It's easy to get the feeling that the most exciting thing happening in Indy this weekend isn't going to be some boring Spaniard dominating yet another race from start to finish, but instead the variety of smaller capacity racing receiving a welcome promotional push from Honda. Not only are Roger Lee Hayden and Kevin Schwantz fronting an Amerigasmic Moto2 effort, but there's also $180,000 in contingency money in place for two Moriwaki MD250H races for riders aged 12 to 16. Winners will receive this trophy, a laser-cut, heat-treated titanium silhouette of the MD250H mounted on a Moriwaki MD600 triple clamp.
These two races might be something of a swan song for the MD250H and its
race series. The CRF250X-powered Moriwaki will be unable to compete in
the new four-stroke Moto3 class that's officially replacing two-stroke
125GP racing in 2012. Despite using a four-stroke motor of the correct
capacity, Moto3 dictates a prototype engine and an 81mm bore, where the
production-based motor in the MD250H has a 78mm bore. While the little
Moriwaki provides a hint of what's to come from Moto3, it's likely the
company will switch to producing a class-compliant bike with a new motor
housed in a similar frame. Unlike the Honda-powered Moto2, Dorna
promises Moto3 won't be a single-engine class.
Don't read that last sentence as negative though. Moto2 has proved an
exciting class and we love seeing this much small-capacity racing taking
place on a major American race weekend. An all-American Moto2 team and
two 250cc races for American teenagers? Honda, you rock.