Maybe there's something to all this talk of four-strokes cutting costs after all. 47 teams with a total of 91 riders have applied to race in the 250GP-replacing Moto2 class next year. Only one two-rider team applied to run a 250cc two-stroke instead of the Honda CBR600RR-based four-stroke engine, but that could change if Aprilia has its way. In a move that looks like revenge for all but cutting Aprilia -- currently the dominant manufacture in 250GP -- from competition, it's announced that it will offer the lease of its RSA 250s free of charge next year. A single machine typically leases for around €1 million a season.
Since Dorna will be leasing the Honda engines to the teams, Aprilia's
move could cost the series owner millions of dollars. At least Carmelo
Ezpeleta didn't wake up next to a horse's head, well, not that we've
Details of all the applicants haven't been released since their numbers
will need to be drastically cut. It's thought that Gilera is the team
that has applied to run two-strokes.
Dorna, the FIM and IRTA will meet at the Catalunya Grand Prix on June
13 to make the cuts. Preference will be given first to MotoGP satellite
teams, then current 250 participants, then 125GP.
via MotoGP Matters