newmann wrote: It's funny, sad...but funny, to see these press releases being issued amongst all of the "there's no interest" comments from the powers that be and the moto media here in the US. It's almost as if those in these positions here were glad to see the sport split and circling the drain while trying to force feed the overweight 4 stroke to us all. Some of us tried it, some of us didn't like it. Just keep preaching it though and all those 2 stroke kooks will go away. Pay no attention to all the three decades of history that was the 125 class.
"Get over it, it isn't coming back"
I've never said there's no interest. If I thought there was no interest, I wouldn't have posted the press release above. So lumping me in with whatever media you're talking about is misguided.
Consumers want lots of things. They want bitchen bikes. They want them to be cheap to buy and maintain. They want them to be fun.
I've said many times that given the current set of rules
, two-strokes in the pro class make zero sense. I still feel that way. The guys that try it aren't thinking of podiums. Or top tens. They're hoping to make the show, and that's about it. That's not racing, that's (barely) participating. For amateurs, it's a different story.
If two-strokes and four-strokes are going to play together in the pro class, there needs to be class modification. That has to be supported at the manufacturer level, and the powers that be at MX Sports AND the FIM. There was nothing new in the latest batch of class clarifications from the FIM, which means the answer (for now) is pretty much the same as it has been for the last several years. I did, however, think the line about continuing discussions with the manufacturers about two-strokes was interesting.
I think there could (and should) be a way to fix the classes and have dissimilar engine types race together competitively. Sports car racing figured it out. So did drag racing. MX should be able to do the same. Going up to 450cc for four-strokes (in what was then the 250 class) made sense when the rules were first constructed. Now? Maybe not so much.