Friday, December 12, 2008

Moto2: 600cc four-stroke class regulations announced


Oh no, we've posted the wrong picture! But wait, who cares. Moto2 bikes should be just about this fast, and as for the racing... ho-hum...

The FIM has announced regulations for the 600cc four-stroke class, which will replace the current 250cc world championship series in 2011. To be called ‘Moto2,’ the new category will have bikes fitted with normally-aspirated 600cc, four-stroke engines, with the rev limit being 16,000rpm for four-cylinder engines, 15,500rpm for three-cylinder engines and 15,000rpm for twins.

In a move aimed at keeping costs low, Moto2 rules will only allow for data loggers, ECU and timing transponders supplied by the organisers. These will not cost more than US$900, and no other electronics will be permitted.

Moto2 bikes’ chassis will not be restricted in any way and manufacturers will be completely free to develop their own chassis and swingarm. Carbon brake discs and carbon composite wheels will not be allowed, and the FIM will also issue a list of other materials and manufacturing methods which won’t be permitted in Moto2.

Each rider in the Moto2 series will be limited to one bike only, with a maximum of two complete engines for each race. And here’s the clincher – the engines used in any given race will be available for purchase by rival competitors, for the fixed price of US$26,700, within one hour of a Moto2 Grand Prix race being completed.

The bikes will need to weigh a minimum of 135kg (in case of four-cylinder engines), 130kg (for bikes with three-cylinder engines) and 125kg (for bikes with two-cylinder engines.)

Hmmm… we don’t really know what to say, but on the whole, this whole Moto2 thing sounds dumb. Low cost racing is all fine – at the club level. But when it comes to top-level Grand Prix racing, we’re not too sure about the use of severely restricted engines.

Also, at this level, rules like competitors being allowed to buy each others’ engines seems just plain stupid. If anything, it seems like a recipe for one-make-only racing, and the 250cc replacement class should certainly not be that! Anyway, all should be revealed in 2010, when these Moto2 four-stroke 600s will first come out and race alongside the current two-stroke 250s. (That will be the last year for 250s before the 600s take over in 2011. ) We'll be happy if we're proved wrong, but for now, we do believe 250s will make mincemeat of the new-age 600s in 2010...

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just who is the cretin that has decided on these rules? It certainly doesn't sound as though the teams have been consulted and they , after all are the people who are willing to lay their money down and make it all possible.
If this goes ahead it is going to die a natural death after one season, if not, before.

Phil said...

So let me get this straight - Moto2 is the newer, fancier name for 600cc supersport racing? No? Oh, all right, so Moto2 bikes get a bigger swingarm. Of course...

Anonymous said...

This really is the dumbest set of rules FIM could have come up with. What ARE they trying to do? WHO would want to take part in Moto2? In my opinion, manufacturers would only want to be in 125s and/or MotoGP. Seriously doubt if any of the current lot would even want to supply engines in Moto2.

Big Stan said...

Maybe this is just one big, bad dream. Maybe we'll all wake up tomorrow and we'll be told that the 250cc class is not dying after all. Anyone remember Max Biaggi and those Chesterfield Aprilias in the 250s, a few years ago? That's racing. Not dumbed-down four-stroke 600s doddering around like dodos. I'd bet even 125s will be quicker around most tracks than Moto2 600s. Truly, f#$*@d!

RocketBoy82 said...

no carbon brakes and no carbon composite wheels? u gotta be kidding me! how can racers race without carbon brakes and carbon wheels? that's just not fair....

;-))

Anonymous said...

2010 will show just how stupid this whole Moto2 thing is, when 250s kick 600 arse all over the world. phooey!

K Russell said...

nah, come on, give the FIM a break. how many of you have raced in the 250cc class and how can you be so sure the 600s want be fast? 2011 is still a long time away so manufacturers still have a lot of time to get their act together for the new class. low cost racing is the way to go. two-stroke 250s are just not relevant anymore, so there!

yamaha_boy24 said...

I am from Indonesia, i think bout 600cc 4 stroke vs 250 cc two stroke....
hmm interesting...
and 600cc 4 cylinder should be faster , but ONE SURE THING ! 250 cc two-stroke is more FUN !
i love two stroke
thx

Darryl said...

Two-strokes not relevent? Why do they have to be relevent? GP racing is about pure speed. And relevance to what? Streetbikes? We have Superbikes and Supersport class for that. I mean how relevant is a McLaren F1 car in motorcar racing. Does anyone think F1 should be souped up WTC cars?

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