I just watched another great Moto2 race from Australia, but in spite of the close racing I just can’t warm up to this series like I should and I’m not the only one. Moto2 hasn’t garnered the attention of racing fans, other than for the sheer spectacle of watching riders bang, block, lean on and chop each other off.
I think the reason is obvious – Moto2 is a spec-engine class and spec racing has no place as a world championship.
Ever notice how nearly every motorcycle manufacturer has one word in common in their titles? There’s Honda Motor Co., Kawasaki Motors Corp., Suzuki Motor Corporation, Yamaha Motor Corporation, Ducati Motor Holding and so on. You get the picture. Motors are a pretty important part of the equation. The name of the machine the riders’ race is even called a “motor”cycle for goodness sake. So the idea of a racing division on the world championship level where the motor companies aren’t competing is against all that is sacred in motorsport.
The thing that really gets me is that Moto2 s the one class where a lot of manufacturers produce a motor that could easily be used in the class. Every one of the Japanese makers produces a 600cc four-cylinder sports engine; Triumph has its 675cc in-line three-cylinder and Ducati’s 848 seems to fit well in the formula. Everyone knows that the engines currently used in Moto2 bikes are nothing more than Supersport-spec Honda CBR600RR powerplants. Why not just allow the other manufacturers supply them same to various teams? The engines could be control engines like they are now. Today’s 600cc class motors are so equal it shouldn’t mess up the racing. Perhaps one configuration might be better than the others at certain tracks, but those things tend to equal out over the course of a season.
I understand Moto2 in its current guise is a way to keep costs down, but it couldn’t be that much more to have what are basically production motors supplied by the various makers.
While I suspect I’ll get a lot of agreement from my fellow racing fans on the motors used in Moto2, I doubt I’ll have as great of a following when I say I don’t like spec tires either. Sure it keeps the playing field level, but whatever happened to tire manufacturers battling it out to make the best possible race tire? I would love to see Bridgestone, Michelin, Dunlop and Pirelli all racing in all three world championship classes.
Sorry for the digression, but I just thought I’d get that out of my system as well.
I’ve never been a fan of spec-class racing and I’m not sure any spec class is worthy of being considered a true world championship.