Despite being absent from the official entry lists, FB Corse has gone ahead with the launch of the bike it hopes will take them into the MotoGP arena in 2010 by taking the wraps off the FB01.
The FB Corse project has been shrouded in intrigue since the Italian operation first revealed its plans to enter the premier motorcycling series during the second-half of last season.
Nonetheless, the team has now been officially launched, where the bike's livery, which features backing from Virgin Radio, was unveiled and new rider Garry McCoy was formally introduced having recently been courted as the replacement for AMA-bound John Hopkins.
Although it hasn't been confirmed whether FB Corse will be present for the opening round of the season at Qatar, the team is expected to use a three-cylinder engine developed by Oral Engineering, former partners of BMW's stillborn MotoGP project
In addition, FB Corse also took the opportunity to introduce its Moto2 rider, Simone Giorgi Grotzkyj, who will wild-card in 'five or six' races.
McCoy, meanwhile, last raced in MotoGP back in 2006 with two outings for Illmor, although he was overlooked for a race slot with the team in 2007 when it instead went for Andrew Pitt and Jeremy McWilliams.