News 18 Nov 2011

Team Gresini confirms CRT entry with FTR Moto using Honda engine

Team San Carlo Honda Gresini will join forces with British bikes manufacturers FTR Moto as they embark on a new adventure as a CRT (Claiming Rules Team) in the MotoGP World Championship in 2012.

The new FTR MGP12 machine will assemble an Honda CBR1000R engine and will begin testing soon with a rider soon to be announced as the team embarks on the necessary technical development ahead of the new campaign.

“It is a source of great satisfaction that we have reached an agreement with FTR Moto to take part in the new MotoGP series, CRT,” Fausto Gresini said. “The battle between the Claiming Rule Teams will be an exciting one and we are entering it with great enthusiasm.

“Our willingness to take part was always based on the condition that we had the right technical partner and with FTR Moto and a Honda CBR 1000R engine we believe we can build a competitive bike for this new category.

“It is a new adventure that appeals to our racing spirit and it could prove to be the future of MotoGP. We will work our hardest and I am sure we will have great results together.”

FTR Moto CEO Steve Bones is equally as excited for the season ahead with Gresini.

“We are absolutely delighted to start up a partnership with Team San Carlo Honda Gresini and to join them on a new adventure in MotoGP,” he said. “Team Gresini have shown over the years that they are technically competent, as their numerous successes prove, and we are sure that will continue alongside FTR on this new adventure.

“The growing interest in the new MotoGP CRT category is exciting for all of us and we can’t wait to get on track as soon as possible to start developing the bike and breaking new technical boundaries.”

Gresini will also field Alvaro Bautista on a regular MotoGP Honda RC213V during the season.