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Old 04-11-2009, 08:44 PM   #1
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I'll wager you now that it'll be Honda
"we have already had two parties expressing an interest"

Is Honda one of them? I have not seen the names anywhere.
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"we have already had two parties expressing an interest"

Is Honda one of them? I have not seen the names anywhere.

Honda have been the driving force behind the abolishment of the 250GP class, perhaps I'm just being cynical!!
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Grinchy cynical???? surely you jest.............. I'll bet Honda and Yamaha.
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It will most likely be Honda. This has been in the works for weeks. I haven't said anything because it hasn't been finalized.

WOW. Ken Tate has now said his team has no more interest in GP2 class.

Sucks for all the other teams that have already sunk time and $$ into developing a bike for this upcoming class. Kind of like getting the rug pulled out from under.
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It will most likely be Honda. This has been in the works for weeks. I haven't said anything because it hasn't been finalized.

WOW. Ken Tate has now said his team has no more interest in GP2 class.
Sucks for all the other teams that have already sunk time and $$ into developing a bike for this upcoming class. Kind of like getting the rug pulled out from under.
what was the reason given tiatool, do you know??
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Here is an article announcing his interest. There are some nuggets of info as to why he might not want to continue.

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/143..._in_moto2.html


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Honda's leading World Superbike and Supersport team, Ten Kate, is the latest outfit to express an interest in the new 600cc Moto2 class, which will replace the 250cc World Championship from 2011 - and may race in 2010.

The Dutch tuning experts, winners of the 600cc World Supersport Championship from 2002-2008 - as well as the 2007 World Superbike crown - seem a perfect match for the new category, and team manager Ronald ten Kate confirmed an entry is being considered.

“Moto2, because it is based on 600cc machinery, in which we already have a proven track record, is for sure a class we are looking at," said ten Kate, speaking exclusively to Crash.net. "But first we have to see exactly what the rules are going to be.

“There is a set of rules in place, but it is not so defined yet. So we're just going to wait and see. Probably during the second half of this season we'll decide if we are going to build a Moto2 machine or not.”

ten Kate added that, should the Moto2 project get the go-ahead, the team would have two possible options.

“When and if there is going to be a Moto2 machine built, we would need to decide if we want to run the machine ourselves, or just lease it out - or sell it - for customers to race,” he said.

Should ten Kate decide to enter Moto2, many believe they already have at least one ideal rider under contract in the form of 2007 WSS champion Kenan Sofuoglu. The Turkish star looks set to stick with 600cc racing for the foreseeable future after a tough 2008 debut in the WSBK class.

“I believe that Kenan's riding style would for sure be good for a Moto2 bike, but it is not an issue at the moment because we happy where we are and the project ahead of us for 2009 and 2010, which is in World Superbike and World Supersport,” said ten Kate.

Sofuoglu will return to WSS for 2009, when he will ride alongside Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's reigning champion Andrew Pitt. Carlos Checa, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Johnny Rea will form Ten Kate Honda's 2009 WSBK line-up.

Herve Poncharal recently told Crash.net that Tech 3 will build a Moto2 machine later this year, while Moriwaki, Blusens and LaGlisse have already unveiled a design.
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Having read up I think it's all pointing towards Yamaha as the engine supplier
I'm really surprised considering Honda's clout, a sign of the times maybe as the power base shifts
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Are you talking about this article??

http://www.motogpmatters.com/news/20...oto2_bike.html

Fascinating news from Italy. According to a post on the Oberdan Bezzi's blog, Yamaha are building a Moto2 bike, ready to compete when the series replaces the 250 class, either in 2010 or 2011. Bezzi, an Italian motorcycle designer, has a stunning mockup of what the bike would look like, named, appropriately enough, the YZR 600 M2.

According to Bezzi, Yamaha has decided that the new Moto2 class could offer a good return on investment, as a way of providing production racing motorcycles to buying customers at an affordable price. In line with this thought, the bikes would be sold in Yamaha's traditional red and white production livery, much as the old TZ bikes were back in the 1980s. The bikes would be offered for sale, and not provided on a lease basis, as the bikes in MotoGP are.

Should the story be true, and Yamaha be genuinely interested in producing equipment for the Moto2 class, it would mark a turning point for the series. So far, the entries have been almost entirely from chassis specialists such as Moriwaki, Suter and BQR, building prototype chassis around production engines - mostly Honda's popular CBR600RR powerplant. But a manufacturer producing bikes would change the game significantly. What's more, Yamaha producing limited run racing motorcycles for sale would not violate the terms of the contract which the Flammini brothers have with the FIM for production-based motorcycle racing. Although the powerplant would undoubtedly be similar to Yamaha's R6 engine, changes would have to be made for it to comply with the current set of rules. The R6 is already close to the rev limit enforced under the Moto2 regulations, and the engine would likely be modified for torque, rather than power.

Once one manufacturer crosses the bridge that leads to Moto2, more could follow. The surprise exception could well be Honda, though. Paddock and fan gossip puts the naissance of the new class down to Big Red's malign influence, part of their witchhunt against two strokes. But so far, Honda have not expressed any interest in the new class, and there have even been some statements which would seem to imply that the Japanese giant will not build a bike for the new class. Perhaps it was not Honda pushing for the four strokes after all, but another Japanese conglomerate. One which makes musical instruments, perhaps?

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http://www.motoblog.it/post/17715/ic...a-in-vendita-l...
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