The morning after the conclusion of the 2010 grand prix season, motorcycles were back on track at Valencia as the Moto2 riders took part in a day of testing at the Spanish circuit.

The test saw new riders make their debut in the class - such as 2010 MotoGP riders Mika Kallio (Marc VDS) and Aleix Espargaro (Pons Kalex), former World Superbike winner Max Neukirchner (MZ), plus 125cc stars Pol Espargaro (Tuenti) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3) - while some of those confirmed as switching teams also got the chance to try their revised machinery.

Unsurprisingly, it was a familiar Moto2 name that led the way with 2010 title runner-up Julian Simon fastest for Aspar Suter. The Spaniard's time of 1min 36.7sec was matched by Moto2 winner Stefan Bradl, who was riding a Pons Kalex rather than Suter chassis.

Marc VDS rider Scott Redding put an early version of the 2011 Suter into third place, two tenths from the top, with new team-mate Kallio recording a 1min 39.9sec after his first 77 Moto2 laps.

Among the rest, new Gresini riders Yuki Takahashi and Michele Pirro set a best of 1min 37.0sec and 1min 37.6sec respectively, with the new Tech 3 line-up of Mike di Meglio and Bradley Smith recorded at 1min 38.3sec and 1min 38.7sec.

Tech 3 had a special test rider on hand today in the form of its MotoGP star Colin Edwards. Edwards, who worked mainly on spring rates, set a 1min 38.7sec.

A two-day MotoGP test at Valencia, when Valentino Rossi will make his Ducati debut and Casey Stoner his first appearance on a factory Honda, starts tomorrow (Tuesday).



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