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GP Week : Issue 22
250 replacement: applica With a deadline for interest in the proposed Production 600-based formula passing, there is no news – and still plenty of intrigue. MICHAEL SCOTT has been keeping his ear to the ground With the July 31 deadline closed days ago, MotoGP will still have to wait to learn how many applications Dorna has received from manufacturers willing to enter the 250-replacement 600cc class. But a paddock straw poll revealed that if there is high- level factory interest, it had not yet filtered down to race-track level. This leaves only Honda, the company hat already in the ring, and leads to revived fears of a 42 one-make championship. With Dorna already stretching the word ‘prototype’ to include production-based engines, a single engine supplier would make it difficult to continue to call the series a World Championship. Until now, only Honda had expressed an interest, and was highly influential in the decision by the manufacturers’ association, the MSMA, to change engine size from the “625 to 650cc” of Dorna’s original proposal to 600cc, to match production engines. “It would be very difficult to supply 625cc, said HRC managing director Kosuke Yasutake. The list of other applicants is potentially long, considering the involvement of not only Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki in the 600cc World Supersport series, but also Triumph. But if Japan Inc is willing to get behind the so-called new ‘Dornotype’ class, it is keeping the information within closed factory circles. Neither Kawasaki nor Suzuki have communicated any plans to their MotoGP racing departments, while Yamaha team boss Lin Jarvis told pressmen that “it’s not even on the radar”. Current 250 denizens KTM and Aprilia have both said quite firmly