Forward Racing to run 'almost complete' M1 Yamaha in 2014

cuzari on forward 2014
Saturday, 17 August 2013

NGM Mobile Forward Racing owner Giovanni Cuzari has confirmed to motogp.com that the agreement reached with Yamaha for next year is not only to lease the M1 engines, but also for the majority of the chassis – bar the fairings and electronics.

This means that the Italian team will benefit from the handling of the current M1 package, whilst running the M1 powerplant with the Dorna-spec Magneti Marelli software under the 'non-factory bike' umbrella.

Cuzari commented: “We agreed with Yamaha to lease the engine and the frame, the body of the bike, so we lease almost a complete bike from Yamaha. We have to take care of the fairing.

“We will use the ECU of Dorna, with 24 litres [of fuel] and one more soft tyre. Those are the rules.

“They [Yamaha] are already testing the engine with the Dorna ECU and they are very positive about that.”

He also spoke about his rider choice for next year, saying that an announcement will be made closer to the Silverstone round in two weeks' time.

“I will respect my two riders now – Colin (Edwards) and Claudio (Corti) – but of course I need to follow some requests from Yamaha.

“I’m speaking with Nicky Hayden, Aleix Espargaro and Jonathan Rea, so with a lot of very good riders. I’m not saying I don’t have good riders. I have very good riders, but of course I have to choose the best solution for me and my supporters…my sponsors that support me in this project.”

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