Herve Poncharal has warned against reading too much into lap times from the forthcoming Moto2 test at Valencia, to be held on Wednesday and Thursday.
The test will mark the first time that many of the new designs have been on track together - and everyone interested in the series will naturally be looking to see who comes out on top.
However Poncharal - whose Tech 3 Moto2 chassis will be making its first 'proper' track appearance at the test - believes people shouldn't take the lap times at face value.
The main reason for caution is that, since the official Honda-built Moto2 engine will not be ready until early next year, teams are currently using 600cc engines of varying specification and performance.
“The official Moto2 engine, provided by the championship, will use pump fuel and have a lot of things different to a Supersport race engine,” Poncharal told Crash.net
“But I think at the moment some Moto2 teams are using Supersport-based engines and some others, like we will do, are using a CBR engine with a HRC kit - that you can buy at any shop - and pump fuel.
“According to experts that work with 600cc engines, and especially CBR engines, this could mean a difference of as much as 15 horsepower.
“Our engine should be around 115-120 horsepower. Clearly less powerful than some others, but the main thing is to have a reliable engine while we prepare the chassis.
“So I don't think we should focus too much on the lap times, because nobody knows exactly which type of engine everyone is running.”