A Swiss company, Marilley Motosport, has designed and built a 125cc entry level racer called the Formula Bike. Its purpose is to give young racers the chance to prepare for racing in the higher level classes and also to be a very accessible level of racing for the non professional. The initial version is a 40+ horsepower 2 stroke available in March of 2008 eventually to be transitioned to a 4 stroke by 2010.
The Formula Bike sports 14 inch wheels front and rear on a tube frame with an aluminum swingarm. Price is quoted as 8500 Euros.
There seems to be growing interest in small displacement motorcycles at reasonable prices for entry level racing, something less costly and more manageable than jumping on to a 120+ horsepower 600cc racer. The formula bike is similar in concept to the 450cc dirt bike based racer from Gavin Trippe.
The company is working to organize a Formula Bike World Cup series to showcase these bikes and the racers who ride them.