MotoGP bosses set for more 1000cc talks in Sepang

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The introduction of a new 1000cc capacity limit for the 2012 MotoGP world championship campaign will be further discussed at this week’s Sepang test session in Malaysia.

MotoGP bosses thrashed out an agreement before Christmas to abandon the current 800cc four-stroke class in favour of a 1000cc capacity rule to be implemented in 2012.

The move comes to slash the high cost to compete in MotoGP while also encouraging a larger field, with a 1000cc limit opening the door for the likes of BMW and Aprilia to enter the premier class.

The plans will be further debated in Malaysia this week, with representatives from Dorna, the Motorcycle Sport Manufacturers Association and the International Race Teams Association holding talks.

It is understood the MSMA will report further on details of proposed rules for the new class, with Dorna hoping to have technical regulations in place for the new class in the early stages of the 2010 campaign.

IRTA president and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal said: “There is no doubt that there is unanimous support for the 1000cc change and the talks in Sepang will just be an update, particularly from the side of the MSMA.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt