Hopefully this will bring in different manufacturers to the grid.
first the 500s, then just recently the 250s, now the 125s.... I dunno about you guys but ever since the switch to 4strokes, the grids have been getting depleted. The motogp grid is so tiny, sure the moto2 grid is large this year, but just wait till next year, it's going to shrink because of the costs, just like the motogp did. To replace the 250s which were pure flat out racing machines with those slow slugs overweight cbr600 street engines was just, arggghhhh You could have bought a production 250 racer for 20grand and race in the 250 class back in the day (sure you would be a backmarker, but at least it got you out there), those moto2 engines cost 90,000euro just to lease for a year. Then you still need a chassis.
ah well, everything is going to be electric bikes in the near future anyways.
How about a little insert into the thread saying "RUMOUR"?
All speculation so far based on DN's observation and a lack of info from DORNA?
A little premature to put the hatchett into the back of 125cc racing isn't it?
Personally I'd like to see 350cc four strokes weighing about 200lb's - fun times.
What you are going to end up seeing most likely is 4stroke 250cc singles in a similar format as moto2 I bet, control engine with custom chassis They have been building these in japan for the past 5 years, moriwaki, harc pro, etc for the GP-Mono series that runs with the japanese superbike series. Just like the MD250 cup in the USA which has big honda money backing it. Slightly slower and heavier than the 125 2strokes but similar chassis dimensions as you can see in the pics below.
RS125R 125cc 2stroke single
MD250 250cc 4stroke single (crf250x engine)
HP250RF 250cc 4stroke single (crf250x engine)