FTR MOTO will supply its innovative M211 machinery to the Stop and Go Racing Team for this year’s Moto2 World Championship.
The SAG Team will field 18-year-old Colombian Santiago Hernandez and experienced 22-year-old Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot in what promises to be an exciting 2011 37-rider Moto2 battle.
The post-season test in Valencia this week provided the teams with a good foundation for further development of their 2010 prototypes over the winter, with the MotoGP riders reporting positively on the initial responses of their new machines.
Casey Stoner was consistently fast on his new Ducati Desmosedici prototype across the three days (Monday and Wednesday were half-day sessions), testing new forks and a new engine configuration as well as a new rear Bridgestone tyre which several MotoGP riders also tried out.
Thai 250cc rider Ratthapark Wilairot is recovering well from a left foot injury and a cut on his right hand which he sustained in an accident at his home.
Thai Honda PTT-SAG competitor Ratthapark Wilairot appears to be out of luck at the moment having crashed out in Japan, having suffered a left foot injury in a Jerez qualifying crash and now having sustained a severed right hand in a domestic accident.
The 21 year-old rider had 12 stitches as a result of the accident, which involved a glass table – as did the mishap that MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi had earlier this year.