Satellite bikes are another form of Moto GP factory bikes made by the three manufacturers Honda,Yamaha and Ducati.Satellite bikes are used by satellite teams which are supported by their sponsors and also the factory bike manufacturers.The satellite team will lease or buy the factory bike and make slight tweaks according to their requirement and place their sponsors stickers on the bike.Satellite teams are not allowed to participate in Moto GP manufacturers championship because these companies only lease/buy bikes but do not manufacture them.
With the new CRT rule in Moto GP the satellite bikes have seen a reduction in number.There are 6 riders from 5 different teams using Satellite bikes in 2012 season.The price of the factory bikes in 2012 are expected to start around at $ 4 million.
Satelite Ducati Desmosedici GP 12 Moto GP bike:
1.Cardion AB Moto Racing
This team uses satellite Ducati Desmosedici GP 12 bike.The owner of the team Karel Abraham is also the rider for the team in Moto GP.He is also the first Czech Republic racer to participate in Grand prix Motorcycle racing.
2.Pramac Racing Team
This team also uses GP 12.The team has one rider Hector Barbera from Spain.
Satellite Honda RC213V:
3.San Carlo Gresini Honda
The team has two riders Alvaro Bautista from spain and Michele Pirro from Italy.But only Alvaro Bautista will be riding the factory Honda RC213V 2012 Moto GP Factory bike and Michele Pirro will be riding a CRT with a Honda CBR1000RR engine modified by Ten Kate Honda.
4.LCR Honda Moto GP
This team has one rider Stefan Bradl who will ride the satellite RC213V.Stefan BRadl was the winner of 2011 Moto 2 championship.
Satellite Yamaha M1 2012:
5.Monster Yamaha Tech 3
The team has signed with two riders Andrea Dovizioso from Italy and Cal Crutchlow from Great Britain to ride the Factory Yamaha 2012 M1.Last year Andrea Dovizioso was riding Honda RC213V.