Guess who is on the track to be back racing in the pro ranks in the very near future? Yes, our dear friend the two stroke!
Because of some interesting rule changes from the FIM and some folks realizing that the two stroke is not an evil stepchild, the tide is changing. This is now a reality.
Part of this news was released by the FIM in December of 2007. To read the full press release please click here.
Motocross Classes: as of 2010, single cylinder engines will be used in MX1 and MX2 and multicylinder in MX3, whether 2 or 4-stroke (open concept). The cubic capacity will be 250cc in MX2, and up to 650cc in MX3.
Concerning the MX2 class, a maximum age limit of 23 years will be introduced. Moreover, a World Champion will be allowed to defend his title only one time (in the following year).
The FIM Junior World Championship will have an additional class as of 1.1.2010: 65cc. All the classes (65cc, 85cc, 125cc) will be exclusively 2-stroke.
Next are rumors that MDK/KTM Racer Tommy Searle will be competing on a 250 two stroke in 2009.
On top of this great news, it appears that Davey Coombs is seriously considering changing the class structure to allow 250 two strokes to compete head-to-head with 250 four strokes in the AMA Nationals as early as 2009!!
I request that you the readers of this web site, please take action. Please comment below about to express your thoughts on this ground breaking change of allowing two strokes to compete head-to-head against same displacement four-strokes.
The more people and comments the better. I will e-mail the list of comments to Davey Coombs on Sunday December 21st.
We are now in a position to make a real difference in bringing back the two stroke to it’s rightful place. Stand up and be counted. It’s time to make a difference.
Personally, I have all but stopped attending pro events because of the excessive noise and the cookie cutter sound of the ultra-loud four-strokes. When two strokes are allowed to compete fairly, I will be one of the first to purchase tickets to these events.
In fact I believe that there should be three classes in Pro Racing. The 125cc class, the 250cc class and the Open class. In any of these classes you can use either a two-stroke or a four stroke. Now that would be worth watching!
What do you have to say?