Honda to supply engines for Moto2

Moto2 bikes to compete against 250cc bikes in 2010

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, May. 06, 2009
Honda has been selected as the engine supplier for the Moto2 class in 2010.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive officer of promoter Dorna Sports, and Vito Ippolito, president of the International Motorcycling Federation, chose Honda after receiving offers from “various bidders”. None of the other bidders were named, though British-based Motorcycle News reports Yamaha was also in the running while New Zealand publication Motorcycle Sport & Leisure quotes Norton boss Stuart Garner saying the British company submitted an application.

BQR Racing was one of the first to reveal their Moto2 motorcycle featuring a Honda engine.The 600cc Moto2 engines are expected to produce over 150 hp and will be housed in prototype chassis. The Moto2 was initially to be introduced in 2011 as a replacement for the current 250cc class but will enter competition a year earlier.

The 2010 Grand Prix racing season will be a transition year with Moto2 and 250cc motorcycles racing together. The arrangement will be similar to the 2002 season which saw the debut of the MotoGP era with the older 500cc two-strokes racing against the newer 990cc four-stroke motorcycles. Many satellite teams began the 2002 season with 500cc machines before receiving 990cc motorcycles later in the season.

Race organizers also announced that free practice and qualifying sessions will be restored to an hour in length. Practice and qualifying sessions were earlier shortened to 45 minutes in an effort to cut down on engine wear and reduce costs.

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