Preparations for the new Moto2 World Championship, which will replace the 250cc World Championship from 2010, continued at round three of the Spanish CEV Championship at Valencia on Sunday.
Prototype Moto2 bikes (powered by Honda and Yamaha Supersport engines) had been allowed to race alongside 1000cc Formula Extreme bikes at the previous Jerez round, when BQR Honda rider Daniel Rivas put in a fastest race lap of 1min 43.3sec - equaling the best set by Alvaro Bautista in the Spanish 250GP a month earlier - on his way to seventh.
At the Valencia round, Aleix Espargaro led the Moto2 challenge with fifth on the grid for Yamaha Spain - with a time 0.227sec under Marco Simoncelli's 250cc pole in last October's 250GP - then held that position in the race. Espargaro's fastest race lap was a 1min 36.419sec, 0.529sec behind Mika Kallio's best at last year's GP.
Making his debut in the class, former MotoGP and WSBK rider Roberto Rolfo was the next best Moto2 with seventh place for Laglisse Yamaha. Rivas retired with a technical problem and Dani Arcas (AJR) placed 13th.
Meanwhile Dunlop, having been awarded a three-year contract to be the exclusive tyre supplier for Moto2, is also refining its future product by working closely with the BQR and Laglisse teams.
As part of that process, July 30-31 will see the Laglisse team in France at the Goodyear Dunlop test facilities, whilst BQR are scheduled to test at Brno on August 17th.
Of the 47 teams, representing 91 riders, that submitted valid applications for next year's championship, 27 teams have now been offered a provisional entry. These include nearly all the existing 250GP teams, and several of the independent MotoGP teams.
The new Moto2 class will feature identical 600cc four-stroke engines, to be provided by Honda and governed by a standard electronic system with a 16,000 rpm limit, which will be supplied to the teams by Dorna.
Whilst the engine and gearbox are standardised, chassis are free with development being actively encouraged of prototype frames and swingarms within the overall regulatory framework.
The wheel sizes for Moto2 bikes will also be standardised - 3.75” x 17” front and 6.00” x 17” rear, and the quantity and specifications of slick and wet tyres will be limited with the objectives of close racing and equal treatment for all competitors.