Despite the fact the bike is yet to be presented officially, news is all over the internet and elsewhere that Garry McCoy is to be the rider for the FB Corse team in 2010. Just days after hearing that he had been dropped by BE1's factory-backed Triumph World Supersport squad, McCoy is back in the saddle, and back in MotoGP.
The opportunity came about as a result of the maneuvering surrounding John Hopkins. Hopkins was the rider FB Corse had originally planned to sign, but after the team declined to allow Hopper to test the Italian-designed triple before signing a contract, Hopkins decided to play it safe, taking a ride on the Team M4 Suzuki with backing from his personal sponsor Monster Energy. Once Hopkins' intentions were clear, FB Corse went looking for a replacement, and contacted McCoy by phone last Wednesday. The Australian veteran was on a plane to Italy in a thrice, and the deal was done before the weekend was out, rumors of which had been picked up on Friday.
According to Motorcycle News, McCoy's deal with FB Corse is for two years. The Australian will spend the first year concentrating on developing the bike, while the team is hoping to contest a full and competitive season in 2011. It is as yet unclear just how many races the FB Corse team will actually campaign this season, though previous reports had stated that the team would make at least three wildcard appearances. The bike has to be inspected and approved by Dorna before being allowed to compete, but with just 17 bikes currently on the grid, that approval process is not too much more than a formality.