The ACU Motocross Committee has decided to end the restriction on 250cc 2-strokes competing in the Maxxis MX2 British Championship ahead for the 2020 season.
This decision to give parity for 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines echoes what has happened previously in the Netherlands. It seems that the idea has been in consideration since 2018 and in the wake of recent shrinking grid sizes in the MX2 category, this looks like a good decision for the future of the series. It is also another step forward for 2-stroke racing and may see the likes of Brad Anderson and other EMX2t competitors fill the category.
Read the ACU statement on this below:
With the 2019 Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship currently at the halfway stage planning is already in place for the 2020 season. At the recent ACU Motocross Committee the decision was made to lift the restriction on 250cc 2-Strokes competing in the Maxxis MX2 class from 2020 onwards.
For the 2020 season the Machine capacity for the Maxxis MX2 class will be:
Bikes over 120cc up to 250cc for 2-stroke engines and over 175cc up to 250cc 4-stroke engines
The proposal has been in consideration since the 2018 season with the Motocross Committee keen to monitor the class for the past two seasons and now feel that with the increased costs of machines and the desire to keep the championship affordable for all it was the correct time to make the change in 2020.
At a recent meeting held with the Team Manager at the Blaxhall event the proposal was discussed at length and there was no negative feedback from the Managers that were present at the time.
ACU Motocross Chairman and Maxxis Championship Race Director, Steve McCauley commented “Back in 2017 we introduced for 2018 a new ruling which allowed 250 2 stroke machines to have a choice of competing in either the MX1 or MX2 classes. This freedom of choice had never been given to any other capacity of motorcycle. The exception to this was the Maxxis MX2 class which was restricted to the pre 2018 ruling. This was done to allow the MX Committee to monitor this radical change and gain feedback and comment from Industry Teams and riders. Now two years down the line we feel the time is right to allow this to migrate into the main British Championship for the reasons as outlined. We shall of course monitor this and hopefully it will be successful. If for any reason, there are unforeseen issues we will look at it again and make a balanced judgement. We firmly believe that we must try new ideas and progress the sport wherever possible, we also believe that by making and announcing our decisions a long time in advance it gives everyone fair notice to plan accordingly.”
This change to the ruling will have no impact on the Maxxis MX2 Youth class as the machine capacities will remain unchanged.