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Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

moto2_motegiStarting this weekend in Japan, the Moto2 series kicks it into high gear. In just 6 weeks, the Moto2 riders will have 5 races to finish up their 2010 season.

Toni Elias is the current season leader, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be giving up that title anytime soon. Elias had a rare slip-up at Aragon, finishing off the podium for the first time in 5 races, but he still maintains a 76 point lead over Julian Simon.

“We go to a circuit I love and I would be delighted to win the race for Moriwaki at their home grand prix,” Elias said. “We know it won’t be easy because Moto2 is a very unpredictable class and we have to hope that we get the luck where we need it to be amongst the frontrunners again.”

Simon has a long way to go if he wants to catch up with Elias before the end of the season, but in the meantime, he is in a dogfight for second place with Andrea Iannone. The two are separated by just four points heading into the Moto2 race at Motegi.

“It is very positive that we are going into the flyaway races lying second in the championship,” Simon said. “Little by little we are picking up experience and getting a better feel for the bike.”

Thomas Luthi and Simone Corsi are also sure to be entangled in the battle for second within the next 5 races.

The Motegi event will also feature a special presentation for Shoya Tomizawa, the Moto2 rider who died during a crash a few weeks ago. Tomizawa’s family will receive the Michel Metraux award, an award that is voted on by the Moto2 riders.

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