MotoGP » Colin Edwards eyeing FTR-M1 for 2014?

"We don't know what's going to happen in 2014 engine wise, as it looks like Yamaha might be leasing some engines" – Colin Edwards

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Jon M - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 9:23 AM

Racers like Colin are tough work.
Fans love him 'because he tells it how it is' but he must be terrible to work with.

He broadcasts via Twitter how bad his bike is and is not ashamed of calling a spade a spade.
I'm not sure about you, but if I told my clients and sponsors that the company isn't run properly, the product is rubbish and I'd rather be blowing things apart with a rifle I think I'd be out of a job?

Rossi has done so well as he's able to tread the fine line between the corporate PR speak and the reality. Fans are pleased, sponsors are pleased- that's what we need.

IdiocyPersonified - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 9:23 AM

The leasing of the factory-spec engines by Yam, Honda, Ducati and the like has got to be a win-win situation for everyone in MotoGP. It would mean that overnight the CRT's would again become wholly prototypes therefore differentiating themselves totally from WSB, they'd also be quicker in a straight line so could get closer to competing with factory bikes. It would also allow the likes of Suzuki/Kawasaki et al to dip a toe back into MotoGP by developing 'just' an engine and leasing it but without the even greater expense of developing a whole bike and running a team. This would surely entice other manufacturers into the sport. Lets hope it goes ahead because CRT as it stands just doesn't work and there are some seriously good riders in that class who can't hope to get closer to the front without a more competitive bike.......good news for Colin too.

steve - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 9:40 AM

They should make all the factories provide x amount engines on a lease basis for privateer teams and independant chassis builders. Do away with the 'road bike' engines.

Look now competetive KR were when they got their hands on a Honda V5 engine. It was fast, interesting & something different mixing it at the front.

mike - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 9:43 AM

Honda offering a de-tuned proto for purchase is still a 2-tier championship. Dorna should do an F1 - manufacturers lease engines that are equal spec to factory and all engines should be sealed before the first race. Honda at present are just making sure they lead the CRT's as well as full proto's.......

tp - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 9:47 AM

yeah followed this dude at wsb awesome but, at gp level early days ok then .tech 3 mid pack then crt please just ride the ranch in 2014

Flojo - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 9:53 AM

@Mobilnas. In the 1970's there were very few works bikes in the 350cc class but the Yamaha TZ 350 production racing engine was available for people to install in a chassis of their choice, ie Spondon, Maxton, Harris, Nico Bakker et al, and as I recall, that class was pretty exciting and GP races were won by non-works bikes. Those bikes are what we call CRT these days and I believe any chasis with a production M1 engine would be a very welcome addition to MotoGP, not something to be sneered at!

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