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Moto2 Winter Testing

No sooner had the died down as the 2010 season came to a close yesterday at Valencia the sound of Moto2 engines rung out again this morning as winter testing got underway in earnest for 2011 at the same venue

With recently crowned World Champion Toni Elias having officially departed the Team Gresini garage he watched on Monday as Michele Pirro and Yuki Takahashi began adapting the Moriwaki MD600 machines to their preferred settings and got a first feel for the title winning bike.

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Cold temperatures and strong winds did nothing to help but both Moto2 riders gave positive feedback on their first run out.

Yuky Takahashi (Gresini Moto2 – 1:37.020) says: “I am really pleased with this first test. Even though we didn’t make major changes to the bike, just using the setting left by Elias, I was able to lap quicker than I managed during the whole weekend. I felt good on the bike and I managed to establish a good feeling with it despite the low temperatures and strong winds. Overall it has been a more than positive first contact.”

Michele Pirro (Gresini Moto2 – 1.37.680) says: “I immediately had a better feeling with the bike today than I had at Aragon, when I stood in for the injured Ivanov. Perhaps the time that has passed since the last Supersport race has helped me in that I am not riding in the same way and that allowed me to tackle the circuit in a different way.”

“I am particularly pleased despite the windy conditions, which limited the work we could do today, and it has been a positive session.”

Fausto Gresini (Gresini Moto2 Team Owner) says: “We have started a new adventure today with two new riders, even though Michele Pirro already rode with us at Aragon, when he really impressed us.”

“I am happy and I hope our team can find the right blend to have another season that matches our potential.”

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

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