For those who don’t already know, the MSMA has submitted a proposal to change the rules of the Moto2 class to be a single manufacturer spec engine. This would scuttle our plans to make a custom V4 based machine to compete against the inevitable legions of I4’s that will show up. See www.moto2-usa.com for more details.
The MSMA is an industry mouthpiece for the Big4 Japanese manufacturers and as can be seen by their influence on the rules of the MotoGP class are out for their own benefit, not for the benefit of race fans. This spec engine proposal reeks of back room maneuvering, likely by Honda, to force a spec engine of unkown quality and delivery date down the entire Moto2 paddock’s throat. If the Flammini’s will not let Dorna use production engines then let the paddock come up with a solution, don’t legislate a bad one. Besides Cosomoto, Maxsym, Illmor and Yamaha have expressed interest in building engines or customer machines for use in the series. With a spec engine rule this beautiful diversity will be crushed before it has a chance to wow us with exciting racing of machines we can technically distinguish from one another.
The essence of GP racing requires innovation. If in the long run all manufacturers converge on the same solutiuon, no problem. However, give us the freedom to experiment and come up with different solutions and let the stopwatch decide which survives.
Let me kow what you think on this topic. If you have any contacts in the FIM, IRTA, MSMA, Dorna or whoever, ring them up and let them know what a bad idea this is.
Let’s keep prototype racing based on protoypes from all, not one!