A lot of talk has gone on about who will be providing the single spec motor to the new Moto2 series. First, it was rumored that Kawasaki was promised the deal, as a part of their condition to stay on in MotoGP. Then the Grand Prix Commission opened up the contract to bidding from third-parties, which seemed to run-counter to the previous rumor, so there was a new rumor that the announcement was merely a formality. While that seemed a little ludicrous, it didn’t take long for the rumormill to start saying that the winning bid had been chosen, and was from either Honda or Yamaha (read, not Kawasaki). And now, all this talk can finally be put to rest as the GP Commission has announced that Honda will provide the motors for the Moto2 season, which is slated to start in 2010, and replace the 250cc GP class.
After receiving offers from various potential suppliers, the Permanent Bureau of FIM President Mr Vito Ippolito and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta made the unanimous decision to give the tender to the Honda as the initial engine supplier for the 600cc prototype World Championship series.
The first Moto2 engine will run at over 150hp, housed inside chassis of the teams’ choosing. The prototype bikes will make their entrance to the World Championship against the current crop of 250cc machinery, which will run alongside the class in an arrangement similar to that made for the 500cc/MotoGP switch in 2002.