The Moto2 bikes concluded their second day of testing at Valencia on Thursday, but it will not be their last, as originally planned. A number of teams will be staying on at the Spanish track for one more day of testing, taking advantage of the excellent weather currently favoring Spain's Mediterranean coast.
The Aspar team continued to test the BQR bike, trying out Ohlins suspension on the bike in place of the Showa units Julian Simon tested yesterday. Towards the end of the day, the Aspar team borrowed the Pons team's Kalex machine, with both Simon and teammate Mike di Meglio running a short test to get a feel for the bike. Di Meglio had spent most of the day on a Yamaha World Supersport-spec bike, just to get used to riding a four stroke.
Di Meglio wasn't the only rider out on World Supersport equipment. Ant West continued on the MZ, in reality the rebadged Stiggy Honda CBR600RR the Australian campaigned with limited success in the World Supersport series, while two genuine World Supersport contenders - Kenan Sofuoglu and his brand new teammate Michele Pirro - circulated on the Ten Kate Honda Supersport machines. Both the Ten Kate's were over a second faster than West, Sofuoglu running a 1'36.1 and Pirro a 1'36.4.
Behind West, Roberto Rolfo tested the Suter machine for the Italtrans STR team which will field both Rolfo and the Venezuelan Robertino Pietri, but this, too, bears little resemblance to a final Moto2 bike. The Suter is the machine campaigned in the Spanish CEV Moto2 championship, and has a Yamaha R6 Supersport or near Supersport-spec engine in it. The chassis will have to be marginally different once the Honda standard engine units arrive, though power outputs should be broadly similar.
The times shown below are taken from the Italian website Motosprint, but a trawl through a number of Spanish and Italian sites will throw up a host of differing times. Interpreting Moto2 is currently still at the stage of Kremlinology, deciphering times and trying to put them into some kind of realistic context. That will likely only happen once the standard Honda engine and the standard Dunlop tires arrive in March.
List of very provisional times, courtesy of Motosprint:
|4||Mike di Meglio||BQR||1'38.3|
|6||Raffaele de Rosa||Tech3||1'39.2|