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Moto2 bikes take to the track.

Moto2 bikes built by LaGlisse and BQR have taken part in practice and qualifying for the CEV 1000cc Extreme (Superbike) event at Albacete.

Moto2 machines, which feature 600cc four-stroke engines and a prototype chassis, were originally expected to replace 250GP from 2011, but a 2010 debut was 'announced' during last weekend's Qatar Grand Prix. Next season thus looks set to be a transition year, with both types of machine on the grid.

By putting the Moto2 machines on track in officially timed sessions, against known rivals, Dorna - which promotes both MotoGP and CEV (Spanish Championship) - is trying to gauge how fast the Moto2 bikes will be relative to 250GP competition.

In Albacete qualifying, the Moto2s beat everyone except the Extreme front row of Ivan Silva (Kawasaki), Carmelo Morales (Yamaha), Kenny Noyes (Kawasaki) and Javier del Amor (Yamaha).

LaGlisse Yamaha rider Angel Rodriquez claimed fifth place, 1.344sec from Silva, with BQR (Blusens) Honda's Daniel Rivas just 0.091sec slower.

To put those times into perspective, at the three tracks where both CEV Extreme and 250GP race - Catalunya, Jerez and Valencia - the Extreme bikes are generally around one second a lap faster than 250GP.

The two Moto2s were using Dunlop tyres - as are most CEV frontrunners, with the exception of Silva and Noyes, who are on Michelins. The present 250cc World Championship grid all use Dunlop tyres, although it is not a single-tyre class.

It was recently announced that Moto2 will be a single-engine class, with powerplants supplied by a to-be-announced manufacturer.

At least one or other of the Moto2 bikes on track at Albacete will thus have to accommodate a new engine before next season - both if the rumours of a Kawasaki supply are confirmed - although the inline four-cylinder format (as used by the Supersport road-based engines in the BQR and LaGlisse Moto2s) is expected to remain.

The Moto2 machines will not race at Albacete.

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AvTech37 - Unregistered

April 18, 2009 9:05 PM

What a waste. Someone please explain to Dorna what GP racing is! I know many out there will dissagree with me but this proposal is not a formula to capture the imagination. A single 'control' engine formula sucks. On the other hand, imagine works twin cylinder 400's revving to goodness knows what (half the 800's) - that's different and sets the imagination going. Equally, single cylinder 200 (250?) 4 strokes - remember the supermono's......brilliant racing and potentally not too expensive. It doesn't have to be a 4 cylinder to be good!

zydon - Unregistered

April 19, 2009 3:07 AM

For me, 2-stroke were more cost effective in GP racing. Furthermore, most of ex-250cc migrated to motogp had higher skills in controlling the bike and learning process were shorten. They've even better race craft than SBK riders since 800cc has higher corner speed to the traditional 500cc. Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner just a few of 2-stroke riders that had to adapt the complexity of the premier class machine, yet still able to wins sum of races more than ex-SBK riders. Mind you, 250cc don't have such a rider aids or electronics that most SBK bikes had nowadays.

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