MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Yamaha confirms 2014 engine lease

More YZR-M1 powered machines on next year's MotoGP grid.

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m1fan - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 4:43 PM

Although this is a move in the right direction to have more competitive racing in motoGP, There needs to be a leasing program to purchase the same electronic package as the factory teams. If not, factory riders will still have a huge advantage.

Matt - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 8:00 PM

I think this is god news, it has been pretty much horrible to watch how much even the Aspar bikes lose on the straights to Prototypes.

Pretty much everybody will be open arms to this but what about Aspar? Aprilias involvment on their bike is no secret. Build a new bike around Yamaha engine, lease Honda or ceep with the Aprilia engine and lose to other CRT bikes? It would be ameising if Aprilia would take this change and come with Proto team (former Aspar that point). Just a dream tough...

coffee - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 9:29 PM

this is really great news as with Honda news to sell a production prototype next year, as expected they will be a dressed down version but it's a step in the right direction ie. getting back to prototype racing an not theses CRT's that run 4/5 seconds a lap slower.

better hurry up an get your name on the list (FTR) as they are only gona supply 5 teams with a motor.


April 07, 2013 11:11 AM

This is good news and with Honda doing the same it means that we may soon see a grid full of factory and privateer prototypes and the end of the CRT make-weights.
As the motors are leased it cannot be a CRT as I assume that Yam would not offer to supply their engine if it could be claimed by another team.

ZeR0 Kun

April 07, 2013 11:20 AM

great... time to bring back the glory old days of 500cc during the 90s, where chassis specialists like TSR, Harris, and ROC competes with the same engine as the factories. Wayne Rainey himself successfully race a Harris chassis throughout the 1993 season (before that unfortunate crash), mainly because he preferred it over the factory chassis.

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