Originally Posted by ArthDuro
Well all I have to say is that it is exciting to have someone else stepping into the game. I think it is good for the sport and us as spectators.
The 450cc rule in FIM rallies has levelled/broadened the alternatives for competitive mounts/manufacturers... to date it is KTM, Aprilia and the Husqvarna/BMW/Speedbrain effort who have stepped up at a manufacturer support level, which has been a big plus for the depth of competition in the sport.
The YME/YMF (semi-factory) and WRF/YZF JVO kit alternatives (along with various privateer efforts etc.), as well as a variety of HONDA (CRF/X) incarnation bikes from various semi-privateer teams, have meant that both the team blue
and red riders
have been represented well over the last couple seasons on rally start lines...
But as there has not been a lot of activity from other japanese or euro manufacturers - apart from the occassional "one off special" here and there... the whole Bordone Ferrari
team effort and it's commitment to the project, seems like a great positive step for the sport!