The hopes that Team Scot had of remaining in the MotoGP class have been dashed. The Italian team - home of the 2009 250cc World Champion - had failed to match the success of their 250cc riders in the MotoGP class. As a consequence, their bid to remain in MotoGP on merit has failed.
The team had hoped to stay if they could secure the extra funding to run Alex de Angelis. But though initial talks with the San Marino government had been promising, the tiny Italian republic could not justify the investment required to fund an entire MotoGP team, and though De Angelis and his manager continued to pursue the extra funds required, Honda's patience ran out. Despite being extended a number of times, the time limit placed on the project by HRC expired, and today, Scot Honda threw in the towel. Scot Honda will now concentrate on the Moto2 class instead.
Scot's withdrawal does not mean that their will not be an extra Honda on the grid, though. HRC has a bike available, and a spokesman told MotoMatters.com that if a project came along that satisfied the financial and sporting requirements, they would be delighted to provide one, and possibly even two extra machines. The biggest problem is of course money. Raising the necessary 5 million euros a MotoGP team requires is no sinecure. But just having the money would not be sufficient. HRC would need to be convinced that the rider was capable of getting results, and that the team was capable of providing the required level of technical support to allow the rider to be successful. That, frankly, is quite a big ask.