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Moto2: Morales replaces de Rosa at G22

Carmelo Morales secures a Moto2 World Championship ride with Pablo and Gelete Nieto's G22 team in place of Raffaele de Rosa.
Carmelo Morales will make his full-time Moto2 World Championship debut at the Catalunya Grand Prix after it was confirmed he would be replacing Raffaele de Rosa at Desguaces La Torre G22.

The Spaniard, who is currently leading the CEV Moto2 Championship, started three world series Moto2 races in 2010, though he is probably best remembered for his spectacular finish line accident in Barcelona last season, when he touched wheels with Kenny Noyes on the run to the chequered flag.

Morales, who has also been testing Suter's BMW-engined 'Moto1' prototype, made his debut for the team during this week's test at Motorland Aragon and replaces de Rosa, who has failed to score during the opening four rounds.

“Carmelo made a great impression across these two days,” said team director Pablo Nieto. “He's a very fast rider, as proven by the titles he has won in different categories of the Spanish National Championship.”

“We had no problem with Raffaele, it's an unforeseen situation and we'll do all we can in order to help him find a team.”

Nieto's G22 team has endured a troubled 2011 season following the announcement that Fonsi Nieto was to retire from professional competition shortly before the start of the season, while his replacement Lukasz Wargala did not compete at the previous Le Mans round after failing to qualify in Portugal.

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Oli - Unregistered

May 27, 2011 9:47 PM

@Heyhuub I noticed last year there were a few - de Rosa, di Meglio, Pasini of course, who had a run in late summer 2009 and was impressively fast testing the Ducati MotoGP bike. Very promising 250 riders, looking like the ones most likely to take over the mantle of Sic, Bautista, Aoyama & Barbara. But (except Pasini's 6th place in Qatar) they were no where. Completely nowhere. Then we had guys like Robbie Rolfo, a washed up ex GP racer whose career had plummeted to the back end of the WSB grid - suddenly getting rostrums and wins! Unlucky in a sense. I suspect if we'd stayed with 250s these guys would be "the next big thing", currently taking all the wins and glory. But you have to win on what you ride, and sadly, their careers are looking like they're running out of time.

Heyhuub - Unregistered

May 27, 2011 4:05 PM

This just baffles me. De Rosa looked very promising on the 250, but just can't get to grips with the 600. The same pretty much goes for someone like Mike Dimeglio, who had a very strong debut on the 250 but was, and still is lucky to score points these days.

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