According to the article, the Ninja class would be geared towards 12-15 year-old riders
and incorporate a 450cc engine conversion*, while the XR1200 class would undoubtedly bring even more controversy to the organization already accused of favoring domestic bikes. "The Harley category is quite clearly because we think it's ludicrous that that the largest selling brand in this country and the largest body of motorcyclists in this country are totally ignored when it comes to road racing," explains Edmondson. "Those folks need a reason to buy tickets and help support our events."
The article cites Edmondson's meetings with Japanese manufacturers earlier in the week, and the proposed spec classes might have a whole new meaning if bike builders decide to follow suit with Honda's departure. Ninjas and XR1200s could offer exciting racing, but the political tumult draws attention from bikes and riders, begging the question as to how many more twists and turns are in store for the embattled world of AMA racing.
Source: Cycle News
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* An earlier version of this post suggested that the Ninja class might involve a 450cc engine swap. That information was incorrect (as pointed out by commenter Mick); the possible 450cc racer is a different bike.
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