This is how you build a low-budget Moto2 racer

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The Bott M210 that we’ve been tracking all year has finally been completed, just in time for the Spanish CEV series’ last round of the year at Valencia. As the M210 takes to the track today, it’ll mark the first time that the Bott team has entered a race weekend, they plan to enter a development of this bike in Moto2 next year. As with all racers in that series, the M210 is based on the CBR600RR spec engine, to which the team added a frame, stemless headstock and other components of its own design.

Since all Moto2 bikes use the same CBR600RR engines, Bott figures the greatest and only performance gains are going to come by maximizing airflow into and out of the engine. Adapting an innovation from France’s Roadson Motorcycles (makers of the Aprilia-powered BT550 SuperLeggera), there’s no stem passing through the headstock, leaving room for the air inlet to pass straight through it. That direct path should maximize pressure in the airbox, yielding a slight power advantage. In spec racing, that could be everything.

During its first test session at Jerez (wearing borrowed bodywork), the team’s rider, Alex Martinez, was able to lap in 1:47.5, within three seconds of  Tony Elias’s fastest race lap of 1:44.7. Extremely impressive for the bike’s first ever test.

As you can see, the frame is a proprietary steel trellis design, the suspension is K-Tech, wheels are Oz and the swingarm was custom made in aluminum by South Africa’s CRP.


  • Your_Mom

    Actually, the stemless headstock/steering tube has been around for much longer than the BT550. Tony Foale ( and other builders have done this for years (decades?). In other words, it is not a Roadson Motorcycles innovation – they are far from the first.

    The Bott M210 is a great project. However, Chris Cosentino’s Moto-2 project is much more ambitious. It fell through when the DORNA guys went with the spec engine but Chris has continued to develop it.

    See and


    • Grant Ray

      I ran into Jamie Waters recently and he said Chris’ bike is making good progress. Definitely looking forward to seeing it at this year’s Spannerland Christmas party.

  • Ted

    If Lotus built motorcycles… simplify, add lightness. Any idea what one of these will set you back?

  • Cajun58

    I’ve been thinking about going low-budget Moto2 racing but I can’t decide if I should hire a low-budget rider or buy a low-budget bike first.

    • seanslides

      Shit, I’d ride it for food and the cost of expenses. Seriously.

    • dux

      Is there such a thing as “low budget Moto2 racing”?

      • seanslides

        I’ve got a buddy that took a serious look at it, and put together something resembling a budget to run it. It was crazy money. You’d be better off running a fast national level superbike team. That, or make friends with Antonio Banderas

  • Ducky

    Steel? Do the rules not allow CF/aluminum frames or is there a specific reason that Bott would not have run something like that? Cost?