There have been doubts hanging over the fate of the FB Corse project almost from the moment it was announced. There were question marks about the state of the engine, worries about team financing, and problems with testing. After a test at Valencia, an initial press release announcing they had been accepted into the MotoGP championship had to be withdrawn, after Franco Uncini stated that the team had made good progress, but not enough to qualify for the grid. A later test for the bike planned at Misano had to be called off, after Garry McCoy, who had been contracted to test and race the bike, pulled out with a flu.
That withdrawal seems to have been the final nail in the coffin of the project. Today, McCoy announced that he and FB Corse have decided to terminate their relationship. No reason for the withdrawal was given, but it seems logical to conclude that a lack of technical progress combined with the question marks hanging over the project's finances have forced McCoy to decide that enough was enough.
The announcement marks the latest in a long string of bad luck for the likeable Australian. At the end of last year, McCoy was replaced in the Triumph BE1 World Supersport team after a dispute over cash. Given the salaries in World Supersport, this is hardly likely to have been about a significant amount. After throwing himself into preparation for the FB Corse project, McCoy is once again without a ride. The shrinking grids in motorcycle racing are likely to mean that finding another seat somewhere is going to be difficult for McCoy.
Below is the press release from McCoy's management.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM GARRY McCOY 05-06-10
Garry McCoy dissociates from FB Corse
Garry McCoy and italian FB Corse Team have decided in mutual consent to finish the relationship started the 30th of January 2010.
Garry McCoy : "After spending the last 4 months training at top level, today I am at my best mentally and physically to race.
My goal is to come back to the World Championship.
I thought FB Corse was ready to do the step but they haven't accomplished the needs till now required.
Hopefully soon, I will be able to update you with more news."