Bimota HB4 Left off of the Moto2 Entry List – FB Corse Vaporware? Bimota to Go It Alone?

01/28/2010 @ 12:13 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

This article takes a doubly interesting turn of events. You may remember that a week ago we brought to you the unveiling of the Bimota HB4 Moto2 race bike. The HB4, the first time a Honda motor has been in a Bimota in 25 years, was to be campaigned by FB Corse in the first running of the 250GP replacement series, Moto2, but has mysteriously been left out of the Moto2 Provisional race list.

Equally unnerving was the postponement of the FB Corse MotoGP & Moto2 press launch, which was allegedly due to FB Corse boss, Andrea Ferrari, undergoing hand surgery. The timing of that postponement drew some skeptical attention since it was right in the middle of the Hoppergate saga, which saw American rider John Hopkins teetering back and forth between riding the FB Corse MotoGP machine or taking a seat in the AMA Pro Superbike series.

Now with Hopkins making his intent to ride in the AMA clear, the FB Corse MotoGP bike yet to be unveiled, and the Bimota HB4 absentee from the Provisional Moto2 racing list, there are rumors circulating in the American and Italian racing camps that this entire thing is a charade and done for publicity.

While it remains unclear what is going on with FB Corse, and what their actually racing intent is, the possibility of a Bimota factory backed team entering into Moto2 seems to be catching steam. After all, we do know the Bimota HB4 is a runner. More as we get it.

Provisional 2010 Moto2 Rider Entry List:

No. Rider Ntn Team Bike
2 GABOR TALMACSI HUN SPEED UP APRILIA SPEED UP
4 STEFAN BRADL GER VIESSMANN KIEFER RACING SUTER
5 JOAN OLIVE SPA JACK&JONES BY A.BANDERAS PROMOHARRIS
6 ALEX DEBON SPA RED BULL AJO MOTORSPORT FTR
7 AXEL PONS SPA PONS RACING PONS KALEX
9 KENNY NOYES USA JACK&JONES BY A.BANDERAS PROMOHARRIS
10 FONSI NIETO SPA G22 HOLIDAYGYM MORIWAKI
12 THOMAS LUTHI SWI INTERWETTEN MORIWAKI RACING MORIWAKI
14 RATTHAPARK WILAIROT THA HONDA-SAG SUTER
15 ALEX DE ANGELIS RSM SCOT RACING TEAM SCOT
16 JULES CLUZEL FRA FORWARD RACING SUTER
17 KAREL ABRAHAM CZE CARDION AB MOTORACING RSV
24 TONI ELIAS SPA GRESINI RACING MOTO2 MORIWAKI
25 ALEX BALDOLINI ITA CARETTA TECHNOLOGY RACE DEPT I.C.P.
29 ANDREA IANNONE ITA SPEED UP APRILIA SPEED UP
35 RAFFAELE DE ROSA ITA TECH 3 RACING TECH 3
37 FABRICIO PERREN ARG KINO RACING KINO
39 ROBERTINO PIETRI VEN ITALTRANS S.T.R. SUTER
40 SERGIO GADEA SPA PONS RACING PONS KALEX
41 ARNE TODE GER RACING TEAM GERMANY SUTER
44 ROBERTO ROLFO ITA ITALTRANS S.T.R. SUTER
45 SCOTT REDDING GBR MARC VDS RACING TEAM SUTER
48 SHOYA TOMIZAWA JAP TECHNOMAG-CIP SUTER
52 LUKAS PESEK CZE MATTEONI C.P. RACING MORIWAKI
53 VALENTIN DEBISE FRA WTR SAN MARINO TEAM ADV
55 HECTOR FAUBEL SPA HONDA-SAG SUTER
56 VLADIMIR LEONOV RUS VECTOR KIEFER RACING SUTER
59 NICOLA CANEPA ITA SCOT RACING TEAM SCOT
60 JULIAN SIMON SPA MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM RSV
61 VLADIMIR IVANOV RUS GRESINI RACING MOTO2 MORIWAKI
63 MIKE DI MEGLIO FRA MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM RSV
71 CLAUDIO CORTI ITA FORWARD RACING SUTER
72 YUKI TAKAHASHI JAP TECH 3 RACING TECH 3
75 MATTIA PASINI ITA JIR MOTO2 TSR
76 BERNAT MARTINEZ SPA BLUSENS BQR BQR-MOTO2
77 DOMINIQUE AEGERTER SWI TECHNOMAG-CIP SUTER
88 YANNICK GUERRA SPA G22 HOLIDAYGYM MORIWAKI
95 MASHEL AL NAIMI QAT BLUSENS BQR BQR-MOTO2
TBA TO BE ADVISED TBA JIR MOTO2 TSR
RESERVES
27 VINCENT LONBOIS BEL MARC VDS RACING TEAM SUTER
TBA ANTHONY WEST AUS MZ RACING TEAM MZ