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The FIM Motocross World Championship series was created in 1957 with a class for motorcycles with a maximum of 500cc capacity; a 250cc class was added five years later and a championship for 125cc machines in 1975.
As the sport entered the 21st century it became clear that technical development required a modification of the traditional class structure and since the 2003 season the premier MXGP series has been open to two-stroke motor cycles with an engine size between 176cc and 250cc or four-strokes between 291cc and 450cc; within a couple of years the four-stroke motorcycles established their pre-eminence and it is now rare for a two-stroke machine to participate. The MX2 class for four-strokes between 197cc and 250cc or two-strokes of 101cc to 125cc provides a stepping-stone to the "class of kings". In 2008 a Women’s World Championship (WMX) was added; this series races at six GPs and contestants use MX2 machinery. In each GP category riders contest two races (motos), each of 30 minutes plus two laps duration, and the first 20 finishers in each moto score points. The Grand Prix winner is the rider with the greatest combined points total from the two motos; in the case of a tie the better placing in the final moto is decisive. Riders must be at least 16 years of age in the MXGP class and 15 in MX2; an MX2 champion may only defend the title once and the series is restricted to riders who have not attained their 23rd birthday by January 1 of each respective year. There is no upper age limit in WMX and each moto has a duration of 20 minutes plus two laps.Kawasaki’s involvement in the FIM Motocross World Championship dates back as far as 1972 when the Swede Olle Pettersson was signed as development rider in the 250cc class and two years later Kawasaki also officially entered the 500cc class with his compatriot Christer Hammargren. After several near-misses Kawasaki finally secured its first world title when Stefan Everts won the 250cc series, then the "premier" class, in 1995, and Sebastien Tortelli followed this by taking the title three years later, the French teenager having already clinched the 125cc title in 1996. This honour was repeated in 2002 by Mickael Maschio. Livia Lancelot won the initial WMX world title for Kawasaki and DRT Kawasaki’s Courtney Duncan is the current champion.Six major manufacturers enter official teams in the premier off-road world series, and Kawasaki is a major player, having secured medals as a manufacturer ten times during the last decade with numerous GP victories annually throughout the same period.
MX2 is one of two principal classes in the FIM Motocross World Championship and caters for machinery from 125cc two-strokes to 250cc four-strokes although now the class is almost exclusively four-stroke machines.
It also features an age restriction allowing participation for riders under the age of 23 years old with the minimum age being 15 years old. The 2020 season will consist of 20 rounds. Europe will host 16 rounds of the series, with the 4 rounds in either South America or Asia.Notable Kawasaki success in the class includes titles for Sebastien Tortelli (1996), Mickeal Maschio (2002) and Christophe Pourcel (2006). For the 2020 season Kawasaki teams and riders in this class are particularly strong and much is expected from teams and fans alike this year.
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