Alex Marquez, preparing for his fifth season in Moto2 with Marc VDS, also singled out torque as having a big impact on riding style.

"The torque of this bike is much, much more than the Honda engine. So the riding style has changed a lot," said Marquez, who has previously tested a MotoGP bike.

"It’s nice because it's like more MotoGP style: Try to stop the bike, square the corner, but then also think about the exit.

"I need to improve more because I've been in Moto2 for many years with the Honda engine, so I have some problems to change, but step-by-step we are doing quite well.

"In the end I think it will be better for everybody - and for the Moto2 category - to have this new riding style. I think everyone has a smile on their face."

New team-mate Xavi Vierge was certainly one of those smiling.

"It feels very good. It's a nice challenge. The engine is amazing. The torque is unbelievable. I feel too much power from the middle of the corner to the exit and it's a nice change," he said.

"With the Honda engine everybody found a lot of corner speed. With this bike it's a little bit different. We need to adapt the riding style more like MotoGP. Brake, try to stop in the middle of the corner a bit more, to take profit from the engine on the exit."

But surprisingly, given the larger engine and boost in torque, Vierge - like Lowes - found powerslides more difficult.

"With this bike I feel more grip on the rear, so it's not easy to spin a lot," said Vierge.

"The feeling at the minute is that it's harder to turn the bike from the rear," said Lowes. "We need to understand that a bit more."

Part of the issue could be setting up of the new electronics package, which allows different torque maps, engine braking and launch control for the first time in Moto2.

Although the features are based on the same Magneti Marelli system used in MotoGP, the range of options allowed for Moto2 are currently very limited.

"I think they will open the map options more step-by-step," Marquez said. "Especially the engine brake they need to open a little bit more because the options we have now are so limited and you cannot play a lot."

"As Alex says, at the beginning it's quite closed and we cannot manage a lot of things," agreed Vierge. "We had only three settings for engine brake and three for engine maps, but all day I stayed more-or-less with the same one."

"The electronics are interesting, but for sure it's far from the possibilities in the MotoGP class," Luthi said. "From one side I'm happy about that, because MotoGP's getting so complicated and with that expensive.

"But it's nice to have something more to play with in Moto2. I expect or I hope that [the electronics] will get more open from the rules side, to show also the potential of the teams. I think this would be nice."

"It'll allow you to do more and it'll allow you to mess up more, because you've got more variables," Lowes said. "But that's alright, that's where you need a good team, good people who are smart."

Overall, Luthi feels it's been a promising start for the revamped category.

"It's very impressive that this new project is at quite a high level already. The pack is quite competitive, the times are close. It's impressive and shows that many teams are working very professionally."

But what about the rookies, who are jumping straight to the Triumph engine from a 250cc Moto3 machine, without any prior experience of the 600cc Moto2 class?

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