Dorna Press Release: Honda To Continue To Supply Moto2 Engines Through 2018

Honda have been officially confirmed as the single engine supplier for the Moto2 class for another four years. Honda will make engines available to Externpro, who manage the official Moto2 engines, until the end of the 2018 season.

The confirmation of Honda as official engine supplier means that Moto2 is to remain a single engine class until at least 2018. The chances of it changing after that are very slim, despite occasional expressions of interest from other manufacturers, such as KTM. Any proposal to introduce competition in engine supply meets with immediate opposition from the team, who are very keen on the single Moto2 engine. They believe it radically reduces costs - competing in Moto2 is significantly cheaper than contesting the Moto3 championship - and it eliminates one variable from the competition equation. Teams do not have to worry about choosing an engine supplier, and being stuck with an underperforming engine all season. 

The official press release appears below:

Honda to continue to power Moto2™ racing through 2018

Honda Motor Corporation, in continued collaboration with Spanish company ExternPro, will remain as the official Moto2™ engine supplier for the next three years extending until 2018.

Since its inauguration in 2010 as the replacement for the 250cc two-stroke intermediate class, Moto2™ has run a single specification Honda CBR 600cc engine. Amongst the aims of the category are driving chassis evolution and developing rider talent and the class continually produces great racing, helping to prepare riders for MotoGP™.

From 2013, ExternPro, part of the Parque Tecnólogico de MotorLand Aragon, have been preparing the engines for competition, ensuring reliability and taking care of enigne maintenance. The three-year extension agreement will see ExternPro-prepared Honda engines featured in Grand Prix competition until at least the end of 2018.

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta commented: “Moto2™ has been a success from the start, and just continues to get better! Honda has been our sole engine supplier since the inaugural race in 2010 and I am extremely pleased that we will continue to use its machinery for the next three years. The Honda engine has not only proved an exciting addition to the paddock, but has also been a technically very reliable asset, which is extremely important in motorsports. I would also like to welcome ExternPro on board, who have so far done a very good job during pre-season testing, and will no doubt continue to do so throughout the next three seasons."

Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice-President added: "The Moto2 category continues to advance and prepare riders for the premier class and Honda are very happy to support this class for a further 3 years. Together with ExternPro and Dorna we will continue to work hard to provide the best equipment for this class"".

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Is the engine also going to be the same 600 it's always been? I'm rapidly losing interest in Moto2, it's just a spec class now and it shows. :/

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta commented: “Moto2™ has been a success from the start, and just continues to get better"

Moto 2 did start well but its now totally stagnated and the future doesn't look bright to me as the Kalex becomes a control bike.

I'd like to see;
any 600cc engine In line, V4
675cc triple, again in line or V3

Must be a homologated engine that sells at least 1000 units per annum. Superstock tuning only, control ECU with max 17,000 rev limit will keep horse power in check.

Chassis as per current rules but a maximum of 8 bikes by any chassis supplier.

This is World Championship racing, 'cheap' shouldn't be the only driver behind the regulations. Moto 2 is in serious danger of becoming completely irrelevant long before 2018 :(

Lets see an FTR Yamaha take on a Kalex Honda with Zarco hounding the life out of both of them on a Suter Triumph whilst Ant West comes round the outside on the Tigcraft MZ Agusta.

Love it.

And what about an 850 twin motor too?

I see several perspecyives and also appreciate the soec motor deal. It has been successful in keeping costs down, grid full (especially during 5 years of a very difficult economic time), and a focus on the riders. In an optimal world I agree 100% with your any engine format. Heck, if given a pen and the MotoGP rulebook, right after undoing the fuel and # of enhine restrictions the FIRST thing I would do is open up the rules to allow any number of cylinders, layout, 2 strokes...anything. Prototypes.

Real world though, in Moto2 the issue that sticks out for me is that there has not become much interesting variety of bikes outside of the supplied engine. I really anticipated a large number of smaller builders getting bikes together not as a 'product' offerred but as a project to race. Look at all the race bike builders that could be involved but aren't! That strikes me as a more prominent issue than the motor and while I understand the conservative inclinations of riders and teams as 'customers' to insist on getting the package most likely to win, the structural underpinnings of teams being 'customers' rather than smaller scale autonomous race projects has a solution that I can't fathom. The low tech cheap motor itself isn't enough to make the class fertile soil for a diversified bike builders battle.

Perhaps now with MotoGP rules for 2016 taking shape and the global economic downturn improving we have the luxury of the next era of Moto2 taking shape.

Idea: with a full grid what of Dorna makes the slowest (x) number of grid slots from any given chassis builder avail to teams running a different bike? "The fastest 8 teams from each get to stay"?

Biggest success of Moto2? Facilitating the transition into the "Moto2 style" of loose riding and bar bashing suplanting the "wheels in line polite parade."

As an interim measure to boost grid sizes and create an affordable category of racing, Moto 2 was quite a good idea. It was even better that instead of 2011 the introduction of the category was advanced to 2010. Initially as the category was seeing some technical advances there was excitement, there is no denying that. I still like the fact that it has minimal electronics and probably gives riders the best chance to prove their abilities. But I am sure the same thing can be done with the involvement of more manufacturers as well. I guess Dorna's logic is that if you let competition come, in the form of different engine manufacturers then costs will get pushed up. But I cannot understand how Moto 3 and MotoGP costs can go up while it is sacrosanct to keep the costs of Moto 2 as they are. I understand that the world has not come out of the economic recession totally and therefore teams would like to keep the costs down and so Dorna will support them, but why this in one category only?

I still think running World Superbikes as Superstock and MotoGP as WSS will make sense. In the whole of WSBK there are far too many categories of racing. Some rationalising of categories between the two series is probably the solution, but then I guess there will be no takers for my argument.

I believe the cost thing is a complete misnomer;
Top spec well set up super stock engine 5000€ max.

Allow three engines a season with 2 refreshes each.

We know from the 250 era that aprillia charged whatever they felt like as they were the only game in town. Kalex will go the same way - Dorna needs to stimulate competition, not stifle it....

Needless to say it would add some spice if different manufacturers were competing, but we need to listen to the needs of the Moto2 teams. We already have arms races in Moto3 and MotoGP - and the crux of the matter is that costs are spiraling and there's a shortage of money in the sport. Unless some way can be found to prevent the domination of fat wallets, perhaps it's best to leave Moto2 alone as a lower tech, single engine launch pad where young riders can develop their skills.
Bottom line: I could care less about technical development - and there's plenty in MotoGP anyway. Tight competitive racing is why people watch the sport. Few care overmuch what is hidden behind the fairings, and we get to learn very little about it anyway.

In that case I highly recommend the Transformers movies and the Robot Wars TV show.
Were you aware these machines can only sit on their stands in pit lane until one of the PC clone riders gets into the saddle? And that they make the difference between it going fast and less fast? And that they frequently break bones and sometimes lose their lives as they try to extract the best performance from these machines?

The gents above don't seem to understand the point of racing. It has nothing to do with technology development. If you want tech development, go watch the NASA and ESA live feed. Combustion engines are over a hundred years old and any progress is tiny and incremental. All this "development" does is drive costs up massively and restrict new entrants to the sport. Yes, that last word is very important: SPORT.

Motorsport is no different than any other sport. It just uses the most expensive equipment. Hockey is also expensive because it needs a rink and protective gear, but you don't see fans harping on for energized mech suits to help playes skate faster. They agree on a set of equipment, and stick with it for the sake of fair competition.

Motorsports need to grow out of this technology arms race mentality, and focus on accessibility. Hell, the switch to 4-strokes was a massive step back in reliability, power and performance. If we wanted progress, why switch to an inferior engine technology? Direction injection 2-strokes massively outperform 4-strokes of equal displacement. Yet, here we are on heavy inferior machinery.

Let's focus on the sport, and do away with any pretense at technological development, particularly at the lower classes. We can leave MotoGP as a technological free for all, but Moto3 and Moto2 should be on fully spec machinery to develop the best riders for MotoGP.

Racing has everything to do with technology.

It's the reason why nobody watches Moto2 while everybody watches MotoGP.

Time and time again it has been proven that spec racing is completely uninteresting above a certain level.

If you don't watch Moto2 and Moto3, you're missing out on the best racing in the world. Hell, add in WSS to that list as well. Unbelievable racing.

Maybe it's just different strokes... I'm an engineer and I couldn't care less about the technology. I mean it's cool, but if I was given the choice between having a grid of 6 super exotic bikes versus a grid of 25 spec bikes, I'd take the spec every time. The reason is simple: I'm more interested in the rider's skills than an engineering company's ability to marginally push a mature technology.

Want cutting edge tech? Go look at the Falcon 9 Reusable rocket with drag fins and a robotic recovery/refueling platform. Go look at non Von-Neumann memristor computing architectures. Go look at EMC2's Polywell pb-11 fusion reactor. These things are the real sci fi technology of the future that are almost here.

Pneumatic valve engines? Give me a break. They'll never be practical outside of racing, and they'll be replaced by electric bikes in 10 years anyway.

To me, it'll always be about the heroes riding these fearsome machines at the risk of their lives, pushing themselves to edges of human ability. That's something I will never find boring.

Both avoid the limits of springs. Which one is better?

Which uses less power to run? Which provides better control? Which is easier to work on?

I do watch all of that. However, as it shows time and time again, the more a series moves to spec the more boring it becomes. Moto3 has three different manufacturers, the bikes all look different and have different strengths and weaknesses. That's what people want to see. It makes for great racing.

Moto2 is a spec series next year, and in 2014 it was the most boring class of all. You want to know why? Evolution has stopped. The teams have figured out every little detail about the engine now. Chassis design is done, Kalex has won.

So not only is a spec series technologically uninteresting, it also makes for boring racing.

Don't kid yourself about the riveting nature of MotoGP. There have been many occasions when the second half of the race develops into a procession with the riders separated by several seconds - and that's when I start noodling away on the laptop. This rarely happens during the Moto2 action.
As for the technology - how much of it do we see? Or even know about, unless MM's undercover operatives sneak into HRC's HQ in the dead of night and reveal Mr Nakamoto's secrets.

It's an obvious question, but if none of the other manufacturers fancied it then maybe that's just the way things are for now. It will get very Kalex-y next year but it would be entirely possible for someone to come along and surprise them with a new chassis at some point - the natural ebb and flow of things over time.

The Moto2 model and Moto3 [cost] models are both working in their own way as there are decent grids for each, but if you look at Moto3 this year then both Honda and KTM have now shunned outside companies building chassis for them (witness the disappearance of FTR Hondas and Kalex KTMs) so it's not like there's massive innovation there with only three options on that grid for 2015. Spec racing works for Red Bull Rookies without too many complaints.

There's a balance to be had between controlling the regs so that several manufacturers/chassis builders are competitive, and opening them up too much and potentially allowing one a massive advantage [meaning the others drop out] - a tough challenge for any series organiser.