World Superbike legend Carl Fogarty is back in the SBK fold this year& ...
World Superbike legend Carl Fogarty is back in the SBK fold this year– as a team owner with his own motorcycle.
And Fogarty has also pulled off something of a coup in signing former world champion Troy Corser to ride for the fledgling team. Foggy Team Petronas and the new Foggy FP1 will not, however, be competing in the third round of the WSBK series– presented by Vodacom - at AA Kyalami from April 5 to 7.
Fogarty’s team will only make an appearance in round nine of the championship at Laguna Seca. This is dependant on the FIM homologating the new Foggy FP1.
A former team-mate of Fogarty’s, Corser has signed a three-year deal with the multiple former world champion with the new squad being backed for five years by Malaysian petroleum giant, Petronas. Corser, who won the Superbike World Championship title in 1996 to become the youngest ever champion, joins British rider James Haydon on the new Foggy FP1 bike.
“ When we set up this team, I didn’t think for a minute we could have attracted as big a name as Corser for our first season,” Fogarty said.“ Everyone knows how talented a rider he is, but Troy is also one of the best riders for setting up a bike.
“ What he did for Aprilia on a new bike was sensational, and we want him to try even harder to make this project a success.“ Now we have the perfect blend of youth and experience and I could not be happier with the two riders that we have signed.
“ It’s now up to me to make sure that we have a bike that lives up to their expectations.”
Corser, who lives in Monaco but is currently enjoying a break at his Australian home, said he was happy to be a part of an exciting and unique project.“ I’m excited about working with Carl and his team, and am fired up to take on this new challenge,” he said.
“ This is a long-term project and the aim is to get this new bike out on the track and winning races.
This season is obviously going to be a test year, but we want to be up there and challenging at the front by the start of next year.”
Both new riders will now become involved in developing the Foggy FP1 bike before the team's planned start date at the ninth round of the World Superbike championship at Laguna Seca. Running in parallel to the race team project, Petronas are committed to producing a Foggy range of road bikes.