Motorcycle Racing News Honda supplies Moto2 engines

Honda supplies Moto2 engines

The Moto2 class is a new category that has been created to replace the 2-stroke 250cc class. Making its debut in the 2010 season, this class covers engines with intermediate displacement and was formed as a step-up to the MotoGP class. All machines will be equipped with Honda-made 4-stroke 600cc engines but with different rolling chassis.

This engine is derived from the in-line 4-cylinder engine of Honda’s commercially sold, supersports model CBR600RR and was developed exclusively for the Moto2 class. Honda will supply these engines to all teams for each round of the series, and HRC has signed a maintenance agreement with Geo Technology of Switzerland to support the engine supply for all rounds. The engines will undergo strict inspection and maintenance before arriving at each team, so that every engine can put out the same performance.

Tires will also be supplied by a single manufacturer, Dunlop, while manufacturer prototypes will be permitted for the chassis.

Having the engines supplied by a single manufacturer will make the competition among riders and teams even fiercer. The class is expected to attract a lot of attention as a new category that serves as the stepping stone to the premier class. This is the first time for the one-make engine rule to be adopted in the 60-year history of WGP, and by supplying engines to the Moto2 class and strongly supporting WGP as a result, Honda will contribute to the development of two-wheel motorsports.

2010 Moto2 Teams and Riders

Team Number Rider Nationality Constructor
SPEED UP APRILIA 2 GABOR TALMACSI Hungary SPEED UP
29 ANDREA IANNONE Italy SPEED UP
VIESSMANN KIEFER RACING 4 STEFAN BRADL Germany SUTER
JACK&JONES BY A.BANDERAS 5 JOAN OLIVE Spain PROMOHARRIS
9 KENNY NOYES USA PROMOHARRIS
RED BULL AJO MOTORSPORT 6 ALEX DEBON Spain FTR
PONS RACING 7 AXEL PONS Spain PONS KALEX
40 SERGIO GADEA Spain PONS KALEX
G22 HOLIDAYGYM 10 FONSI NIETO Spain MORIWAKI
88 YANNICK GUERRA Spain MORIWAKI
INTERWETTEN MORIWAKI RACING 12 THOMAS LUTHI Switzerland MORIWAKI
HONDA-SAG 14 RATTHAPARK WILAIROT Thailand SUTER
55 HECTOR FAUBEL Spain SUTER
SCOT RACING TEAM 15 ALEX DE ANGELIS San Marino SCOT
59 NICOLA CANEPA Italy SCOT
FORWARD RACING 16 JULES CLUZEL France SUTER
71 CLAUDIO CORTI Italy SUTER
CARDION AB MOTORACING 17 KAREL ABRAHAM Czech RSV
GRESINI RACING MOTO2 24 TONI ELIAS Spain MORIWAKI
61 VLADIMIR IVANOV Russia MORIWAKI
CARETTA TECHNOLOGY RACE DEPT 25 ALEX BALDOLINI Italy I.C.P.
TECH 3 RACING 35 RAFFAELE DE ROSA Italy TECH 3
72 YUKI TAKAHASHI Saitama, Japan TECH 3
KINO RACING 37 FABRICIO PERREN Argentina KINO
ITALTRANS S.T.R. 39 ROBERTINO PIETRI Venezuela SUTER
44 ROBERTO ROLFO Italy SUTER
MARC VDS RACING TEAM 45 SCOTT REDDING Britain SUTER
TECHNOMAG-CIP 48 SHOYA TOMIZAWA Chiba, Japan SUTER
77 DOMINIQUE AEGERTER Switzerland SUTER
MATTEONI C.P. RACING 52 LUKAS PESEK Czech MORIWAKI
WTR SAN MARINO TEAM 53 VALENTIN DEBISE France ADV
VECTOR KIEFER RACING 56 VLADIMIR LEONOV Russia SUTER
MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM 60 JULIAN SIMON Spain RSV
63 MIKE DI MEGLIO France RSV
JIR MOTO2 75 MATTIA PASINI Italy TSR
TBA TBA TBA TSR
BLUSENS BQR 76 BERNAT MARTINEZ Spain BQR-MOTO2
95 MASHEL AL NAIMI Qatar BQR-MOTO2
(Reserve)
27 VINCENT LONBOIS Belgium SUTER
MARC VDS RACING TEAM
(Reserve)
TBA ANTHONY WEST Australia MZ
MZ RACING TEAM

 

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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