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Moto2: Pirro, Takahashi to defend Gresini crown

2010 Moto2 champions Gresini reveals an all-new line-up for next season in the shape of World Supersport stand-out Michele Pirro and Moto2 race winner Yuki Takahashi.
Team Gresini has announced that Michele Pirro and Yuki Takahashi will be charged with defending its Moto2 crown next season after confirming an all-new rider line-up.

Gresini earned itself a bit of history this year by becoming the first winner of the newly-formed 600cc series with Toni Elias.

However, with the Spaniard since securing a return to MotoGP with LCR Honda, Gresini will take on a new pairing in Pirro and Takahashi, the former following in the footsteps of Kenan Sofuoglu in switching from the Ten Kate Honda World Supersport team, while the latter joins from the Tech 3 Moto2 outfit.

Though classed as a rookie, Pirro did make his Moto2 debut with Gresini in 2010 during a one-off outing at Motorland Aragon where he finished 14th having qualified eighth. He was also a winner during his second season of WSS racing this season on the way to fifth overall.

Former MotoGP racer Takahashi, meanwhile, will look to build on a patchy Moto2 season in which he did record a victory in Barcelona before his form tailed off during the second-half of the year. He eventually ended the season 12th overall.

As well as Elias, Pirro and Takahashi will also replace Ukrainian Vladimir Ivanov, who scored just two points this season.

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 1:03 PM

Presumably Ten Kate are not running WSS next year. I have heard it is now more expensive to run WSS than Moto2 in which case this years thin WSS grid will probably be thread bare next year. I want the new privateer 1000's to be a success in MotoGP, but not if they end up cheaper and drain WSB of privateer teams.

Plaggie - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 11:33 AM

I didn't expect Takahashi to go with Elias, but I did thought he would be right up there with Simon, Iannone en Luthi. He had a very experienced team behind him. His victory in Catalunya has been good (although given by Iannone) and also second at Brno, but especially the last couple of races were crappy ones! I'm a fan and happy he will take the Gresini seat. He must improve massively in 2011. Pirro will fit as the second rider I think. Wouldn't have been bad if he stayed for at least another season in WSS, but maybe it will work out good.

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