MotoGP » FB Corse: Hopkins still part of MotoGP project

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Sibbz - Unregistered

January 18, 2010 10:03 AM

Please someone explain the thinking behind this project. What a waste of money the engine development must have been now they will be increasing capacity to 1000cc and four cylinders so the three cylinder will be in the bin in two years or maybe as little as twelve months if the teams agree they want it bringing forward a year as Ezpeleta mentioned. Not to forget the frame would need a total redevelopment also for the new regs engine.
This the exact reason why the grid is so small because small teams looking to join the grid cannot because of the costs involved and the unsurity of weather rules will change between devolpment and the bike being ready.

Sibbz - Unregistered

January 18, 2010 10:10 AM

This bike must have been in development for the last few years and just as it becomes race ready the rules change and the bike will be obsolete within 2 saesons at the most. I think Dorna should refund their development costs and once and for all leave the rules alone and then it may encourage more smaller outfits to produce their own bikes to boost the grid numbers without having the fear of wasting millions building a bike that, when it's finished and ready to race, is no longer within the rules of the sport.

And Breath :)

gixxer - Unregistered

January 18, 2010 10:12 AM

what a waste of time motogp is, unless you have rossi you arnt going to win. I only watch gps for to see the genuis that is rossi without him gp's are on there ****. superbike is the future. hopper stick to sbk and not another ilmor


January 18, 2010 3:18 PM


My thoughts exactly. FB Corse is a total waste with the new engine change. Unfortunately they have been working on the engine well before the change and are too far down the line to give it up now. Surely they won't be able to get a return on their investment in the 800cc engine. Hopefully they will have the funds to develop a 1000cc and can use some of what they will learn with the 800cc.


I for one will be glad when Rossi retires so he can take you and all the other fair weather whining fans with him. No, FB Corse won't win but with the spirit of making your own prototype and racing against the manufactures I have to tip my hat to.

MaDawgsCrackbaby - Unregistered

January 18, 2010 4:55 PM

The biggest waste of money in this project would be to have "NO" Hopper (see what I did there) on the bike.
John should stick to taking in the days with his old pals Jack and Jim before he gets hurt worse

Jodas - Unregistered

January 19, 2010 3:00 AM

This is all too suspicious. Wonder if FB Corse needs Hopkins to be committed to conceptually so they can get more funding. If word gets out that Hopkins is not onboard, then they will end up down the drain.

Hopkins is probably just using common sense by setting things up with M4 in the AMA, because he knows the probability of the FB Corse deal happening is remote. Looks like both parties got their wires crossed on WHAT and WHEN they were suppose to communicate to the press.

Hopkins in AMA on M4 is my bet.

mike hunt - Unregistered

January 19, 2010 1:20 PM

IIRC the BMW project was originally a 990cc bike and its been downsized to 800cc by Oral Engineering who managed the whole thing for BMW.

So one might think that they have all the engine parts and data ready to role out in 2011/12 after a years testing with the 800cc engine..

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