With Troy Corser now confirming that he is close to signing a deal to work with, and race with, Carl Fogarty’s WSB team next year, the seriousness of Fogarty’s efforts is becoming more apparent.
The Sauber/Petronas 990cc triple originally developed for MotoGP will be redesigned and homologated for WSB racing. Expected to debut on the track several rounds into next year’s championship series, both the motor and chassis (developed by Harris of England) need months of testing and setup to be ready.
Corser indicates the seriousness of the effort for two reasons. First of all, Corser’s services as a developement rider/racer are still quite expensive. He is still one of the top riders in the world, and he is particularly known for his developement and set-up skills. Secondly, it is no secret that Fogarty and Corser did not like one another while teammates on the factory Ducati WSB squad. Both men are clearly willing to put their past differences aside in this effort.
It will be very interesting to see Corser (if he in fact signs a contract with Fogarty) and his British teammate James Haydon when they take to the track with this new triple at roughly round 6 of the WSB championship next year.