Published on 13 Jun 2011 by Toni M.
We have to admit that the FIM has great timing. After the list of the new teams eligible to join the new Moto1 championship in 2012 was once again delayed, the FIM felt the urgent need to repeat itself regarding the terms of using production based motorcycles in MotoGP, and the statement was issued coincidentally while the World Superbike round was running at Misano.
On the occasion of the San Marino Round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship in Misano (ITA), and with reference to the interviews recently published on some motorsports web sites, FIM President Vito Ippolito reiterated what has already been stated several times:
Any complete motorcycle model derived from series production, homologated or not for the FIM Superbike/Supersport/Superstock is not eligible and will not be accepted in the FIM Grand Prix World Championship classes.
While carefully worded, it’s those three key words ‘complete motorcycle model’ that will allow CRT’s to run in Grand Prix without running afoul of the FIM rules and will keep the Flammini brothers from running to court, since CRT’s will be running production based engines, but they’ll be in prototype chassis’ and since they accepted the Moto2 class without any complaints, they’ll have to let Moto1 slide too.