Jul 6, 2009
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GPTech has joined Pilot as title sponsors for the exciting new F450 class. The F450 class is comprised of bikes powered by up to 450cc dirtbike motors. The GPTech sponsorship program that has been established means that there will be $30,000 of purse available to competitors in this class. The program encompasses the remainder of the 2009 season, and the entire 2010 race season. Each round will have up to $2000 available for the winning!
GPTech's website () has full details on how to build one of these race bikes using many parts that are proudly produced in the USA at the GPTech facility. Many of these bikes can be built affordably by the average racer for around $8k, and that includes the donor bike. Or, if you don't have time to build one yourself, and just want to buy a turn-key bike, that can also be provided by GPTech.
In addition to the new sponsor, the rules for the class have been tweaked to allow more bikes to be eligible for the class. The underlying rule will remain that the bikes must be powered by a single cylinder dirt-bike motor that is not larger than 450cc. Bikes may now use GP chassis or custom (Spondon, Tigcraft, etc) frames may be used to house the thumper powerplant. The bikes must all be fully faired roadrace machines and must conform to all of the technical specifications as outlined in the USGPRU rulebook. For full details, visit the USGPRU website. ()