IIRC they took a R1 as a jumping off point to make a 990 cc motogp bike .It didnt pass prototype rules.
technically not a prototype because of its origins but far from the original design . I think it had non stock firing order, frame pistons ,(obviously) , almost no stock parts lol
ya the early prototypes used all prototype parts, but it was like a NASCAR engine is to a small block chevy/ford/dodge, the parts will bolt down to each other but the similarity ends there. Anyhow I guess they had some casting problems in the early days so they used "production" R1 barrels for a couple of races. Which promted the FIM to make it's first official attendance in more than 10 fucking years so they could show up and disqualify some guys that were coming dead fucking last anyways.
forgive the language, I'm more than a little passionate about it. That was a good team that thru lack of sponsorship/sponsor friendly riders, went from world title contenders, to being run out of the paddock in... 3 years? 5 if you count the full drain spiralling with the "V6" that Blata was gonna build for them.
I really have mixed feelings on changing the rules just now tho. It's something I'd have to sit down and look at some numbers before I pulled the trigger. On one hand I can see changing it to allow some fresh blood into the class, on the other hand, that fresh blood is going to be thoroughly stomped by the Yamaha and Ducati bikes anyways, and not many people are going to sign up and fork out to get their ass kicked in the top class when there's no sponsorship money in it. In F1 even backmarker teams make damned good money. Not so in MotoGP.
Cost controlling measures? there's no such thing, you make the rules and the teams will spend the same amount just in different places. The budgets never ever go down. Best case scenario to "level the field" is to leave the fucking rulebook alone and let the big spenders start to run into the wall of diminishing returns, the 990's were just getting there when they got cancelled. 800's will presumably start to get their shortly (Simoncelli's 250gp qualifying time in Germany would have put him on the front row for the 800 race.)
But really, by leaving it alone you're protecting the guys that are in the sport but not quite competative.... at the moment, that really is just Suzuki, Kwacker are already out, KR and WCM are long gone, the privateer Hondas will always be privateer Honda's, they don't do shit for developement work for themselves. The "wildest" developement I ever saw there was Pons stuffing 01 NSR500 engines in '00 chassis becuase he felt HRC had made a wrong turn in '01. His results vindicated him IMO but that's off topic. So is it worth leaving the rules stagnant to help out a single team that really should be running for the damned hills? The fact that the Yosh GSXR's have been able to give the Suzuki GP effort a very honest run for it's money at Laguna (on race tires, no Q's in AMA) I think shows just the level of "commitment" that Suzuki are putting forth in GP. Or the skill of their team. Either way, I don't think they're gonna stick around much longer.
Meanwhile, the mass exodus to WSBK continues. 2 new manufacturers this year, full grids at every race. What does next season hold?