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Valencia displays the first measure of the Moto2 class

Valencia displays the first measure of the Moto2 class

A strong group of title contenders is established following the conclusion of the first official Moto2/125cc test at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, where Simón sets the top time and is followed by Noyes and Elías.

The first test with the official Honda engines that the Moto2 riders and teams will use for the debut season of the new intermediate class this year finished on Wednesday, with Mapfre Aspar rider Julián Simón the fastest rider across all three days. The Spaniard was part of a group who put themselves forward as early favourites before the start of the season, amongst them former MotoGP riders Toni Elías, Alex de Angelis and Yuki Takahashi, along with a range of others.

125cc World Champion Simón’s best time of 1’37.156, set on Tuesday, remained intact after bad weather conditions on Wednesday led to a low level of activity on the track, proving he is ready for the step up and leaving the circuit very pleased.

“We have done a lot of work and made many modifications to the chassis,” said Simón. “I’m very satisfied with the work we’ve completed here and now I’m looking forward to going to Jerez and riding on another track. But you can already see that the Championship will be very competitive and equal.”

American rider Kenny Noyes (Jack&Jones by A. Banderas) also impressed and was amongst the most productive at the Valencia track in terms of laps completed. He found times and a race pace that are already very competitive, placing second fastest overall across the whole test.

Elías (Gresini Racing) set the quickest time on the first day and was third overall as he stated his intentions for the season, and another rider to make an impact was Claudio Corti (Forward Racing). Although slightly affected by a leg injury which has not yet fully recovered, the Italian was consistently in and around the top times every time the riders took to the track. Corti, at fourth fastest of the test, was the only rider with a Suter chassis inside the top ten.

Tech3 Racing rider Takahashi was consistently in the top five times throughout the test and rode on Wednesday, as did De Angelis (Scot Racing) – who only started work on Tuesday. He improved his time in the late session on Wednesday (and was the quickest rider of the day) to become the sixth and final rider to make it under the 1’38” mark in the test.

Vladimir Ivanov (Gresini Racing) was another rider to do well, despite two crashes in the first two days which cut short his test leaving him seventh fastest overall. Other riders leaving the test on a positive note include Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Racing), Yonny Hérnandez (Blusens-STX) and Fonsi Nieto (G22 HolidayGym) who completed the top-ten overall times.

Those riders who took advantage of the reduced field on Wednesday to continue their work included Gabor Talmacsi (Fimmco Speed Up) who was over a second off Simón’s pace, as well as Sergio Gadea (Pons Racing) with both joining De Angelis, Elías and Takahashi inside the top fives time of the day.

Click here to see the full results.

The Moto2 riders will return to action for the second official Moto2/125cc test at Jerez, scheduled for March 6-8.

Moto2, 2010

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