The transition from 250cc two strokes to 600cc four-stroke Moto2 bikes has been nowhere near as smooth as the move from 500cc two-stroke GP bikes to the 990cc MotoGP machines. The main culprit for the difficulty is a question of semantics, and arguments about how to define production racing. To avoid a confrontation between Infront Motor Sports, who run the World Superbike series, and Dorna, who run MotoGP, a decision has been made to make the series a single engine manufacturer series, getting round the problem of production engines altogether. Hopefully.
But while Dorna and the Grand Prix Commission examine the practicalities of the series, in the Spanish Championship (the CEV, coincidentally - or perhaps not - also run by Dorna), the Moto2 bikes have already taken to the track in anger. The LaGlisse YM2, based on a Yamaha R6, and the Blusens BQR bike, using a Honda CBR600RR powerplant, both took part in qualifying for the Formula Extreme race - a class most akin to Superstock 1000 - at the CEV season opener at Albacete, and acquitted themselves highly respectably. The LaGlisse YM2 qualified in 5th, just over 1.3 seconds off Ivan Silva's pole time, set using a Kawasaki ZX10R, while the Blusens bike set the 6th fastest time just a tenth slower than the LaGlisse bike.
The bikes did not take part in today's race, as they were not eligible, and with only two bikes currently entered, they are a long way away from having a full enough grid to organize a race. But according to Dennis Noyes, whose son Kenny races in the series, the pace they were setting is roughly comparable to the times a 250cc Grand Prix bike would set around the circuit. Considering that development has only just started on the machines, the bikes should be easily capable of beating the existing Aprilia 250s if they are introduced a year ahead of schedule in a joint 250/Moto2 championship.
As they stand, though, the bikes will not be eligible for the class. With a spec engine supplier yet to be appointed, both LaGlisse and BQR have based their bikes on existing production engines, an option the Flammini brothers will not allow to stand. What's more the LaGlisse YM2 will be setting off plenty of alarm bells at Infront Motor Sports' headquarters: the profile and fairing are almost indistinguishable from the standard Yamaha R6 parts, which both violates the existing rules (which specify that both chassis and bodywork must be prototype) and goes against the IMS monopoly on racing production motorcycles.
The two bikes are shown below. The black #47 bike is the LaGlisse YM2 machine, while the blue and white #7 bike is the Blusens BQR Moto2 machine. More photos can be found on the official website for the Spanish CEV championship.
Photos courtesy of http://www.cevbuckler.com/