AMA Supersport Racer
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: los angeles, ca
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What I don't understand is how Ilmor/Suter can race NEXT year's 800cc bike under the current rules.
Don't the rules state that you can either race 990cc 4-strokes and/or 500cc 2-strokes? (Or did they finally remove the 2-stroke clause this year to make MotoGP strictly 4-strokes?)
Or is it okay, in MotoGP, to race any 4 stroke as long as it doesn't EXCEED 990ccs on top of the weight restrictions relevent to the number of cylinders? Makes me think that a manufacturer could purposely build a 900cc, 5 cylindered engine while side-stepping the weight restrictions because of the reduced displacement (currently 145 kgs for 4-5 cylinders).
If that's the case, then couldn't all of the manufacturers just take a couple riders that aren't in contention for the championship (Edwards, Stoner, Hopkins, Gibernau, etc) and begin to race their 800cc GP bikes NOW? That would be awesome to see...
PS: Kawasaki sure is taking a long time to announce/reveal their 07 GP bike and rider line-up. They're either behind on development or they haven't figured out who will be riding for them next year. I'd like to think that their new bike is amazing and that they're hiding something up their sleeve.