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.”