FIM announces 600cc Moto2 race class
New series to replace 250cc GP in 2011
The new series, dubbed Moto2, which will run bikes with limited engines and electronics with prototype chassis.
Moto2 bikes will be capped at 16,000 rpm for four-cylinder engines, 15,000 rpm for two-cylinder engines and 15,500 for triples.
Electronic systems will have stricter limits than those currently allowed in the 250cc class. Moto2 rules will allow for data loggers, ECU and timing transponders supplied by series organizers and the total cost of components for the ECU will be capped at 75,000 yen (US$818).
Manufacturers will still have free reign when it comes to prototype chassis design, though no production parts are permitted for the frame, swing arm, fuel tank seat or cowling.
As a cost-cutting measure, carbon brakes will not be permitted. The FIM will be releasing a list of other outlawed materials and manufacturing methods.
Teams will be restricted to only one motorcycle per rider with a maximum of two engines per event. Engines used in a race, excluding exhaust, throttle bodies and ECU, must be made available for purchase by another competitor within an hour of each race at a fixed price of 20,000 euro (US$26,661).
GP to replace 250cc class with 600cc