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US MotoGP: Forward Racing close to Yamaha, FTR deal

Forward Racing has a 'verbal agreement' to run Yamaha M1 engines in MotoGP 2014
NGM Forward Racing looks set to run the new Yamaha M1 engines in MotoGP next year.

The team, which stepped up to the premier-class under the soon to expire CRT rules last season, told the official MotoGP website that it has 'a verbal agreement in place' with Yamaha.

Forward is likely to pair the engines with an FTR chassis, as used by the present Kawasaki-powered machines of Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti.

Edwards, a former factory Yamaha rider, has pushed for M1 engines ever since the Forward project began, but - like Corti - is yet to sign for 2014.

Yamaha is prepared to lease the M1 engines to up to four privateers next year, but the identity of any teams - like those of the Honda production RCV and possible privateer Desmosedici - have yet to be officially announced.

The Yamaha engines will be of a similar spec to the satellite Yamaha Tech 3 team, but run the full control ECU system, mandatory for privateers. The main privateer perks will be four litres more fuel per race relative to the official MSMA (manufacturer) entries and twelve rather than five engine changes per season.

However the privateer M1 lease is likely to involve only three engines, two of which will then be reconditioned to reach five engine changes per season - the same number as for the full M1 prototypes.

It is assumed that the softer specification of rear tyre, made available by Bridgestone for the CRTs this season, will continue next year despite the scrapping of the claiming rule.

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Tagged as: Yamaha , Edwards , corti , Forward

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Balance

July 16, 2013 9:48 PM

I like the loocks of the Forward machine, the FTR chassi loocks a well balance chassi, and i think that just like Yamaha M1 machine the FTR is one type of bike that likes to corner fast, also the Kawsaki engine is one inline 4 has Yamaha M1, wille the Honda is one v4 engine.. I think its a good bet for 2014, a good engine with smooth Power can make this Team competitive 4sure.. about the riders i think it would be nice to keep both riders speacly Edwards because he had take this sht of CRT bikes and now that thinghs go for better i think he had the right to at least play with the bike for one more year..

TalentFan

July 17, 2013 2:57 PM

Translation- Yamaha are telling Forward Racing... You can have 9 less engines than the rules will allow in this deal, and we'll overhaul them so you get (maybe) the equivalent number to play with as the factory stuff (5). Only they won't be as good, and run an ECU we won't have any solutions for. Plus, Yamaha will be retaining control of just how competitive and well-supported these motors are. Tell me - WHY would forward think this was a good idea? Time to talk to Aprilia instead perhaps?



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