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Moto2: MZ to start season with FTR for Neukirchner

Max Neukirchner will run an MZ-prepared FTR at the start of the Moto2 World Championship season following delays in getting parts for the manufacturer's own chassis.
MZ has announced it will begin the 2011 Moto2 World Championship season with two different chassis after conceding its self-developed bike won't be ready for both riders.

The German team expands to two bikes this season having retained Anthony West and attracted former World Superbike race winner Max Neukirchner to its fold.

However, a recent delay in getting parts assigned to the unique chassis, complete with its steel tubular trellis frame and a modified rear wheel suspension, means MZ will only have completed one machine by the start of the season at Losail.

As such, the team has purchased an FTR chassis for Moto2 debutant Max Neukirchner to ride, while West will start with the MZ chassis as planned.

"Our new chassis will also be the base of the street replica of our Moto2 prototype. But there are things in the development process of a fully roadworthy bike that you just can't speed up", said MZ CEO Martin Wimmer. "Therefore, we had to find an interim solution that would enable our riders to compete on a high level in the first race."

"Karel Abraham won the last race of the 2010 season with this [FTR] type of chassis. We know what can be achieved with this bike, and we will make the best of the situation carefully analysing and comparing the data of both riders. There could be some interesting details that might help us to further improve the MZ chassis.”

Tagged as: moto2 , Max Neukirchner , Anthony West , FTR , MZ

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March 04, 2011 1:46 AM
Last Edited 2307 days ago

"They have West on the MZ chassis because they want to sell it as a street bike later in the year with a racing pedigree. You can't develop something if no one is using it for the purpose you intend..." But...who would buy a MZ if the results are as a bad as they were last year or the test results that I have seen this year? How does their second rider being on someone elses totally different alloy chassis help the marketing cause, particularly if he is beating the MZ MZ? Are "the delays in getting parts" the true reason for not running a second trellis frames bike. It isn't added up for me and unless there has been a huge inprovement in the MZ chassis West will be the loser.


March 03, 2011 4:06 PM

Strange and sad for West (again) who gets the so far slow MZ chassis presumably because he hasn't brought money with him to leverage an alternative. I have read that the FTR chassis they are getting is also not the upgraded 2011 version.

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