The MotoGP World Championship gets underway on Sunday in Qatar, but maybe for the first time in a while the whole world is actually waiting with baited breath for the support category labelled simply Moto2. The new series will host its inaugural race on Sunday night after almost two years of planning and everyone will be eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see the exquisite levels of product design and just what these new machines are capable of for the first time.
600cc in capacity, all the motorbikes will be running specially manufactured Honda engines and will have electronic control units to manage the amount of rider aids that the riders can use. It really should be back down to racing at it purist, when it is the team that has made the best use of their product design opportunities to design and construct the perfect chassis and the rider, who muscles the motorcycle around the tight and twisty tracks.
The teams have been frantically working away over the winter to perfect their chassis setup and manufacture new aerodynamic fairing casings to assist the rider with obtaining a greater top speed when tucked in during qualifying and the race.
Of course all of this work is good news for the motorcycle industry. In effect all of these teams are performing live testing for the manufacturers like Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki. I’m sure with a little bit of persuasion and a little bit of money, some of the designs that we see competing on the track this year, could be featuring on the roads in 2011 or 2012.