Mattia Pasini had a remarkable rookie season in 2004 with Lucio Cecchinello’s 125cc team, taking 15th overall. The youngster from Rimini exploded onto the Grand Prix scene after only two seasons in the 125cc European and Italian Championship during which he won several races. Prior to that, the fiery Italian incurred a serious injury during a motocross training session in 1998 and didn't race for the next two years. In 2001, the Italian made a proud comeback, taking fifth and third overall in the Italian and European Championships respectively.
In 2005 he joined the new Totti Top Sport team in 125cc, hoping to build on his strong first GP campaign, and reaffirmed his ability earning fourth place in the final standings. He again ended up fourth overall after six podium finishes and victories in Italy and Germany in 2006. In 2007 he was cursed by perhaps the worst bout of technical problems ever seen in the series, taking numerous pole positions but suffering from breakdowns with alarming regularity in the first few races of the year.
In 2008 he moved up to 250cc competition with the Polaris World Aprilia team securing four podiums in total. With Polaris World departing from the World Championship at the end of 2008, Pasini was recruited by Team Toth Aprilia for the 2009 campaign. That year, his five podiums – which included a win – were overshadowed by eight DNFs, and funding problems towards the end of the campaign.
Riding a TSR with the JIR Moto2 team in 2010, Pasini hoped to put aside the bad luck of recent years and maximize the potential he has managed to show through adversity. Unfortunately, with only two races finished as a result of an inordinate amount of DNF's and DNS's, Pasini could only muster 27th in the final standings for the season.
Ioda Racing Project still sees hope in the young racer, and has employed him to pilot one of their FTR's for 2011 alongside teammate Simone Corsi.
Mattia Pasini #75 - Ioda Racing Project
Born: August 13, 1985
Mattia Pasini 2011 Moto2 Results
Ioda Racing Project
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 season 2 of Moto2 Racing as Mattia Pasini rides to capture his first Moto2 Championship crown.