The Tech 3 Moto2 bike made its on-track debut yesterday, at the Ledonon circuit in the south of France. French youngster Florian Marino took the bike out for its shakedown test, to make sure that everything was working correctly prior to the bike's official debut at the Moto2 tests at Valencia next week. The test was a success, in both positive and negative terms, as the bike performed well, until the test was cut short by electrical problems. But this kind of issue is exactly what a shakedown test is meant to reveal.
After the test, the French magazine Sport Bikes spoke to Marino about what he thought of the bike, and how it compared to both the 125s and the Superstock 600 the Frenchman had ridden this season. "This bike is very agile and very light at 140kg, and it feels more like a 125 than a 600," Marino told Sport Bikes. "Because the chassis is so rigid, you can run into corners really fast."
Luckily for those eager for news of the Moto2 class, video has already turned up on Youtube of the bike's first outing complete with fairing, seat and tank. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given that the Tech 3 team have been running Yamaha MotoGP bikes for the last few years, the Tech 3 Moto2 machine bears a striking resemblance to the M1. Judge for yourself in the video below: