Jules Cluzel began his racing career in 2004 when he competed in the Honda CBR Junior Cup, finishing 3rd. In 2005 he came second in the 125cc French National Championship, and also made his World Championship debut as a wild-card rider in the French GP.
2006 was his first full season of 250cc GP racing onboard an Aprilia with the Italian Angaia Racing team. He snagged the 20th spot overall at season's end. 2007 saw him competing again with the same team onboard the same machinery, however he slipped to 21st in the final standings.
Cluzel stepped down to the 125cc class in 2008, but could not manage to improve his standings, so he returned once again to the 250s in 2009 to ride for the Matteoni Racing team. After a promising start to the season he was plagued by disaster resulting in seven DNFs. His second place podium in Qatar along with the points that followed for the races he finished were enough to land him in 12th place for the final standings.
In 2010 rode onboard a Suter for the Forward Racing team in the Moto2 class. A podium finish at the premier race in Losail, a third place podium at Silverstone and several more top tens for the season, Jules secured an impressive 6th place finish overall for the season. In 2011, Jules will continue with Forward Racing and a new teammate, Alex Baldolini.
Jules Cluzel #16 - Forward Racing
Born: October 12 , 1988
Jules Cluzel 2011 Moto2 Results
Announced as a new 4-stroke MotoGP World Championship class in 2010, Moto2 replaced the 250cc category. Moto2 is intended to be a prestigious yet cost-effective accompaniment to the premier class of MotoGP. Some of the key characteristics of this category of Grand Prix racing are a single engine supplier and a single tyre supplier. Honda Racing Corporation was chosen as the engine supplier, while Dunlop, currently present in the 125cc World Championships provide the tyres.
Moto2 technical specifications - in a nutshell
Powered by a one-make 600cc 4-stroke engine, producing around 150hp, the Moto2 class will continue the 250cc series' pursuit of developmental excellence with the running of a prototype chassis -free from limitation.
No production bike parts will be permitted for the frame, swing arm, fuel tank, seat or cowling, meaning that these aspects of the machine will be left to the manufacturer and designers' discretion.
Electronic systems will be more limited than those previously permitted in 250cc, which had seen select factories bringing in traction control in recent years. Moto2 rules will allow for data loggers, ECU and timing transponders supplied by the organiser, with a maximum total cost of the ECU's components set at 650 euros. No other electronic control, nor datalogging systems, will be present on the bikes.
Experience the excitement of the Premier Season of Moto2 Racing as Jules Cluzel rides to capture his first Moto2 Championship crown.