Saturday, December 12, 2009
1,000cc engines to make a comeback in MotoGP in 2012
MotoGP, which moved from two-stroke 500cc engines to 990cc four-strokes in 2002, and then from 990cc to 800cc engines in 2007, is all set for another change. From 2012, MotoGP will go back to 1,000cc four-stroke engines with a maximum of four cylinders.
‘The main changes we have decided on are new rules for the MotoGP class. We will have four-stroke four-cylinder engines. This will give all the manufacturers the opportunity to start work. At the beginning of next year we will produce the new rules in a more complete format, but that is the basis; 2012 will be the year of a new era of MotoGP,’ says FIM President Vito Ippolito.
‘From 2012, the bikes will have an engine capacity of up to 1,000cc, have up to four cylinders and the maximum bore will be 81mm. It’s a very important measurement because with this we can have all the characteristics of the engine. This has been approved and between now and the start of the 2010 season we will have another two meetings to define the rest of the specifications for the MotoGP class,’ says Dorna Sports CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta.
All we can do is hope FIM/Dorna will not impose too many restrictions on the engines, chassis and suspension etc. used in MotoGP. This is the ‘prototype’ class, remember? Don’t stifle the racing, don’t suffocate the racers. Please, just let this class be where the world’s hardest, best racers race on the world’s best, most advanced, most powerful and the fastest motorcycles on the planet…