Moto2 Bikes On Show At Montmelo
There was another opportunity to see some developing Moto2 prototypes in action over the past weekend, with the 2009 CEV Buckler (Spanish National Championship) visiting the Catalunya circuit at Montmeló.
Several teams are developing the machines ahead of the 2010 season, which will see Moto2 replace the 250cc competition as the intermediate category of the World Championship, and the 20,000 fans at the Barcelona track had plenty of Moto2 action to enjoy.
Six of the 600cc 4-stroke machines were involved at the weekend, with Aleix Espargaró (Promoracing), Xavier Forés (Siemens Gigaset LaGlisse), Dani Rivas and Shuhei Aoyama (Blusens BQR), Diego Lozano (Joey Darcey) and Dani Arcas (AJR La Selva), all showing up, although Arcas was unable to participate in Sunday’s Fórmula Extreme/Moto2 race after a technical problem during qualifying damaged his bike.
The remaining five Moto2 competitors gave it 100% once the racing commenced, although Catalunya’s long straight disadvantaged the developing prototypes against the Extreme machines due to the top speed difference which still exists between the bikes.
Xavier Forés had a good debut on his LaGlisse YM2, battling with Rivas throughout the race and eventually beating him to tenth place (the best of the Moto2 riders on track) by a fraction of a second.
In his first appearance since the announcement of his permanent move into MotoGP with Pramac Racing in 2010, Espargaró finished the race in 13th place. Restricted by some mechanical problems Shuhei Aoyama crossed the line 17th, whilst Diego Lozano suffered a DNF as he debuted the Joey Darcey FTR.