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Speedweek.de: Kalex tipped to make MotoGP entry in 2014

German publication Speedweek.de has spoken to Kalex’s Alex Baumgärtel and Klaus Hirsekorn about a possible step up to MotoGP in 2014, now that Yamaha has announced it will lease M1 engines to independent teams from then on. Baumgärtel commented that he would be keen on the idea, although would have to know very soon if a team would run his product, due to the lengthy development time. Chassis demands vary greatly from Moto2 to MotoGP with almost double the horsepower, and additional factors such as wiring loom routing, which sensors belong on the bike, etc., would all have to be redesigned. With the additional staff required, Baumgärtel told Speedweek.de he imagines a set of rolling chassis for one rider would cost between 400,000 and 500,000 Euros. So far, Scott Redding’s team Marc VDS has been linked with such a bike, whilst the German also mentioned that the Pons team or Italtrans could be possible customers as well.

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MotoGP, 2013

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