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FB Corse shows its colours

FB Corse and recently signed rider Garry McCoy show off the bike it intends to race in the 2010 MotoGP World Championship
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.


Tagged as: Hopkins , McCoy , fb corse , fb01

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Ducati Corse General Manager Filippo Preziosi (pic: Ducati Corse)
Valentino Rossi at Wrooom 2012 (pic: Ducati Corse).
Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden at Wrooom 2012 (pic: Ducati Corse).
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Valentino Rossi at Wrooom 2012 (pic: Ducati Corse).
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Matt - Unregistered

February 12, 2010 4:22 PM

muke hunt (thought your name was Mike??) - I think dckp was just laughing at the name, not making any comment about the companys actual value or ability. No need to get so hostile.

waz

February 12, 2010 3:50 PM

Looking forward to seeing it race and the slide king coming back to MotoGP but gotta admit that Gazza looks lonely in that picture! My advice to Gazza is that FB Corse probably won't last, so if the bike ever gets on the grid don't worry about the engine restrictions. Dial the thing up to maximum horsepower, switch off the TC, get it out on the track and thrash the life out of it like you know how. Show the other teams what you can do, your determination, and hopefully it will be your springboard back into the premier classes with a more established outfit.



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