In a rather embarrassing move, FB Corse has been forced to issue a statement 'clarifying' that it does not
yet have a place on the 2010 MotoGP grid.
Following a timing test, observed by representatives of IRTA and Dorna at Valencia on Wednesday and for which no lap times were released, the team sent out a press statement titled 'FB Corse in the MotoGP World Championship' which began:
“Dorna confirms FB Corse entry in the MotoGP World Championship.
“Today, Franco Uncini and Oscar Gallardo have given their approval to FB Corse after a full day test in Valencia track.
“After being confirmed as the new entry, the team FB Corse and Garry McCoy have decided to continue developing the FB01 and start the championship in the Jerez round...”
But FB Corse has now conceded that its 'confirmed' place on the MotoGP grid is not actually... confirmed.
Instead FB Corse will need to pass another timing test, this time a full race simulation, before its three-cylinder motorcycle - to be ridden by former 500cc and WSBK race winner McCoy - will be allowed to take part in a grand prix.
This is the latest statement, issued by the team on Thursday:
“The FB Corse Team, would like to clarify, after talking to Dorna delegates, that the team FB Corse is not yet inside the MotoGP entry list following the decision, made by the team together with Franco Uncini and Oscar Gallardo, of continue developing the FB01 until Jerez MotoGP race, in order to be more competitive in the World Championship.
“The Team FB Corse has had clearance to test at any time, before Jerez race. Due to the lack of time before Qatar and Japan race, the FB Corse will have to show a race simulation to Dorna before the first European round, that is the FB Corse main goal.
“Franco Uncini and Dorna's delegate Oscar Gallardo, are very pleased to see the work done by the FB Corse.
“The FB Corse Team, would like to thank you Dorna and Franco Uncini, for the chance given to the team to be part of the MotoGP World.”