The KNMV (Koninklijke Nederlands Motorrijders Vereniging) has decided to change the Motocross Championship rules for 2018:
All MX1 and MX2 classes will change the name. MX1 will become “450cc” and will be open for 2-stroke as well as 4-stroke engines (parity). MX2 will become “250cc” and will also be open for 2-stroke as well as 4-stroke engines (parity).
All the other classes, from 50cc up to 125cc, will be exclusively 2-stroke engines.
Rinze Bremmer, KNMV: “It is important to keep the sport affordable for all the classes; the decision goes in the right direction”.
“I think its a good decision to even up the cc for two and four strokes, also for the manufacturers”, commented the multichampion Jeffrey Herlings. “In the past riders like Carmichael could be competitive with a 2 stroke but because of the development of the 4 stroke engine the difference is to big now. With this decision the two- and for strokes will be much more competitve”
FIM Europe will continue also in 2018 and in the years to come to accept 2-stroke as well as 4-stroke engines in the successful 250cc class.
Eddie Herd, Chairman of the European Motocross Commission: “It is clear that we will go on with the concept of parity. Riders and teams will have the possibility to choose between 2-strokes and 4-strokes.”
In the photo above, from the left Rinze Bremmer, KNMV, Martijn Spliethof, KNMV, Martin de Graaff, 1st Vice President FIM Europe, Jeffrey Herlings. Photo ©E. Laurijssen