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.