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Ioda launches 2013 team

Petrucci, Pesek and Zarco talk 2013 at Ioda Racing MotoGP and Moto2 team launch...
Came IodaRacing Project presented its 2013 MotoGP and Moto2 line-up during an official unveiling at its factory in Dosson di Casier, Italy.

2012 MotoGP rookie Danilo Petrucci is continuing with Ioda for a second season, having switched from the team's own underpowered machine (almost 50km/h down on top speed at times) to the Suter-BMW - as used by Colin Edwards at Forward Racing - mid-way through last year.

The promising young Italian scored 27 points overall, to finish the year sixth out of the eleven CRT scorers.

"I am very happy to be here again," said Petrucci, runner-up in the 2011 FIM STK1000 Cup and a former Ducati Superbike test rider. “I am glad that [Ioda boss] Giampiero Sacchi has put his confidence in me for two years.

"This is my second season in MotoGP, after a very hard year for everybody. But it was very useful too. I wish to thank IodaRacing, Suter and BMW for their support and their hard work.

"I wish to say that I am doing my very best and I will keep on doing it, and hope we will be rewarded with the results we all deserve."

Ioda will be the only team running the Suter-BMW this year - Forward Racing switching to FTR-Kawasakis - but there will still be two German-powered machines on the grid due to Ioda expanding to a second rider.

Lukas Pesek will be Petrucci's team-mate, the Czech returning to grand prix after being a full time rider in the smaller classes from 2004 until midway through 2010.

His best GP season was the 2007 125cc championship, when he took six podiums including two wins for fourth overall with Derbi. Pesek recently raced in the German Superbike and Supersport series.

"It will be a very a hard season, not only because I am returning to the World Championship after two years, but because it is my first year in MotoGP,” confessed Pesek.



Tagged as: Ducati , Colin Edwards , moto2 , Valencia , 125 , Qatar , Sepang

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shuggiemac

January 31, 2013 12:14 PM

Hmmm - waste of money and talent. Cynics of the world unite. This team is putting three bikes and guys onto the Moto2 grid. If the team was not there and willing to invest in the project then the grid would be smaller and three guys would not have the chance to ride on the world stage. Yes surely a waste all round. FFS is it the nature of 80% of the people who post here to continuously look at the glass as being half full?



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