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Friday feeling good for Moto2 teams

Friday feeling good for Moto2 teams

An extra day of testing at Valencia on Friday allowed teams to gain further track time.

Initially intended as a two-day test for the developing Moto2 bikes ahead of the new category’s first season in 2010, a third day was completed on Friday at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.

Interest in the FTR Moto M209 grew as three more riders tried the bike out on Friday. The last three 125cc World Champions – Julián Simón (2009), Mike di Meglio (2008) and Gabor Talmacsi (2007) – all rode the M209, joining Karel Abraham (Cardion AB) who tested it on Thursday.

FTR director Steve Bones said, “What we have now is very much a prototype and has been built primarily for research and development purposes. At present we have around 30 improvements – some major and some minor – in progress for next year’s race machine.”

Mapfre Aspar team-mates Simón and Di Meglio added the M209 to the bikes they have tested over the three days on Friday, having ridden the BQR and Pons Kalex machines on the previous two days. Abraham also tested the Pons Kalex bike at Valencia this week, as did Hector Faubel.

Axel Pons and Sergio Gadea gave positive feedback on the Pons Kalex prototype, which they concluded testing on Thursday.

“I’ve been feeling physically stronger each time I’ve been out on track,” said Pons, who had an operation to remove pins from his legs just two weeks ago. “I have noticed that I’ve been making progress, and I think I managed a very acceptable time (1’38.7 on Thursday) given that this is only the second time on this track with the bike.”

Gadea, whose best time was a turn of 1’39.2, said, “I found a good feeling with the bike and I’m very happy to have had this opportunity. The bike’s easier to ride than I thought, and I’ve realised how high the technical standard of this team is.”

Team manager Sito Pons was pleased with how the test went, and commented, “All the riders have given us a very satisfactory response, which has given us a clear idea that the development of the bike is going well. There is still work to do as this is only the second outing of the bike, and Almeria will allow us to do this.”

Both Pons and Gadea will test the machine again at Almeria from December 14-15, whilst testing of the FTR M209 is also expected to take place at the circuit next week.

250cc, 2009

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