The masked crusader has left Moto2, as Antonio Banderas’ Jack&Jones team has lost its marquee sponsorship. With no way to fund the team, this move by Jack&Jones leaves Kenny Noyes and Gabor Talmacsi high and dry for a ride in the 2011 season. Unless Noyes can find another ride in the four months leading up to the start of next season, Moto2 will be out its only American rider. Noyes had mediocre results during the 2010 season, finishing 24th in the Moto2 World Championship, with some Moto2 commentators attributing that result to his Harris chassis, which wasn’t on par with the FTR, Moriwaki, and Suter packages.

“This was probably the hardest decision I’ve ever taken in the ten years I’ve been in the paddock,” said Team Manager Dani Devahive to Motociclismo. “Antonio Banderas and I both had high hopes for this project, but the lack of a viable economic future forced us to take this hard decision.” At one point Banderas and his team had hopes of entering MotoGP in a few year’s time. With this news, that dream seems to be exactly that.

Unfortunately for all motorcycle racing, this story is being told all too often. With companies still struggling to stay afloat, the budgets to sponsor large motorcycle teams are just not materializing in this economic climate. With a grid of 40+ riders, Moto2 is an especially hard environment for a team to make a living out of, as Championship points are harder to come by, and the spec motor leaves the outcome hanging on other factors like chassis design, and mid-season revisions.

Source: MotoMatters

  • Steve

    I’ve watched some of the Moto2 races and have enjoyed them very much. They are on to something here with the close action and hungry riders banging and sliding while peeling off fast lap times. Exciting stuff and given enough time to allow a fan base cheering for their favorite rider, I think the class will enjoy great success. It will just take some time to reach it’s potential. I can understand the decisions being made to pull out in these tough economic times, but what a shame.

  • Sean in Oz

    “It will just take some time to reach it’s potential.”

    ha ha ha

    The races have been awesome. Things can only get worse, as Dorna try to shrink the grids, the number of chassis manufactures reduces and the less successful (financially) teams drop out.

  • RSVDan

    Exciting racing, yes, but that is mainly due to the over sized grid and total lack of development so far, not because of the inherent structure of the class. In fact, Moto2 is a piss-poor model for class structure, as currently, most of the riders are not only riding sans salary, but most teams are expecting the riders to bring in large sums of sponsorship cash just to run the team. That is not a model that can continue in it’s current form. I expect this iteration of Moto2 to go away at any rate as they step away from the spec motor and move to the 81mm bore twin cylinder format, then I’m sure costs will rise even more, making Moto2 a mostly manufacture run series once again.

  • Good points Dan, having riders race sans salary certainly isn’t a sustainable business model. I suspect we’ll see some culling of the heard as other teams realize they can’t compete in the series (Dorna is surely content taking their extra fees in these tough times) without significant financial backing (just as Banderas et al did).

    When I last talked to Hervé Poncharal, President of the IRTA, at Indy this year, he made it clear that the goal for Moto2 was to go to an open engine spec class, following similar veins in MotoGP and Moto3. I believe Honda has a three-year contract with Dorna for Moto2 (this was Dorna’s way of putting its toe in the 600cc format waters), expect changes to occur to that formula once the Honda contract is up.