Kenny Noyes Joins Team JiR At Aragon

American dirt-tracker-turned-roadracer will stand in for injured Japanese Moto2 rider.

Kenny Noyes race action shot

American Kenny Noyes will replace injured Tetsuta Nagashima on the Teluru Team JiR Webike Moto2 entry this weekend at Motorland Aragon. The 22-year-old Nagashima crashed while practicing for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, fracturing his right hip, tibia, and fibula. He also dislocated his right shoulder and injured his elbow.

Noyes, 35, is currently third in Superbike points, just three markers out of the championship lead, in the FIM CEV Repsol International Championship riding a Palmeto PL Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R on Michelin slicks. The JiR machine uses a Japanese TSR (Technical Sports Racing) chassis and Öhlins suspension. Dunlop supplies the tires for the Moto2 class.

“This opportunity came as a complete surprise,” Noyes said. “It will be fun to get back out there on a Moto2 machine and see how it feels after a year and a half on a Superbike. Motorland is a tough technical track but I won my last two races there, so I think we can have a good race if I can get used to the Moto2 again quickly.”

Noyes last competed in the Moto2 world championship in 2011. He won pole at Le Mans in 2010, and his best finish in the series was fifth at Valencia in 2011. Noyes' dirt-track school, Noyes Camp, is located adjacent to the 3.32-mile Motorland circuit in the Aragonese autonomous community of Spain.

“Kenny already has experience in the Moto2 class,” Teluru Team JiR Webike team principal Gianluca Montiron said, “and now he’s challenging for the title in the Spanish Superbike championship. We welcome his experience, as he knows well the track and the competition level of the Moto2 class.”

Federico Caricasulo replaced Nagashima two weeks ago at Misano. The 18-year-old Italian Supersport championship leader qualified 34th and finished 28th in the race, which was won by title front-runner Tito Rabat.

Sunday’s Moto2 race is scheduled for 21 laps. Practice begins Friday.