Applications Being Invited For Moto3 World Championship

by Louis Suddaby

Teams looking to be considered for participation in the inaugural Moto3 World Championship in 2012 have now been invited to register their interest with the IRTA (International Road Racing Teams Association).

The new four-stroke, single cylinder 250cc class will replace the existing two-stroke 125cc class which has been a feature of Grand Prix motorcycle racing since its inception in 1949.

The class is starting to take shape after Dunlop announced that they will supply tyres to Moto3 until the end of the 2014 season while a number of manufacturers have already confirmed their involvment.

Honda unveiled their new NSF250R machine that they intend to use in next year's championship at last weekend's Catalunya Grand Prix and former World Champion Alex Criville demonstrated the bike during the weekend. The machine will be available for purchase at the end of this year.

Meanwhile, KTM have also announced that they plan to enter Moto3 next year. The Austrian manufacturer will link up with Kalex Engineering whose chassis currently leads the Moto2 Championship in the hands of Stefan Bradl.

IRTA will supply all eligible teams with a prospectus containing the main conditions of participation. Teams will then have until Friday 1st July, the first day of the Italian Grand Prix, to submit a detailed application.

FIM, Dorna and IRTA will consider applications at Mugello and selected teams will then be invited to lodge a security deposit with IRTA. The deadline for receipt of the deposit is Friday 12th August, the first day of the Czech Republic GP.

The final selection of teams will be made by FIM, Dorna and IRTA during the Brno event and a list of accepted teams will then be published.

Any teams that would like to register for a place in the championship are invited to do so by emailing the IRTA at [email protected].

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