Rondine Moto2 Race Bike

02/27/2012 @ 10:32 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

When the Moto2 Championship was conceived, the racing public was pitched the idea of exotic prototype racing machines that would be built around production-based motors. Immediately the idea of a grid full of Bimota-like machines began to tickle our fancy, however the reality has been that Moto2 chassis designs have been far-more grounded in their approaches and configurations.

Though we did see Bimota build a Moto2 racer with the Bimota HB4, it is motorcycles like the Vyrus 986 M2 that we really want to see filling the Moto2 grid. Of course with the spec-engine rules, races are being won and lost by just the smallest differences in chassis specifications, making the use of exotic designs a venerable game of Russian roulette. Don’t tell any of this to Rondine though, as the Italian firm is working hard on a unique Moto2 design of its own.

Lead by Philip and Mark Nuccitelli, the small Roman team is better known for its Rondine RRV1 track bike, and while they have dabbled in electric motorcycles, the Rondine Moto2 concept is taking the Nuccitellis back to their racing roots. Instead of using a twin-spar aluminum frame, like many of the teams are currently using in Moto2, the Rondine Moto2 bike is comprised of several large billet aluminum plates that are joined together to make the bike’s chassis.

Anticipating the opening-up of Moto2’s spec-engine rule from using only Honda’s CBR600RRR motor, Rondine has designed their prototype around the 600cc engines built by Yamaha and Kawasaki. Certainly a creative design, the Rondine Moto2 concept is a bold move in a space that traditionally rewards only conservative approaches. In an industry famous for killing ideas that work in the test lab, but fall on the race track, we wish the Rondine crew the best of luck in their efforts.


  • Several plates = several bolts = heavy

  • Don R

    Still just another variation of a telefork suspended by a headstock. bring out the Hossacks, the Parker RaDD, Fiors, etc….some out of the box thinking!!

  • MikeD

    Although i simpatize with Don R and the whole ” Try something new OR less ordinary, PLEASE ! ” thing…i have to say:

    I would hit that ( on 3rd pic form and shape ). All those machined plates, wierd shape and what not IMHO gives it an industrial look and finish i very much like these days. I would take something naked like that any day over the fully faired version.

    Fully faired version looks pretty good on it’s own too…if anything different.

    Good luck to these guys !

  • Hoyt

    @tomz – what if they are ti bolts?

  • Bolting plates will never be as sturdy as welding, or casting specifically designed for this purpose. There is a reason EVERY GP bike uses the aluminum twin spar frame… it works.

    Having said that, it is a difficult line to walk. If you stick with the tried and true (telescopic forks, twin spar, radial brakes) you’ll be getting the same reliable, predictable performance every day. But this is prototype racing! I want to see the crazy, even stupid, ideas that may never work. I’m with you, Don R, bring on the Hossacks! Its about time they get the race development they’ve always needed.

  • GeddyT

    On the other hand, the weight of the bolts might be offset by less material in the plates to achieve the same stiffness/flex properties. I could see an advantage of this design being that it would be orders of magnitude cheaper/easier/faster to make adjustments for chassis flex to eliminate chatter or add front end feel. Hell, it could be trackside adjustable! Front end chatter on a grippy track? Pull into the pits and want a few minutes while your crew swaps out the plates that span the side spars to the headstock with slightly more flexible ones, and away you go.

  • Westward

    I’m just a fan of unconventional approach, especially motorcycles…

  • Dr. Gellar

    If Rondine ever decides to dabble once again in electric motorcycles, hopefully it’ll end up looking more like this Moto2 idea, or better yet…their RRV1. Either would likely be an amazing machine.

    I agree with many of you…it would be cool to see more teams take a chance and race Moto2 bikes with more exotic chassis ideas than are currently on the grid. Don R mentions James Parker’s RADD suspension concept…that would be a great idea! Get an American team on the grid with an American rider using a bike with his ideas. One can dream… :-)