion Gabor Talmacsi, who was the only other person using the FTR-derived Speed Up chassis.

1st – Toni Elias
Team: Gresini Racing Moto2
Bike: Moriwaki
Championship position: 1st
Victories: 7
Podiums: 8
Pole positions: 3
Fastest laps: 2
Points finishes: 15 out of 17 starts

Toni Elias was a worthy winner of the inaugural Moto2 World Championship, overcoming injury just before the start of the season to win more races than any other rider - despite being the only race victor with the Moriwaki chassis.

In many ways success for Elias provided credibility to the new class.

As a known talent - Elias has one MotoGP win and five other premier-class podiums to his credit - the smiling Spaniard proved that, even with engine and tyre equality in Moto2, the outcome is far from the lottery that some had predicted.

Instead it was a textbook mix of speed and consistency that rewarded Elias with his first ever world championship.

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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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