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Moto2: Wargala takes Nieto's place at G22

Lukasz Wargala brings Poland back to grand prix racing after being confirmed as G22's second rider for the 2011 Moto2 season.
Lukasz Wargala will become the first Polish rider to compete in the grand prix world championship for nearly 40 years after being named as the replacement for Fonsi Nieto at G22 Racing.

Wargala has spent two seasons racing in the German-based IDM Superbike series, but will now assume the position vacated by Nieto, who last week announced his retirement from motorcycle racing due to a series of ongoing injuries.

In joining the Moto2 ranks – alongside Raffaele De Rosa -, Wargala will become the first Pole to compete in grand prix racing since Ryszard Mankiewicz, who also scored a podium at the 1969 125cc Yugoslavian Grand Prix. Notably, team owner Angel Nieto would go on to race Mankiewicz into the early 1970s.

Having had his first taste of Moriwaki machinery at the Valencia three-day test, Wargala is looking forward to getting the season started now.

“I am very happy to be the first Polish rider in the Grand Prix World Championship in almost 40 years,” Wargala said. “It is a great honour - and while I will do my best to make the Polish fans proud, it is also a great challenge and I am under no illusion of the task ahead.

“Moto2 and MotoGP are the highest levels of motorcycle racing and to do well, you must know the circuits and have a very good understanding of the bike. That is why I want to focus on learning during this season and I believe it won't be my last. Luckily with Pablo, Gelete and the whole G22 Racing Team I have a fantastic crew around me as well as a winning bike.”

Tagged as: Nieto , g22 , lukasz wargala , fonsi , angel

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 10:49 PM

Selor - most of the riders in Moto2 are paying riders in the sense that they have to bring a lot of money to the team by bringing sponsors with them. Interview with Roger Lee Hayden on Superbikeplanet recently where he said he had offers from Moto2 conditional on bringing 300,000 Euros. Unfortunately for him he was not able to raise that. It is the way motorsport is nowadays - you still also need a great deal of talent. Before last season started I expected a fair number of riders would fail to meet the 107% qualifying cutoff, but that didn't happen and the times were unbeleivably close. We will soon see if he has talent - good luck to him!

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