After a very long wait, the official Moto2 engines have finally been delivered to the Moto2 teams. The teams, assembled at Valencia for testing over the next three days, have had to wait for the engines since November last year, but reliability issues have prevented Honda from supplying them to the teams earlier.
Each rider has been issued with one engine, assigned at random by IRTA officials, which they will have to make last for the upcoming two official IRTA tests and the first three races of the season. The engines are numbered and marked, the numbers unrelated to the numbers the riders use, though Andrea Iannone of the Speed Up team will be using engine number 73, the reverse of the number he will be running on his FTR Moto2 bike this season.
With the engines now being fitted into the chassis, the riders and teams are preparing for tomorrow's test. And for once, the weather gods appear to have looked kindly on the Moto2 class, for though the northern part of the Iberian peninsula has just been lashed by storms, the weather at Cheste looks like being largely dry and relatively warm for all three days, with rain forecast to fall only when the bikes aren't on track.
The arrival of the official Moto2 engines will be warmly welcomed not just by riders and teams, but also by the many people running fantasy leagues around the world. So far, the data which has come from the Moto2 test has been incredibly difficult to interpret, as each team has chosen a different level of engine tune to test their chassis. With everyone using the same engine from tomorrow, we should find out just where each team really stands, and which of the 13 different chassis manufacturers got it right, or more importantly, got it wrong.