FTR MOTO has confirmed that it will provide its innovative M211 machinery to the youthful Stop and Go (SAG) Racing Team for the 2011 Moto2 World Championship, replacing previous chassis-supplier Bimota.
SAG will field 18-year-old Colombian Santiago Hernandez alongside Ratthapark Wilairot, who was recently given the medical clearance to return to action this year following the serious road accident in his homeland back in December that had left him in intensive care and cast his career into jeopardy [see separate story – click here
The 22-year-old Thai rider has determinedly battled back to fitness and will resume his preparations for his sixth world championship season at the Jerez test from 4-6 March, whilst Hernandez will be embarking upon his maiden full-time campaign on the international stage after competing in the Spanish Championship in 2010. He made his Grand Prix debut in the inaugural Aragon World Championship round last September, qualifying 31st and finishing 23rd.
“We've been speaking with [SAG team owner] Edu Perales for about 18 months now,” explained FTR's Steve Bones, “so I'm pleased that we are finally working with him and his exciting 2011 SAG line-up of Ratthapark Wilairot and Santiago Hernandez.
“The test in Valencia last week could have gone better for Santi, but it's very early days in terms of the 2011 championship preparations and also the career of an exciting prospect like Santi.
“The initial feedback from the team regarding the M211 is very positive, and we're really pleased that Ratthapark has been given the medical clearance to resume a career which continues to flourish. He had an impressive front row start at Assen last year, and often displayed the potential that Edu believes can become world championship success one day.”