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Dakar 2010: Future of the Rally with 45o ccm Motobikes.



The organizers of the Dakar Rally have announced that the motorcycle portion of the annual event will consist of 450cc four-strokes, beginning in 2010 with a grace period of one year in which the bigger bikes can still be used with restrictors.

The promoters of what is generally regarded as the biggest off-road race in the world say that the change will level the playing field in the motorcycle division.

Yamaha has already been fielding a 450 with top 10 results with David Fretigne, but the class has been dominated of late by the big bikes - first by BMW and lately by KTM. According to promoters, 450cc bikes made up 40 percent of the entries in the 2009 Dakar Rally. Although event organizers didn't come right out and say it, the 450s will also slow speeds enough to make the event safer for competitors.

Because a lot of the privateer Dakar racers already own the bigger twins, the 2010 Dakar will be open to both 450s and the bigger bikes, though the twins will be restricted by a method not yet decided upon. It will, however, be provided by the rally organization, a release from the promoters states. The organizers have also stated that possible winners of the event will be forced to ride 450cc motorcycles in 2010 and will not have the grace period that the privateers will get.

2009/06/04 | 09:27 CET | Editor: MR/HS/http://www.cyclenews.com






















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