Bimota's Moto2 racer caught on the track

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While we’re very excited that Bimota is on track to race in the Moto2 series, we have to admit our first pixelated and vague impression of the bike borders on indifference. Caught testing on the Binetto race track in Italy well before the official release on January 21, the video shows a test rider making the rounds plus a couple of brief hazy static shots. Sure it’s a leak, the trellised frame and origami sub-frame could be amazing, ditto for those scalloped lines on the front of the fairing, but it’s impossible to tell thanks to the low quality of the video. We’re betting that changes with decent shots on the 21st, but first impressions matter. If you’re going to test your never-seen-before racer, maybe you shouldn’t tell strangers it’s okay to video while doing the test on open-track day. Video after the jump.

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  • http://www.heng.jp Sen Heng

    I don’t think they were that particular about leaks. I saw the bike when I visited their factory and they didn’t even bother to cover it up. The designer’s (singular) room was off limits but otherwise the whole place was fair game.

  • Sean Smith

    While the bike invokes feelings of meh, it is pretty neat to see a Moto2 machine on track. It makes the whole thing feel real, rather than just a bunch of talk and paperwork.

  • Smokedaddy

    Swingarm looks like titanium.

  • stalin

    hooray for the best frame builders on the planet

  • C Mad

    No hub stearing?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      That was my first reaction, too. Glad I’m not the only one.

  • shinigami

    You gotta wonder how that CBR600RR case cover embossed “Honda” goes over with those boys… it even sounds exactly like my 600RR…

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      That’s because it is a CBR600RR engine. From what I understand, the new Moto2 engines have yet to be released to all the teams.

  • http://www.motomorini.co.uk/brochures/bim%20news.htm Tom

    Bimota is an amazing company that has come back from the dead. After the disaster of the VDue, Bimota was purchased for $2.5mill and is now is successful, though small, company.

  • lloydy

    Great looking bit of kit, fabricated ‘subframe’ is
    the fuel tank surely?

  • Isaac

    Why do all the Moto2 bikes just look slaped togther? I’d expect a little more heart in the design of trhe bike than this comming from them. Looks like the poor thing got punched in the face and had a botched Botox surgery. And that seat just appears to make the bike un-rideable for males.

  • Viceroy_Fizzlebottom

    I wonder if this means we will see a return of Honda powered Bimotas in the future