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MotoGP Silly Season Forward’s Privateer Yamaha Hayden’s Future, — Production Racers

08/20/2013 @ pm, by David Emmett 18 COMMENTS

all of the prototype seats occupied for – barring a contractual bust up Ducati and Ben Spies, which is an expensive theoretical possibility at the – battle has commenced for the rest of the seats regarded as being competitive. While the factory – the bikes in the factory and satellite being raced as MSMA – are all taken, the privateer machines – Dorna spec-ECU software and fuel – are still mostly up for

The three most highly after machines are the 2013 M1s to be leased by the NGM Forward squad, production racer (a modified with a standard gearbox and spring instead of pneumatic and the Aprilia ART bikes, which are a modified version of Aprilia’s superbike.

Of the three, only the ART is a known quantity, with Espargaro and Randy de Puniet raced the bikes with success in 2012 and 2013, by Yonny Hernandez and Karel this year. Teams and will have to guess the performance of the Yamahas and Hondas, given the basis of the two machines, it is a bet they will be relatively

The most popular machine riders is the Yamaha M1, naturally The bike is a near complete machine, with a few parts such as the fuel tank, and utilize the spec-ECU software Dorna, being developed by the CRT teams.

Given just how good the M1 is – Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino have won races on it, Cal Crutchlow has regular podiums – it is expected to be the privateer machine on the grid season, and anyone hoping to in the series is angling for a ride on it.

And so Cuzari, the team boss of is a very popular man with the He has had talks with almost who is anyone, including current Honda World Superbike Johnny Rea. Aspar’s Espargaro, now rideless Nicky current BMW World Superbike man Melandri, IODA Came’s Petrucci, as well as current riders Colin Edwards and Corti, and Forward’s Moto2 Alex De Angelis.

Hot favorite for the ride is Aleix Espargaro, it at the Indianapolis MotoGP round. has been extremely impressive season, beating the satellite regularly, and even, on occasion, ahead of the factory Ducatis. problem, if you can call it that, is he has a contract with Aspar for subject to finishing as first CRT

If Espargaro is to leave Aspar, he must negotiate his way out of his current “Aleix has to solve his contract with Aspar before we can speaking to him seriously,” Cuzari told ‘s Nereo Balanzin .

If Espargaro is unable to leave then the ride looks to be a up between Nicky Hayden, Rea and Marco Melandri. Hayden has the cards, as the 32-year-old has the most of the current generation of Bridgestone in MotoGP. He also has strong from a number of manufacturers, as the remains hugely popular in the US.

Rea is seen as having a lot of potential, as he last year when he onto the factory Honda to the injured Casey Stoner no preparation. Rea made good each time he rode the before Stoner returned again at Motegi.

Rea is believed to be at the Honda’s competitiveness in World with signs that mooted V4 superbike will not its appearance in 2014, as had been at the end of last year.

Marco is also in the frame for the Forward and he has the added benefit of being The distinct lack of a competitive – apart, of course, from Rossi – has been a problem for and having Melandri in the Italian team would make sense for all parties concerned.

was still competitive when he MotoGP, and proved to be very in World Superbike, but he has not ridden a bike since his difficult with Gresini in 2010.

Melandri is not the only choice of rider for Forward. Alex De has MotoGP experience, and is riding for the in Moto2. Danilo Petrucci is a very good job on a bike and with limited development riding the Suter BMW which dropped at the end of the 2012 season.

And rider Claudio Corti has put in a season in MotoGP, riding Colin Edwards.

The American would also like to in the series, and there is still a he could remain at Forward. It was who could be credited with off the entire CRT class, being the major signing announced by the team to race a CRT bike, and at it through a very difficult

Edwards is a firm fan favorite, and plenty of interest for sponsors. But a wealth of talented, hungry, and riders for Forward boss to choose from, the 39-year-old appears to be slipping down the list.

For those who cannot get a on the Yamaha M1, their next option is the Honda production Two of those bikes have been purchased, one by the Cardion AB for Karel Abraham, and one by the Gresini to replace their Fireblade-powered FTR

Scott Redding is said to already penned a deal to with Gresini next on the Honda, with the announcement set to at Silverstone. Redding would take Alvaro Bautista’s in the Gresini squad in 2015 the factory RC213V.

Redding’s to Gresini is dependent only on beer billionaire Marc van der deciding against taking his Marc VDS team up to MotoGP and with a privateer Yamaha M1.

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still theoretically possible, is a prospect which has now been completely excluded. If Redding stay with Marc then Johnny Rea would be the to take the production Honda Bautista, with the blessing and of HRC.

Nicky Hayden also feature in that or more likely, be added to the LCR team aboard a production American Honda is said to be keen to have Hayden in the Honda fold, after HRC the American at the end of the 2008 season.

is widely regarded as a powerful tool for the manufacturers in the US market – at the for Health auctions, Hayden reaches some of the highest from the fans – and US distributor Honda is keen to regain of the momentum which they when Hayden departed for

However, if Hayden is to get a seat at American Honda will to foot almost the entire Team boss Lucio has spoken several times of his to expand from one to two riders, but has equally clear that he only do so if he could cover the

Stefan Bradl and Nicky would make a very marketing proposition for Cecchinello, and American Honda picking up the share of Hayden’s bill receives financial support both HRC and Honda Germany), it be feasible. The cost for American would likely be at least a euros, the cost of a Honda racer.

If the LCR Honda deal through, there is always the team, replacing Aleix if he leaves. The advantage for Aprilia be the commercial tie up with Nicky in the Aspar team, especially if the manufacturer decides to enter as a effort, and no longer as a non-MSMA

That idea is still consideration, as it would allow to continue to use its own software. The downside is the fuel limit, with only having 20 liters to with rather than 24.

At the the ART bikes are using a little the 21 liters currently allowed the bikes; cutting to 20 liters require a major investment. may yet elect to do this, and also add the valve head which has rumored for some time.

If a competitive MotoGP ride be found, Hayden also has in World Superbikes. The American has an from Ducati to race the but he has made clear that at stage in his career, he has little to spend more time a bike with an uncertain Only if he is offered a ride of winning will Hayden the switch.

Earlier reports Hayden to Kawasaki and BMW have quiet, especially now that BMW has out of WSBK. But if Hayden were to series, his priority would be a ride such as Kawasaki or Both teams have potentially, but those vacancies are way from being fulfilled.

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