Last Friday it was officially announced that Ioda Racing will be fielding Lukas Pesek in MotoGP next season to ride their Suter-BMW.
Pesek will be joining the long line of riders who will have to pay-to-ride - apparently to ride in a third tier CRT in MotoGP you need to come up with about 200.000 euros, give or take 10K - but the Czech rider admitted to his country’s press that he has yet to come up with all the budget that the Italian team wants from him.
“Unfortunately, the sum is much greater than what they had said and I still haven’t come up with the entire amount. but we’re working on. Obtaining such a sum in a few days isn’t so simple.”
Pesek is hopeful that he can find the funds because he wants to return to the atmosphere of the GP paddock and his wish is to beat fellow countryman Karel Abraham (AB Cardion Racing will be switching to ART CRT machinery in 2013).