FIM announce return to big-bore racing as we say goodbye to 800cc
FOLLOWING MONTHS of speculation, the FIM has announced the blue riband racing class is to return to 1,000cc in 2012.The move was announced by the International Motorcycling Federation said after meeting rights holders Dorna in Switzerland."At the beginning of next year we will produce the new rules in a more complete format but that is the basis; 2012 will be the year of a new era of MotoGP," said FIM president Vito Ippolito.The move will come as welcome news to many racers and fans alike; the switch from 990cc to 800cc in 2006 was recently described by nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi as 'the biggest mistake in the last 15 years'.
Posted: 12/12/2009 at 14:30
Posted: 13/12/2009 at 10:50
Posted: 14/12/2009 at 07:56
Should be 2011. MotoGP is prototype racing. Prototypes can be developed in a year, easily. If it was a production-based racing class then 2012 would make sense.
I can't see any of the manufacturers putting a great deal of effort into their 2011 bikes
Posted: 14/12/2009 at 16:39
Posted: 15/12/2009 at 13:29
So will Rossi still be racing in 2012 or will he use the opportunity to retire?
Posted: 15/12/2009 at 15:40
ZeroOneTwo - That'll be why they made it 2012 instead of 2011. I think Rossi will hang around for the first year just to win the first time, then retire.
So, the earlier they change things, the earlier he retires, and the earlier their viewing/attendance figures plummet.
Posted: 15/12/2009 at 19:06
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