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Moto2: FTR to make World Championship debut this weekend

'To actually see our machines on the grid will definitely offer a sense of achievement' says FTR boss

BRITISH company FTR Moto will make its World Championship debut in Qatar on Sunday in the opening round of the inaugural Moto2 Grand Prix Championship.

FTR Moto2 machines will be used by Motor Sport 69 Team rider Alex Debon and the Speed Up Team riders Gabor Talmasci and Andrea Iannone.

“It’s more than a year since this project began for us so to actually see our machines on the grid will definitely offer a sense of achievement,” said FTR director Steve Bones. “We’ve worked very closely with Alex Debon throughout testing and despite the collarbone fracture he suffered in February and subsequent surgery he’s very optimistic.

 “Alex has worked well with the Ohlins staff and his own technical team and can clearly see a lot of potential in our M210 chassis. With the Speed Up Team the development during testing has been more in their own direction and they’ve also made good progress.

 “We know there will be a lot of attention on the results of the first ever Moto2 race in Qatar but we’re also aware that the World Championship is over 17 rounds and over eight months and I’m sure there will be a lot of twists and turns during that period.”

FTR Moto will also have machinery contesting the Spanish CEV Buckler Moto2 Championship in 2010 and is in the final stages of planning for a debut in the Isle of Man TT Races and the Senior TT race on Friday June 11.

Bones concluded: “From an initial plan to initially join the World Championship we’re happy with the growing interest in the FTR Moto brand and from the Grand Prix machine to the trackday machine we’re all pretty positive about 2010.”

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