Debon to ride British-built FTR in Moto2
FTR Moto will supply machinery to the Motor Sport 69 Team of Spanish rider Alex Debon for his campaign in the inaugural Moto2 World Championship in 2010.
Debon will race the M210 in the 17-round series which gets under way in Qatar on April 11 after concluding negotiations with Buckingham-based FTR Moto yesterday.
“We’re extremely happy for Alex to be racing our machine in 2010,” said FTR director Steve Bones.
“He has proven himself both as a racer and a development rider in recent years and his experience will be invaluable in ensuring the FTR M210 remains at the head of the field in the new Moto2 World Championship.”
The relationship between FTR and the Motor Sport 69 Team will also rekindle the technical relationship between FTR and former KTM Grand Prix engineer Xavier Soldevila who will work as Debon’s crew chief and development engineer during 2010.
Debon, who took a career-best finish of fourth place in the 250cc World Championship in 2008, winning the French and German Grands Prix, said: “I am delighted to have reached an agreement with FTR and also to carry out the development of the FTR machine under the supervision of Xavi Soldevila.
“We also have a great sponsors in Aeroport de Castello and the engineer’s school of Monlau Competition.
"Together we intend to fight for the World Championship and develop a winning machine as I did with the RSA in the 250cc class.”
Debon will test the FTR M210 for the first time at Jerez in Spain at the end of January.