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Edwards hoping for FTR-Yamaha?

"We don't know what's going to happen in 2014 engine wise, as it looks like Yamaha might be leasing some engines" – Colin Edwards
Colin Edwards looks to have one eye on a reviving his Yamaha relationship for the 2014 MotoGP season.

Edwards and Forward Racing will switch from a CRT specification Suter-BMW to FTR-Kawasaki next season, but the possibility of using Yamaha M1 MotoGP engines with FTR for 2014 appears of interest to the Texan.

In his latest column for the website, Edwards wrote:

“Mark Taylor from FTR is really switched on and I know he's going to turn my comments into progress rather than just telling me how it is and I'm really excited about that.

“We don't know what's going to happen in 2014 engine wise, as it looks like Yamaha might be leasing some engines, but at the end of the day we know we can develop a good chassis with these guys so we'll be ready for whatever happens.”

Edwards raced for Yamaha in MotoGP between 2005 and 2011, with both the factory team and then the satellite Tech 3 outfit.

During that time, Edwards took ten of his twelve MotoGP podiums with the YZR-M1 and a best of fourth in the world championship (2007).

Upon announcing his move from Tech 3 to Forward in September last year, Edwards made clear that his preference was to use a Yamaha (R1) engine and Tech 3 chassis, but the Suter-BMW combination was later confirmed.

The 2014 MotoGP rules announced last weekend at Valencia, which include a concession for manufacturers to develop their own ECU software, were "subject to the satisfactory conclusion of ongoing negotiations... concerning the supply of additional machines and engines for use by other teams from 2014."

While Yamaha is said to be prepared to offer 'customer' M1 engines, Honda is planning a complete privateer version of its RC213V.

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IdiocyPersonified - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 9:23 AM

The leasing of the factory-spec engines by Yam, Honda, Ducati and the like has got to be a win-win situation for everyone in MotoGP. It would mean that overnight the CRT's would again become wholly prototypes therefore differentiating themselves totally from WSB, they'd also be quicker in a straight line so could get closer to competing with factory bikes. It would also allow the likes of Suzuki/Kawasaki et al to dip a toe back into MotoGP by developing 'just' an engine and leasing it but without the even greater expense of developing a whole bike and running a team. This would surely entice other manufacturers into the sport. Lets hope it goes ahead because CRT as it stands just doesn't work and there are some seriously good riders in that class who can't hope to get closer to the front without a more competitive bike.......good news for Colin too.

mike - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 9:43 AM

Honda offering a de-tuned proto for purchase is still a 2-tier championship. Dorna should do an F1 - manufacturers lease engines that are equal spec to factory and all engines should be sealed before the first race. Honda at present are just making sure they lead the CRT's as well as full proto's.......

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