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Old 02-19-2010, 05:11 AM   #1
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Ryder Notes: Red Light District
by julian ryder
Thursday, February 18, 2010
A decent day's weather here at Catalunya gave us the first good look at Moto2—and it was s-l-o-w. Okay they haven't got the spec motor yet, but Stefan Bradl is currently slower than he was last year on his 125 (51.4 versus 52.0).

There were also a lot of crashes, the red light was on ten times (well, it seemed like it). Scott Redding got his first and last runs in as planned, all the rest were interrupted by red lights.

Fastest today was Japanese teenager Tomizawa with 1:49.5, Jules Cluzel was next with 1:49.6.

The 250 absolute lap record is 1:.45.0—an astonishing effort from Jorge Lorenzo back in '07, the best race lap was de Angelis in the same year with 45.9. Last year's pole was 1:46.7 by Hector Barbera.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:27 AM   #2
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Speed will come. These kids are riding much heavier machinery than the previous season. Most are running stock rr motors, too. There's no reason to think that the times would be faster at this stage. Hell, all these kids are in set-up mode. To practice for speed at this point is pointless.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:00 PM   #3
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BRING BACK THE 2STROKES! And don't listen Ace he has no idea what he's talking about.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:23 PM   #4
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When the proprietary motors are delivered they will equal the times of the 250s after the second test. Biggest thing is getting these 120lb kids used to racing bikes that weigh 330lbs.
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Real race bikes dont weight 330lbs. Will be interesting how it shapes up, Iam sure they will be faster in the long run just like the 990's were.

So let's talk about cost now,...4 vs 2,...
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I believe that the rules will keep the spec motor affordable. It's the development of the chasis that's in question. As more teams try to break into Moto2 the options will widen. Looks like there are only 4-6 frame variations right now, but if Bimota, MZ, Malaguti and a few others watch this season take shape it's possible that we could see as many as 10-15 different frame variations come to light by 2012.
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:06 PM   #7
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What was the purpose of the rule change? Make it more difficult for kids to afford to race?
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I would tend to think its much cheaper to race a two stroke than a four stroke at that level. Hell look at the Motocross bikes, Yamaha says you have to tear it down to the crank after ten hours. And thats recommended for even a club racer.
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"Scott Redding got his first and last runs in as planned, all the rest were interrupted by red lights."

I got a bunch of records by his brother Otis.
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Cool They have arrived,....

motogp.com provides images of the engines which the prototypes of the new intermediate category are fitted with as of today.
The 40 riders who will take part in the Moto2 category are today testing the new engines they will use in the inaugural season of the competition – the 600cc Honda engines prepared by Geo Technology – which were delivered to teams on Saturday.

The process of delivery of the engines was made by a random allocation, in which each team was assigned one of the 44 engines brought to the official Valencia test by Geo Technology. The Swiss firm, led by Osamu Goto, a respected engineer and designer who worked for Honda and Ferrari in F1, will be in charge of the preparations and maintenance of the new 600cc Moto2 engines.

Goto commented that the emphasis in the process of preparing the engines has primarily been on searching for power, reliability and stable performance, thus ensuring technical equality. He said: “The teams can work to adjust the injection, depending on the air intake or outlet they use, but if they follow the directions of HRC the variations of power between one engine and another will be minimal.”

According to the Japanese engineer: “The engines will be reviewed every 1500km, approximately every three races. Its performance should be stable over this time, but it also depends on the strategies used by the teams, and how they treat the engine.”

To ensure that no team is tempted to manipulate an engine, which would undermine the competition, the engines are equipped with a series of seals, and will be controlled by the team directed by Technical Director of the Championship, Mike Webb.

“The four seals that block access to the essential parts of the engine will serve as a primary review,” said Webb. “But we also have access to the data, with which we can monitor everything to do with the engine and certify that the performance is in line with the established parameters and has not been tampered with.”
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