San Carlo Honda Gresini has not chosen a rider to replace Marco Simoncelli yet, but they are starting to make plans for the 2012 season. The San Carlo team will run an FTR frame as a CRT entry and with a Honda CBR1000R engine next season.
The San Carlo Honda Gresini team will get some help from British bike manufacturer FTR Moto to develop the frame for their 2012 MotoGP bike. A Honda CBR1000R engine will be used on the FTR frame.Fausto Gresini, Team Owner: “It is a source of great satisfaction that we have reached an agreement with FTR Moto to take part in the new MotoGP series, CRT. The battle between the Claiming Rule Teams will be an exciting one and we are entering it with great enthusiasm.
“Our willingness to take part was always based on the condition that we had the right technical partner and with FTR Moto and a Honda CBR1000R engine we believe we can build a competitive bike for this new category. It is a new adventure that appeals to our racing spirit and it could prove to be the future of MotoGP. We will work our hardest and I am sure we will have great results together.”
Steve Bones, CEO of FTR Moto added:
“We are absolutely delighted to start up a partnership with Team San Carlo Honda Gresini and to join them on a new adventure in MotoGP. Team Gresini has shown over the years that it is technically competent, as its numerous successes prove, and we are sure that will continue alongside FTR on this new adventure. The growing interest in the new MotoGP CRT category is exciting for all of us and we can’t wait to get on track as soon as possible to start developing the bike and breaking new technical boundaries.”