Moto2 team Forward Racing has announced an unexpected split from historic Italian manufacturer MV Agusta just weeks before the start of the 2023 season.
The partnership between the two, which dates back to 2019, is coming to an end over what the team described as “economic demands” on the factory.
“After five years of partnership in the Moto2 World Championship, the cooperation between Forward and the motorcycle brand MV Agusta is coming to an end,” says a press release.
“After careful consideration, Forward Team has decided to proceed alone with the development project, the intellectual property of which belongs to the Italo-Swiss racing team.
“The economic demands of MV Agusta are too high compared to the pure use of the brand in racing.
“Forward Team, in the voice of team owner Giovanni Cuzari, wishes MV Agusta the best. Proud to have made a few little pieces of history together with the Schiranna brand during these seasons.”
Exactly what shape this future direction will take remains to be seen as the team prepares for the start of the new season, in which Marcos Ramirez and Alex Escrig have already signed up to race.
Forward partnered with MV Agusta to work on developing their own Moto2 chassis, eschewing the series norm of buying machines from the dominant manufacturer Kalex. The two parties instead worked closely with Swiss manufacturer Suter to chart their own path – a design which, at least according to the team’s intellectual property notice, appears to remain under the control of team boss Cuzari.
It would mark something of a throwback to the past for the team, which previously had limited success during the CRT era of MotoGP with a bike that was at least partially built in-house, despite being based on the then-dominant Yamaha M1- Machine.
Forward made his MotoGP debut in 2012 on a BMW-powered CRT machine piloted by Colin Edwards and Alex de Angelis and switched to Yamaha-powered machines in 2014, with Aleix Espargaro claiming an unexpected podium at the Aragon Grand Prix.
The team has too made a lot of headlines away from the track too, with former riders and suppliers publicly complaining about payment delays, while Forward’s future was in question in the middle of the 2015 MotoGP season when boss Cuzari was arrested by Swiss authorities on corruption charges – which later fall were left.
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