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Cycle News 2019 Issue 10 March 12

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P122 CN III IN THE PADDOCK BY MICHAEL SCOTT W hat is the collective noun for trumpets? It is a "flourish." But there's a new one this year, spawned by our own dear world championships. A gridful. From the first race of the year at Qatar, the Triumphs have joined the Moto2 party, with all the thrill of a big brass band. This has the portents of an important moment. Moto2 is the middle class of grand prix racing, and should be a rung on the ladder towards the premier class. That is how it used to be back in the days of ring-a-ding two- strokes. They were double the size and cylinder numbers of the starter 125 class, and half ditto the premier 500 class. But with the 500s gone to Mo- toGP, and the 125s themselves doomed in the near future, the quarter-liters were consigned to the smokey annals of history at the end of 2009. At the same time, the halfway house status was abandoned. Instead of doubled-up Moto3 250s, or bisected MotoGP 1000s, and in the wake of the world financial melt-down, Dorna instead opted for cost-saving. The middle class would use A GRIDFUL OF TRUMPETS A new era of Moto2 has begun.

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