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"The 'spec two' chassis was a big improvement so the changes had worked. Phew! Yuki was almost three seconds quicker than before" - Herve Poncharal.

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February 16, 2010 1:23 PM

I can't believe they're running standard engines, how are they going to compare their times with other teams?

How do they know their chatter problems won't come back with a more powerful engine? (especially one that could be 30% up in horsepower)

In my experience, as soon as you add extra power you add extra handling problems

I reckon Herve might be sandbagging a little..

hayabusa - Unregistered

February 16, 2010 1:53 PM

"... All our technical guys have always said 'We can design. We have the knowledge and we have the ideas, but we can never use them'.
“So I said 'This is your chance Moto2 is your mission. Show us what you can do'.”

This is the kind of boss I'd like to work for!


February 16, 2010 1:59 PM

@Monster I believe all the teams are running either standard or WSS engines. I get the point you are making but i would think they may well of had some help in the engine department from Yamaha.Don't take what i say as gospel it just seems to be an obvious move to me.


February 16, 2010 2:20 PM


Yes I think you could be right, if Yamaha are helping them engine wise then they would be keeping pretty quiet about it!!

A more obvious thing to do would be to lease or have built up a WSS motor for the duration of the tests

A good engine would have to be within about 10 horsepower of the up coming Moto2 engine

And Herve's "unreliability" reason for not using a WSS engine is a bit unbelievable, how often do Honda WSS engines sh*t themselves?

Call me a cynic but I feel Herve's not showing ANY of his cards!

Matt - Unregistered

February 16, 2010 2:35 PM

Herve said in previous interviews that they use a stock 600rr engine because A) it's cheaper, B) won't require rebuilds as often as a fully built up and tuned WSS engine.

His viewpoint is that it's just for testing purposes since they don't have the official engine yet so there's no reason to spend money on something that ultimately won't be used anyway.

I tend to agree with that. I look forward to seeing what they can accomplish in 2010. Also great to see that Takahashi landed somewhere nice.

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