It has been confirmed, 2010 will see the debut of the Moto2 racing class, which will replace the 250cc GP. Moto2 comes about in an effort to make racing more affordable by having a second racing class that is more analogous to the bikes being built for the road, namely the middleweight 600cc segment. The Grand Prix Commission in its announcement has also revealed that Moto2 will have a single engine design, meaning all competitors will be running the same spec motor, the manufacturer of which has yet to be appointed.
The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Messrs Ignacio Verneda (FIM Sports Director), Javier Alonso (Dorna) and M. Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), unanimously accepted a proposal made to them by the MSMA in a meeting held on April 11th at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The announcement also revealed that the class would be introduced in the 2010 season.
Speaking after the decision was made, Mr. Danis explained the reasoning behind the move to a single engine supplier.
“We had already decided that the chassis should be open to all manufacturers, but we would like to have a control engine in order to reduce costs. The decision as to whom will be the sole manufacturer will be made in the next month, but we have already had two parties expressing an interest and we will discuss the situation with them.”
Many of the technical regulations for the Moto2 class have yet to be confirmed, although the introduction of the class in 2010 should change that. As of right now, Moto2 is not a single spec tire series like MotoGP, but there is the possibility that could could also occur. “Right now the tyre situation is that we will have an open field. However, it is something that we will think about and discuss,” concluded Mr. Danis.
If that were the case, then the racing would really boil down to chassis design, and rider skill, which has long been the criticism of MotoGP. All we care about is when Bimota will unveil their chassis, and if we can buy it.