Mattia Pasini and Simone Corsi will reunite, this time on FTR motorcycles, at the new Ioda Racing team in this year's Moto2 World Championship.
The all-Italian team is the brainchild of former Aprilia, Derbi, Gilera and Piaggio Group manager Giampiero Sacchi (pictured).
Sacchi has masterminded numerous world championship victories and nurtured young riders such as Loris Capirossi, Max Biaggi, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
“The experience of Giampiero Sacchi is something we are keen to tap into and working alongside him in 2011 is something to look forward to,” said FTR's Steve Bones.
Pasini will be making his full time grand prix return after splitting from the JiR Moto2 team early last season. The Italian has an impressive record prior to 2010, winning 10 grands prix in the 125cc and 250cc classes.
Corsi began the inaugural Moto2 season as team-mate to Pasini and stayed for the full campaign, claiming two podiums and fifth in the championship. Corsi is also a former five-time 125cc winner.
“With Mattia Pasini and Simone Corsi I'd say the new Ioda Racing Project Team has a strong a rider line-up as any team in the 2011 Championship,” Bones added.
“Corsi was especially consistent in the 2010 championship, he took seven finishes inside the top five and only failed to score points in two of the 17 races. At 23 years of age he's also experienced enough now to challenge for the title.
“In Pasini the team has an exceptional talent. He has had his ups and downs in the past but he rode most of 2010 with a shoulder injury and had surgery in December to sort that out so hopefully there'll be a fully fit and determined Mattia Pasini in Qatar for the first race in mid March.”
FTR won the season-ending Valencia Moto2 race with Karel Abraham and took further victories in modified form with Andrea Iannone and Speed Up.