News 21 May 2015

Honda to be replaced as Moto2 engine supplier in 2019?

Tender process will officially open at the end of this year.

Source: MotoGP.

Source: MotoGP.

The FIM and Dorna will launch a tender process for the supply of engines for the Moto2 World Championship in 2019 and beyond after recently announcing Honda Racing Corporation will remain in place through the 2018 season.

Honda has been the sole engine supplier in a the single-make class since its introduction in 2010, however it’s understood that HRC cannot guarantee the production of its current motor following the next three years.

That’s opened up the tender process for 2019 and beyond, which will see the class retain its single-make engine regulations, but it will almost certainly be with a new Honda engine or one from an alternate manufacturer.

Honda won the initial tender over Yamaha ahead of the Moto2 debut season in 2010, but both Kawasaki and Suzuki also currently offer competitive 600cc engines in their sportsbike line-up. KTM has also expressed interest in supplying the category’s engines in the past.

According to a statement released by the FIM and Dorna, the first target is to ensure the class remains accessible and affordable, while offering a level playing field for teams and riders. The actual tender process will commence at the end of the year.