Members divided over plan to reintroduce two-stroke bikes
Attempts to promote two-stroke bikes are being greeted with mixed feelings among Bermuda Motocross Club (BMC) members.
The BMC has revised its constitution and racing rules, paving the way for 125cc and 250cc two-stroke bikes to compete in a class of their own for the first time in several years during the upcoming season.
Association president Jonathan Trott told
The Royal Gazette that the revisions have resulted in a spike of entries in the two-stroke classes.
“There has been an influx of members particularly in the 125cc two stroke class,” he said. “And we think it’s a good thing because there’s nothing like the two-stroke motocross bike as we know in Bermuda is a real scrambler.”
However, a BMC member, who spoke under condition of anonymity, shed a different light on the issue.
“If anything there has been a decrease in two-stroke bikes due to the more advanced four-stroke bikes,” the BMC member said. “Four-stroke bikes have become so much advanced in recent years that you are at a disadvantage with a two-stroke bike.”
The start of the 2012 season has been delayed by months amid claims of internal bickering over the BMC’s revised constitution and the slow progress in the restoration of the race track at Southside, St David’s.
Trott admitted that his regime did encounter “constitutional challenges” but insisted the restoration of the race track had nothing to do with the delayed start of the season.
“The track was completed by January but because we did not have a proper constitution that was up to date we elected to set the actual bible of the motocross club straight,” he added. “The constitution was outdated and rule books did not corporate the style and classification of motocross bikes of the day, and so we had to clean up a lot of mess before we could proceed in a way that a motocross club should be run.”
The track at Southside was relaid by Correia Construction who pumped thousands of dollars into the project after the previous track had been deemed unsafe.
“We really appreciate what Correia Construction have done for us,” Trott said. “Dennis Correia redid the whole track for us and provided us with machinery, trucking and manpower to make it happen. They also provided us with a world class watering system and we are very grateful for that.”
The newly dubbed Correia Construction Championship Race Series finally commences on Sunday at Southside where riders in as many as 11 classes will compete for bragging rights.
“We are ready to get started and put on a good show for our fans,’” Trott said. “I think our crowd attendance is going to be a lot better than in the past racing in the warmer conditions.
“However, the riders will have to get much fitter to sustain themselves in the warmer conditions.”
This year’s series will also feature the new super mini class which will see riders compete on modified 85cc bikes.