A rule change for 2020 will see 250cc 2-Strokes competing in the Maxxis MX2 class. The 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 ACU 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 team managers at the Blaxhall event, the proposal was discussed at length and there was no negative feedback.
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 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
This change to the ruling will have no impact on the Maxxis MX2 Youth class as the machine capacities will remain unchanged.
The change would be good for riders like Brad Anderson who races his 250cc two-stroke in the Maxxis MX1 series but struggles against the power of the 450s.