Ivan Silva managed to score a point using a part carbon-fibre Inmotec chassis at the second round of the MotoGP
World Championship at Jerez
The Avintia rider switched from the traditional aluminium FTR chassis to the Inmotec design at Jerez, which is a mix of carbon and aluminium.
Inmotec had previously intended to enter MotoGP
with its own 800cc MotoGP
prototype and even penned Catalunya 2010 as the planned date of a wild-card race debut.
That never happened, but development continued and the BQR-run Avintia team spent post-2011 testing weighing up both FTR (British) and Inmotec (Spanish) machinery, before opting for the FTR-Kawasaki format.
But Avintia has made much of its Spanish roots, describing itself as "the first Spanish team to develop a MotoGP
bike, developed entirely in Spain" when confirming its place on the 2012 grid.
The switch to Inmotec is thus not in itself surprising, although the timing of the move - so soon into the new season - was unexpected.
Silva, previously the Inmotec test rider, finished in 15th position at Jerez, one place ahead of Colin Edwards
on the NGM Forward Racing Suter-BMW.
“We decided to take it to the track with the Inmotec so we can focus on how it evolved while Yonny [Hernandez] was working on the FTR. I think it is a good way to work and it is positive for the team,” said Silva.
“Electronics is not up to the standards yet and it was very difficult to ride fast. It was a long and physically difficult race. Anyway scoring a point is quite positive for me and the team.”
Yonny Hernandez failed to finish the race due to technical problems.
Ducati ditched its carbon fibre design at the end of 2011.