I think that’s going to make adoption in Europe a little harder. Where there is four cycle action in Europe, the GX series is already in place and people seem to be happy enough with them. In the US, folks were fed up with clones’ (At least on pavement) constant rule changes and engine disparity. It was out of those frustrations, along with the need for something simple and low maintenance that the demand for the 206 came up.
In the UK and Ireland, Briggs have a perception challenge they have to overcome following the (Mostly racer inflicted) crank failures that occurred with the World Formula.
I can say that in Ireland, a lot folk’s first exposure to the 206 package was paired with a brand new CRG chassis with a retail price to match. Needless to say, the reception was luke warm. The idea of spending as much as two or three used TaG type karts on something the speed of a rental kart was pretty alien to them. So the benefits of the 206 were lost at that point.
It’ll take some time for people to come around and understand the benefits. Some first adopters will have to be found to seed things. Others will see the benefits of it and it will gain some legs.
Overall, what I’ve always liked about the 206 (and in general Dave Klaus’) approach is that it’s a long term play, karting needs as many of these as we can get.