Every sport has its share of controversy, whether it involves a human athlete like the Olympics or motorsports like auto or motorcycle racing. Those controversies usually center around the rule book, in the Olympics it’s age rules or doping rules, they’re too young or they took some performance enhancing drugs, and in motorsports it might be a special engine modification or tire or weight restriction or aerodynamic shape. I have a suggestion for motorcycles that could eliminate controversy and apply across the board to many other sports, why not toss out the rules? Seriously. Let’s have at least one “unlimited” class that means exactly that, it has no limits. You specify the race circuit, the distance and for motorcycles say the vehicle must have 2 wheels. See you on race day.
The first obvious objection is cost, how many could compete in a no holds barred race? Not very many most likely but the factories race MotoGP and even with restrictions build motorcycles at astronomical cost, what is accomplished with a displacement limit, or for that matter, the number of tires used all weekend for the race or weight or anything else? The drop from 990cc to 800cc gave us faster bikes than before. Maybe the sweet spot is even smaller or larger or lighter or who knows?
Define the race, not the machine.
Maybe the engines should be 2 strokes again or rotaries or turbines or electric or hybrid. Run whatcha brung. You pretty much see this sort of thing at Bonneville and it’s primarily privateers.
If racing different types of motorcycles together seems dangerous, have a race for lap times. Remember, this is still on the same road courses as before, maybe the current MotoGP bikes are the best anyone can do, maybe not, but wouldn’t it be neat to know? Some factory prestige or bragging rights could propel a series like this.
Suppose some company builds an electric bike good for 30 or 40 miles and hires a Rossi or Spies to turn some fast laps. Could be interesting.
Some long distance auto races have become economy runs where when you make a pit stop could cost you the race or if you can get by on 2 instead of 3 stops you can win. When diesels started dominating recently in the LeMans series, they began adding weight to the class. Why? Why not let the diesels dominate until someone else figures out how to beat them? How about who is fastest wins? That sounds better to me.
The winning difference might be weight or tires or something besides the engine, too, who knows what someone might dream up. No rules sounds pretty good when you hear all of the latest dustup about the new AMA/DMG rules for the new classes or when someone who wins gets disqualified for some violation. I just think a no rules race would be interesting. How about you?