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GP Week : Issue 45
>>Moto GPnews t Ducati ider’ syndrome chief No war says Superbike THERE will be no counterstrike or objection from World Supersport Championship promoters Infront Motor Sports (IMS) against next year’s Moto2 class, after SBK and Supersport chief Paolo Flammini backed away from a potential fight. The new machines will be equipped with modified Honda CBR600RR street-bike engines, uprated by some 10 horsepower compared with those used in World Supersport machines based on the same model. The Hondas of Eugene Laverty and Andrew Pitt were fourth and fifth in this weekend’s Monza race, won by a Yamaha. But while there is an evident overlap, Flammini made conciliatory remarks, quoted on Italian web-site GPOne. com, about the forthcoming four- stroke replacement class for 250s. The philosophy of Moto2 was correct, he said: “It does not conflict with our Supersport. It’s a prototype motorcycle, or at least the chassis is prototype and the engine is unique to the class.” Moto2 thus bore no relation to the Supersport philosophy of racing motorcycles bearing a direct resemblance to and close relationship with street bikes. The Honda CBR600RR did take part in World Supersport, but, he added tellingly: “above all, it races against bikes from four other manufacturers.” Flammini however gave an amber rather than a green light, especially while detailed technical rules for Moto2 machines remain to be revealed. IMS would examine the rules more carefully, “to evaluate whether there are points which conflict”. Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta has consistently insisted that there will be no conflict with the production-based series. Flammini’s acceptance of the Dorna definition of ‘prototype’is seen as another step towards a new order of production-based racing. 15