TwoStroke Institute wrote: HRC could have done the same thing but chose not to(remember Katoh's twin crank NSR anyone)
Actually, remember the twin-crank NSR from the year before? The one that was such a dog that a privateer RS250 motor in a TSR frame
was a superior bike? And Yamaha ran 1-2.
(The TSR heritage is why I'm happy to see the Motobi out there).
Katoh's winning bike was a face-saving exercise and it dominated because of Katoh.
The fact that a 250 chassis package cost about the same 100k€ as an FTR moto2 chassis is not the issue: there were plenty of good handling
250 chassis. The problem was that the RSA motor was streets ahead. If there had been a control 250 motor that could have been bolted into an Aprilia,
Honda or Yamaha chassis(*), I'd reckon there would have been no monopoly on winning chassis.
It seems to be working in Moto2 for the moment: you're as likely to see a Kalex, Moriwaki or FTR at either the top or bottom of the time sheet.
Sure, I think that running an IL4 600 is a bit of a shame since it looks bulky and it's common as dirt (give 'em SV650 motors!),
but the general idea of giving everyone the same hp seems a good solution for e feeder class.
Getting rid of the Dunlops would be nice though... partly to see if the better chassis could compensate for the extra hp the WSS bikes have.
(*) conceptually... obviously building a motor where you could swap the chain from left to right would pose some technical difficulties