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Good AMA Editorial by John Ulrich of RoadRacing world Magazine

Kind of a long read, but addresses a lot of current issues in ama racing.

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bring back 250 GP bikes

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We all know what's going on here don't we, the Japanese have recognised that 99% of the top 'MotoGP' riders have graduated from 125 / 250. They, more than any other nation want to see their riders at the top of the premier class so are doing what's required to 'breed' new talent in the form of knowlegable GP riders of the future.

Here in the UK our top championship was amongst the first to drop 250 from their program as they thought it was a dying class. (with the talk of 500cc 'mini motoGP' bikes 'GP2') Now with 250 in the GP calender till (at least) 2011 they (250's) seem to have proven to the Japanese at least, to be a far more viable proposition as a No1 support class than 'GP2'.

The general consensus is that the proposed GP2 would be almost as costly as MotoGP to develop and run so the question would be, who would be prepared to raise that kind of money to run in a 'second string' championship when 250's are 'realatively' cheap to run at world level and already out there? On the cost front, any team with sufficient funding to run a 'GP2' team might as well lease a bike from one of the factories and at least be part of the blue riband class.

Whilst top 250's are nothing like cheap to run (I've heard of figures like 60,000 to lease a 250RSV Aprillia for a year([and thats without forks and wheels] this would be as nothing to the cost of designing, developing and running a four stroke twin cylinder GP bike from scratch. On top of that, if it's not competitive, watch all your sponsors "run for the hills".

With all this in mind I believe 250 GP's will be with us for the forseable future at world level and the Japanese have, without doubt, identified this as a route to finding another Shinya Nakano / Tady' Okada etc.

Let's just hope the other national governing bodies (US, UK & European) wake up and see what's going on and put our class back where it belongs and give the paying spectators at national championship level an idea of what's going on at the world championship. This will also give our top riders a chance to progress to the Moto GP level and compete with the best instead of vanishing into the "pit" of Supersport / Superbike obscurity.

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