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WCM and Blata announce V6 MotoGP project

WCM and Blata announce V6 MotoGP project

WCM and Blata announce V6 MotoGP project

WCM Team Manager Peter Clifford has announced that they will be linking up with mini-bike manufacturers Blata in a surprise partnership that will see them run a V6 prototype in the 2005 MotoGP World Championship. Blata, who are based in the Czech Republic, has only been in existence since 1990 but already sells 15,000 machines a year, with plans to increase production to 100,000 by 2009.

Clifford's World Championship Motorsports outfit became one of the most successful privateer teams in the paddock at the turn of the century, with Regis Laconi and Garry McCoy both taking victories in Red Bull Yamaha WCM colours. However, the team have failed to find a major partner for the past two seasons, battling against the odds to enter their own machine.

"WCM recognised that they needed a strong technical partner to have any chance of challenging the factory supported teams and joining with Blata in this project achieves that," said a statement released by Clifford.

"The Czech Republic has a great history in motorcycle sport through brands such as Jawa and CZ. It is hoped that this project is taking the first step to recapture some of that magic."

More details of the project are set to be announced at the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky on 20-22 August.

MotoGP, 2004

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