I’ve just read “Divide and Conquer” in the June issue. Very nice! The 250 Class in U.S. racing is amazing because you can see the experience of veterans versus the recklessness of wide-open kids on their way up. What’s not to love? Meanwhile, in Europe, the most useless and harmful rule ever ruins a lot of riders’ careers: the age limit in MX2. I wonder why the small-bore specialists can’t exist anymore. Some riders will never fit on a big bike due to body size or riding style. The amazing Alessio “Chicco” Chiodi’s three 125 world championships in a row is the example. He won at the age of 24, 25, and 26! Nowadays you must move up at 23 no matter what. Horrible rule in my opinion! Do you think this will ever get reassessed and changed?
Roby De Lazzari // Venice, Italy
Roby, thanks for the note. Personally, I never liked the under-23 rule, but I doubt it will change anytime soon. They believe it’s helped make the MXGP field deeper—and it certainly is loaded with talent right now, just like our 450 Class here in the U.S. Our 250 Class is stacked as well, but when I watched a couple of recent MX2 Grand Prix races, I only recognized a couple of the names. DC
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