Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Herve Poncharal supports Moto2, Tech3 to build Moto2 bike


Tech3 Yamaha team boss, Herve Poncharal says all satellite MotoGP teams should start thinking about also getting into Moto2, where they could play a useful role

Tech3, who currently run a satellite Yamaha team in MotoGP and who won the 250cc world championship back in 2000 (with French rider Olivier Jacque), may get into the Moto2 series in 2011.

‘I do have a big interest in Moto2 and during the course of ’09 we will work on building up a Moto2 bike,’ said Herve Poncharal, speaking to Crash.net. ‘Hopefully, if we have time, we would like to have it on track before the end of ’09 and I think all independent MotoGP teams should also think to do Moto2,’ added Poncharal, who heads Tech3.

‘An independent MotoGP team today is not a big team, so the factory teams will always be the ones winning the championships,’ says Poncharal. However, he adds that while a MotoGP world championship challenge is now unthinkable for satellite teams, these teams still have an important role to play in racing, especially with regard to a class like Moto2, from where riders would ultimately be able to graduate to MotoGP.

‘If, as an independent MotoGP team, we want to fight against Fiat Yamaha, Ducati Marlboro etc., then we are wrong. Because we will never have the same means and we will never have the same budget, we will always be one level down,’ says Poncharal. Satellite MotoGP teams should put their racing expertise to good use by getting into Moto2, where they might stand a better chance of winning races as well as, perhaps, championships, he adds.

Poncharal believes that Moto2, where rules will prohibit the use of exotic, mega expensive engines, will be a relatively cheaper way of going racing at the top level. ‘Moto2 is fitting with the current financial situation perfectly,’ says Poncharal. ‘Moto2 will use engine technology already widely used by all the manufacturers, so it will be a lot cheaper than running two-stroke 250s,’ he adds.

Apart from Tech3, Bimota, Moriwaki, Ilmor and BQR-Honda have also expressed interest in getting into Moto2. It’s still two years away from taking off and we don’t how things may change by then, but for now, things don’t look too bad for Moto2…

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