American Honda was testing its Moriwaki Moto2 machine with Roger Lee Hayden today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. At the end of the day the IMS was generous enough to let Jason DiSalvo test his GP Tech FTR Moto2 machine along with Moto2 regulars American Kenny Noyes and former AMA racer Robertino Pietri from Venezuela.
Noyes was running a Kawasaki ZX-6R racing bike owned by Indianapolis-area racer Gene Burcham. Pietri was on a bone stock Suzuki GSXR600 supplied by Reuben Frankenfield.
On unofficial hand timing Hayden dipped into the 1:49s to record the fastest time of the day. In spite of the quick time, Hayden said they were having handling issues with factory Honda machine.
Perhaps the surprise of the day was DiSalvo. Riding late in afternoon, with a single 90-minute session, DiSalvo was able to get into the 1:50s very quickly. He was pleasantly surprised with his performance.
Also surprising was Noyes. On Burcham’s ZX-6R the French GP Moto2 polesetter ran into the 1:54s, riding he said with plenty of margin since he was on a borrowed bike.
Pietri turned in the most laps of any of the riders in the late afternoon session. He simply clicked off lap after lap on the stock Suzuki and said he had a good feel for the track after session. So productive was Pietri’s session, he was talking of heading home a day early.
It was the first time riding Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.6-mile road course for all four riders.
Testing continues Friday and is open to the public.
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