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GP Week : Issue 15
M oto GP Insight >> any case, the two-stroke will survive without racing, he believes. Already current developments with electronics and fuel injection have solved most pollution problems, he says; though he becomes a bit cagey when asked about such future developments as self-lubricating ceramics and carbon fibre engine internals. “I am I am working on a project to help the two-stroke survive. I think it is vital to have development, especially for small-capacity motorcycles.” The two-stroke was so much simpler, cheaper and easier to maintain. Two-stroke fans can take heart from Motocross, where the FIM has proposed a reversal of the earlier switch to four- strokes, much to the dismay of some companies. Witteveen would like to see the FIM take more of a lead in GP racing as well. “You cannot make a decision that makes everybody happy – but in the past the people at the top had the good of motorcycle racing in general. Now we have political, marketing, commercial – everyone is looking at his own short-term interest. “The Federation has to take care of the long term … if they can find the right people.” The current 250cc two-strokes provide a finaly balanced machine, ideal for training for MotoGP – will big 600cc, four-cylinder four-strokes do the same? 47