At the Estoril round of the FIM MotoGP Championship in late October, Italian outfit Ioda Racing held a press conference to reveal their Moto3 project bike to the world. Ioda has been instrumental in the success of several young racers inside Italy, and now they want to take on the best the world has to offer. Ioda already has a confirmed entry in the 2011 Moto2 series – run with spec-Honda 600cc engines and a purpose-built chassis – and now they have produced a bike to run in Moto3 – the replacement series for the 125cc two-stroke Grand Prix which will run 250cc four-stroke motorcycles and be implemented in 2012.
The Ioda Moto3 entry is called the TR001; it has a 250cc single-cylinder engine developed by TM Racing, an Italian company which mostly builds engines for off-road and supermoto bikes, and an aluminum chassis developed in house at Ioda. To improve the performance of the eventual race version, it will undergo development testing during the 2011 season by participating in select rounds of the Italian National Championship – thanks to the Italian Motorcycle Federation allowing Moto3 spec machines to race in the 125cc (normally only two-stroke) class next season.
The motivation behind this move seems to be former Aprilia race manager Giampiero Sacchi, who appears determined to get back to Grand Prix racing as soon as possible. Sacchi, as General Manager of the entire TR001 project, was at the unveiling and revealed the details of the Moto3 plan. He further stated that the concept will also call for a low cost to any team and rider who wish to use the TR001 to compete for the Moto3 World Championship in 2012. For more, please go here: http://www.iodaracing.com/en/
Look for more of these announcements to come soon - 2012 and the new FIM rules will be upon the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix before we know it.