Aug 17, 2013
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by David Swarts
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FIM MotoGP World Championship: Colin Edwards (5) on his NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki.
The NGM Mobile Forward Racing team will replace the FTR-Kawasaki CRT-class machines it currently races with in the MotoGP World Championship with complete Yamaha YZR-M1s in 2014.
Some media outlets, including the official MotoGP website, have reported that the team planned to lease Yamaha M1 engines and put them in FTR chassis in 2014, but NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team Owner Giovanni Cuzari revealed his new plan to Roadracingworld.com Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“We lease all the bike,” Cuzari exclusively told Roadracingworld.com. “The only thing that we don’t lease is the ECU, because we use the ECU of Dorna. The rest is Yamaha.”
By using Dorna’s control Magneti-Marelli Engine Control Unit (ECU) and software, Cuzari’s team will be able to run under the non-factory rules, allowing them to “use 12 engines but with 24 liters of fuel and the soft tire,” said Cuzari.
NGM Mobile Forward Racing already uses the Dorna-supplied ECU and software on the motorcycles of Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti, and according to Cuzari, Yamaha is already testing the YZR-M1 with the control electronics.
“Yesterday we already spoke with Japanese [Yamaha] engineer,” said Cuzari, “and they are already testing and trying this kind of ECU. And they say in the end it is not so bad. [It has] all the parameters. Of course it is not like the own system of Yamaha, but it is not so bad.”
Asked if he planned to keep Edwards as a rider on the team in 2014, Cuzari said, “We are discussing with Colin.”