WCM invests in GP team
British 250cc GP team Winona Racing has announced a strategic partnership with World Championship Motorsports (WCM), the team which ran in MotoGP in 2004 and 2005.
Under the terms of the agreement, WCM will become an investor in Winona Racing, and WCM's racing director, Peter Clifford, will join the management team at Winona as an advisor. Clifford and WCM have over 10 years of experience in GPs, including 500cc GP wins with Regis Laconi, Simon Crafar and Gary McCoy under Red Bull colours. WCM expect to return to MotoGP in 2007 with a prototype machine.
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Winona Racing aims to develop young British riders into MotoGP winners, and team principal Andy Hyde commented on the new partnership:
"Winona Racing has a much stronger foundation through this partnership. We will have two bikes on the grid at every round of the 2007 season, which kick's off just 16 months after the team was founded. it's an aggressive plan and Peter's guidance and experience will be invaluable as we build the team. our mutual ambition is to see a British MotoGP world champion."