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Poncharal wary of Moto2 lap times.

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

“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.”

Tagged as: moto2 , Tech 3 , Valencia test

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Oli - Unregistered

December 08, 2009 9:43 PM

@AvTech37 It is still Grand Prix racing and it is the future of privateer grand prix racing. Gone are the days of Elf, KR, Harris etc building there own 500s. And from the factory's it is much harder, 15 years ago you could have leased an NSR500 direct from HRC was relatively little, hence there were about 20 of them. Now you need megabucks to get an RCV and there's only a handful to go round. Motorsport cannot keep relying solely on factory teams. Kawasaki have already jumped.... what are the heads at Suzuki thinking right now? Worth the investment? Moto2 is a platform for the little guy. IMHO that is way better than the RS250 Cup, even though I will miss the smell. Oli

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