When Formula One admitted four new teams a couple of years ago (and subsequently eliminated one before the season even started) it was a revolutionary expansion. Now its two-wheeled equivalent is looking to follow a similar path.

The MotoGP series – widely viewed as the pinnacle of motorcycle racing – has reportedly granted license for six teams currently in the second-tier Moto2 feeder series to join the premier MotoGP grid for next season.

The teams are Kiefer Racing, BQR/Blusens, Forward Racing, Marc VDS Racing, Interwetten Paddock GP and Speed Master. Each will be allowed one bike, as opposed to the two fielded by existing teams.

Now, unless you're the most hard-core motorcycle racing fan, chances are you haven't heard of any of these teams, but you may be familiar with names like Aprilia, Norton, Kawasaki and BMW. Each of these are touted as potential newcomers to the MotoGP grid next season as the new 1000cc regulations kick in. This ought to be interesting.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Jonathan Arena
      • 4 Years Ago
      It almost pains me to say this, because I am such a fan of automobiles, but it seems like moto GP is essentially what we purists wish F1 still was...
      another Dan
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the bikes retain their hp/L ratio. If they do, they'll have THREE-HUNDRED horsepower!
      Jeffrey Smith
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't feel that the 1000cc regulation is going to be a positive step, if they only allow production engines into prototype chassis they are just really creating a slight modification to WSBK. Its just going to be a competitor series and nothing special anymore. This cost cutting thing I understand, but at what real cost does it come at.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jeffrey Smith
        * The class will consist of three different formulas: the existing 800cc machines; some kind of factory 1000cc prototype machine; and a third, "Claiming Rule Team" bike, presumably built by the teams themselves and based on existing equipment. * MotoGP is to have a so-called "claiming rule", which usually means that one team can demand to be given certain specific parts of a race bike for a fixed fee. A claiming rule was first proposed for the engines in the Moto2 class, the point of which was to prevent teams from spending astronomical amounts on engines, by making them sell their very powerful engine to a rival team prepared to pay 20,000 euros. The rules confirm previous reports from Sepang that the MSMA - the body representing the manufacturers - wish to keep the 800cc formula, to allow them to get a few more years out of their existing investment in the class. These machines will be running up against factory prototypes with 1000cc, but the limited stroke should help maintain parity between the factory machines. To help keep the costs down for private entries - now apparently known as Claiming Rule Teams or CRTs - these bikes will be allowed more engines and - most crucially of all - more fuel to bring down the cost of development. Sticking more fuel into an engine is a simple and effective way of producing more power, and by limiting the factories while allowing the privateers more fuel, some kind of parity can be created at a limited cost.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that a strict 1000cc limit or is it 1000cc for I4 and 1200cc for v-twins? Seems ridiculous to kick out Ducati, Buell, and Aprilla.
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