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The Ultimate Sportbike?

Monday, September 14, 2009

600cc size with 1000cc power. Dream come true!
I’ve always believed the ultimate track-based sportbike would have liter-bike power with middleweight size and weight. And apparently MotoGP overlords Dorna think the same thing. Say hello to the new Moto2 class, which will replace 250cc GP for 2010.

While a quick look at the rules sees Honda-made 600cc spec engines, there’s no doubt they are sure to make power levels akin to a road-legal 1000. These engines will then be housed in chassis made by a host of suppliers, including SRT, Moriwaki and the Tech 3 MotoGP tsquad – some of the best MotoGP chassis makers in the business.

So, tell me that isn’t the ultimate combination for an awesome time at a racetrack? Thus, I now have a new life’s goal – test or race a Moto2 machine. And I’ll be sure to tell you all about it right here once I can make it happen…
Post Tags: ultimate sportbike, ultimate track bike, moto2, moto2 racing
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NorCalFilth -this isnt an avg 600 September 15, 2009 10:16 AM
Please be aware folks that at the Laguna round they had the "Ducati" 600 and this is in no way shape or form like a 250 two stroke. This thing sounded meaner than any AMA Superbike (post or prior to the DMG "DUMBIMG down the series").
NorCalFilth -Uncle Sam - Think about what you just said September 15, 2009 10:00 AM
How will a motorcycle with a 600 Honda be like a 125 or 250????? This is the perfect entry to the world scene for the up and coming American riders. Now think about this, maybe the DSB class will be more important than you could have ever imagined, from the power delivery to the size of the bike. Here is the new launch pad : DSB Moto GP 2 Moto GP Americans or not this is going to be an interesting class. A bit caviler to proclaim that Americans wont care about the series, what you should have said is "Posers will not be interested in this series if there arent any Americans". Real race fans will watch anything with 2 wheels given the level of competition is there. But alas you Uncle Sam are nothing more than a child that knows just enough about racing to get himself into trouble.
Superlight -Moto 2 September 15, 2009 09:23 AM
I'm with Fred - the Moto2 bikes will be interesting, but not the ultimate by any measure. I don't ride 600s due to the lack of mid-range torque, which, admittedly, isn't such a problem on racetracks, but it sure is on the street. I'm looking forward to the various chassis designs the teams will wrap around the spec engines.
Fred -HP September 14, 2009 02:51 PM
"While a quick look at the rules sees Honda-made 600cc spec engines, there’s no doubt they are sure to make power levels akin to a road-legal 1000".

Maybe peak HP will be close to a 1000cc road bike, but without the added torque you get from the 1000s it won't have the same feeling. Also, I read somewhere that the Moto2 class was going to have the engines red-line restricted to 16K to help keep down costs. Even with all the "trick" stuff they can do to a GP bike that you can't do to a street based bike I don't think there will be enough RPMs to achieve much more than maybe 140 RWHP. Plus, Honda will have to build so many bikes each engine probably won’t have as much loving attention put into it. Also, because they are only competing against their own engines they won’t have much reason to go hog wild. Instead they will probably stay closer to the conservative side to assure lower costs and reliability.

Regardless what the Moto2/600ss bikes turn out to be it will be fun to watch and I would not be surprised that at some tracks the Moto2 600s will be about as fast as the 800 GP bikes.

Uncle Sam -Should be more interesting that 250s September 14, 2009 11:48 AM
If Moto2 is like the 250s or 125s, with no competitive Americans, than most Americans won't give a rat's ass about it. Will Team KR come back with a bike for this class? Steve, maybe you should be thanking DMG. I bet that many talented Americans will try to leave the AMA and go overseas next year, and this new class would be the perfect place.
MV Man -Our Racers September 14, 2009 10:28 AM
Can you imagine how fun it will be to see Herrin, Eslick and Aquino in those races as wildcard entries? I hope the Honda engine thing don't get in the way....sponsership wise.
MV Man -Moto 2 September 14, 2009 10:12 AM
I hope you have two chances to race Moto 2 in America next year. That means we'll get to see them at Laguna!! I can't wait for that class to get it on!!