Don't play with fire
So there is lots of chit chat over what the new 250cc class is going to be, with a proposal coming forth at the weekend for 600cc four-cylinder, four-stroke engines to replace the 250cc twin cylinder two-strokes.
Many have thrown their arms up in horror at such a possibility, especially as many say it is pie in the sky to make a four-stroke engine for the outline figure of 200,000 euros - 300,000 euros a bike. Quite how this adds up against the 4.5 million euros that the Polaris World team are paying this year as a total budget figure, one cannot equate!
Gabor Talmasci wins a wild 125cc race at Assen for Aprilia © DPPI
But this is where people need to be careful and not have too much of a puffed-out chest attitude. I did say back in this column in April 2007 that if Aprilia were not able to lease out their bikes then things could get messy: