Kenny Roberts' Team KR out for Moto2

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Initially in the running for a return to Grand Prix racing via next year’s Moto2 class, King Kenny’s TeamKR is now officially out of contention. Whether that was voluntary due to a failure to secure financing or if the decision was made by FIM is still unknown. Team Pramac has also been withdrawn from the list. As of now there are 23 teams with 37 riders that have secured positions with security deposits. Without Roberts, we just lost a whole lot of interest in this series. Full entry list of teams after the jump.

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Ajo Motorsport – 1 rider
Campetella Racing – 1
Cardion AB Motoracing – 1
Cip Moto – GP250 – 1
Emmi – Caffe Latte – 1
G22 Racing Team – 2
Hayate Racing Team – 2
Honda Gresini – 2
JiR – 2
Kino Racing – 1
Mapfre Aspar Team – 2
Matteoni Racing – 1
Pons Racing – 2
Promoracing – 2
Racing Team By Quereseno – 2
Racing Team Germany – 1
Scot Racing Team 250 – 2
Speedup Aprilia – 2
Sprint Technology Racing – 2
Stop And Go Racing Team S.L. – 2
Tech 3 – 2
Viessmann Kiefer Racing – 2
WTR San Marino Team – 1

via Crash

  • Steve

    “Without Roberts, we just lost a whole lot of interest in this series”

    That is just so parochial it stinks.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Only because I miss his style and laid-back demeanor. There are still lots of interesting folks involved, but it’d be even better if he was there.

      That and I’m biased against the oncoming inline-4 600 class. The 250 2-strokes are no longer valid as a test-bed for the greater market, and that’s fine. But I do think a 4-stroke 500 twin class with open engine configuration would have been truer to the spirit of Grand Prix while not breaking the bank.

    • http://www.suspectsunlimited.com Cru Jones

      +1

      Poor form Grant, poor form. Your suggestion of open config 500cc diesels would indeed end up breaking the bank too BTW. I would have like Honda to have spec’d the class with an updated version of their 400cc V-4s, but alas we’re stuck with their 600cc I-4. :(

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

        Who said anything about diesel? I was just talking about a plan similar to what both Aprilia and KTM proposed so that smaller manufacturers could reasonably stay in the series, yet allowing for parallels as well as multiple V-type variants.

        To me, Grand Prix is experimentation for the sake of trickle-down advancement, not spec. However, I understand that method is no longer financially feasible for the sake of sport, much less long term fiscal stability.

        Spec NC30 style V-4s would be totally hot as well, though.

        • Shoffy

          I think that you are right in that Grand Prix is experimentation for sure but I think that that should be left to the Elite class of MotoGP. All the trickle down tech will come from this class (ABS, Traction Control, Slipper Clutch etc…) The series leading into MotoGP should most definatly be a test-bed for riders and the 250cc 2-strokes are no longer the most viable option for that. I think the entire other half of Grand Prix is the sport and the excitement. It funds all of the operations and without an exciting series to watch you lose your funding. You put 37 riders on a spec motor and I cant think of anything more exciting to watch. Thats gonna be close racing no matter how you look at it. Second I think that no matter what 4-stroke engine config you throw at the series its gonna cost an arm and a leg somehow. But again for the sake of a rider test bed (due to MOST of the bikes in the MotoGP grid being I-4′s) I think they made a wise selection for a spec motor. Clearly its not as big a deal from 2-Strokes to 4-Strokes but it still makes a differance. Now with my original argument, I think your comment “Without Roberts, we just lost a whole lot of interest in this series” is an aweful gesture. I think the only rider you could lose from the sport of motorcycle racing and have any real impact would be Mr V. Rossi as he adds so much charisma. 37 Riders eager for a factory ride on the all mighty 800cc’s on spec 600′s ready to lose it all trying… That sounds like a better series to watch for the fans than MotoGP any-day…

        • http://www.suspectsunlimited.com Cru Jones

          Diesel is often a derogatory term used by 2T fans towards 4Ts in general. I was not suggesting they use engines powered by actual diesel fuel. ;)

  • pdub

    Having team KR definitely adds to the color and personality of the sport. Why it didn’t happen who knows. ($)? I am happy and encouraged that the there is a sizable number of teams and riders on the grid and no small number of enterprising chassis builders like Kalex and even Aprilia not being scared off having to design around someone else’s engine.
    I do lament the loss of the 2-strokes though having once owned an NSR250. Going 600 production makes sense and might make for good racing but something is lost. As a current GP engineer was quoted (can’t remember the name) about his feelings on the end of the 250 “100kilos, 100horsepower, perfect” I have to agree. Why 150 HP I4′s? If you want to keep costs down how about 4 stroke v-twins? Mechanically less complicated and cheaper than an I4 and I’m sure they could get 100 or so hp out of a production derived v2 and keep it light. The added benefit is they would have a trickle down v2 mule for lightweight streetbikes. Aprilia could and probably would have the ticket there.

  • dimitri

    The regulations drawn up By FIM/honda for the moto2 class favor the 4 cylinder configuration. In overall weight and the max rmp. So to be competative in this class the other configuations had been ruled out before hand. I personally share the opinion that a v-twin 600 engine configuration would have been the way to go. less weight and subsequently less power needed to go fast. Sticking with the power and weight of the current 250 2-stroke class.

  • dimitri

    By the way the majority of the motogp (800cc) bikes run a v4 configuration and not a inline 4. Only Yamaha and the now obsolete Hayate team ran inline 4′s

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