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GP Week : Issue 136
MOTOGP ITALY >> the Moto2 class was criticised from its inception for its unique characteristic – a c ontrol engine, supplied by the organisers. Same for everybody; one size fits all. not, said the critics, the way to run a series with the title World Championship. The criticisms were swept away by the quality of the racing. Close, fierce, noisy and dangerous, it has provided all the thrills any fan could desire. The time is coming for reconsideration, and plans are afoot that might elevate the intermediate class above the criticism that it is little more than a one-make trophy race. The original sanction for the control 600cc Honda engines was for three years, so it will be the same in 2012. But rules are now being formulated for 2013. And there is a good chance that Moto2 2013 will give competitors a freer choice of motive power. According to Technical Director Mike Webb (and from next year also Race Director), there is a strong chance that new rules will open the series to rival manufacturers. More than this, they are also considering allowing different numbers of cylinders, although the engines will have to remain in-line. “ The brief from Dorna is to keep the close racing and preserve the low engine costs. If we can do that, I’d be delighted to have a multi- brand series,” he said. The choices ranged from keeping the rules as they were all the way to opening the class to full prototypes, though that is a distant dream, given the need to contain costs. “But we would like to get out of the business of owning and supplying engines. It worked well to kick things off.” Allowing other makes in would help teams to find support from dealers and importers. On the other hand, it would increase the chassis cost: designs would have to change to accommodate different engine casings. “ We’re in discussion now with teams and chassis manufacturers,” said Webb. “ We need to decide by early next year.” Let’s hope that some variety comes in ... if only to relieve our ears of the identical shrill vuvuzela shriek of those Hondas. Moto2: Time to drop the Control Engine MOTOGP JAPAN >> 33