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Marc VDS 'looking at MotoGP' for 2014
15 May 2013
Scott Redding's Marc VDS team is examining the options available for a move to MotoGP in 2014, including use of the Honda production racer or Yamaha M1 engines.
Marc VDS has teams in both the Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships, with Redding presently just one-point from the 600cc title lead.
Redding and Marc VDS had been linked with satellite Ducati machines for this year, after the young Englishman successfully tested for the Italian factory.
But no deal materialised and - unconvinced by the current range of CRT motorcycles - Redding and the Belgian squad remained in Moto2. Former MotoGP rider Mika Kallio re-signed as Redding's team-mate.
Satellite prototypes again look hard to source for 2014, and grid slots would need to be found, but the new production RCV and M1 engines are certainly on the Marc VDS radar.
“We are looking at the possibility of a move up to MotoGP, and we've spoken to a number of people about the options available, including the Yamaha engines and the Honda RCV production racer,” Ian Wheeler, press manager for the Marc VDS team, told Crash.net
“We will be speaking to a number of people again in Le Mans [this weekend], to see if they've moved forward with their plans, but I suspect it will be a while before Honda and Yamaha have something they can actually put on the table, not just for us but also for other teams who may be interested.”
Honda plans to provide its complete production racer to a maximum of five riders, for a price of one million Euros each.
The Yamaha engines will be leased rather than sold - and teams will need to provide their own chassis - however the M1 engines will be closer to factory spec than the Honda units, which will use spring rather than pneumatic operated valves.
Both types of machine will be eligible for the privateer concessions, including a greater amount of race fuel and engine changes during the season. However they will also need to run the full control ECU system, while the official factory bikes will continue with their own software.
Marc VDS helped track test the original Suter-BMW CRT machine, but appeared underwhelmed by the results and it was handed to Forward Racing for its 2012 debut season.