2012 Moto GP Satellite Bikes

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:

Cardion AB Moto racing Satellite Ducati Desmosedici GP 12 bike during presentation

Cardion AB Moto GP Racing 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. Continue reading


Honda RC213V 2012 Moto GP bike

1000 cc RC 213 V in Repsol colors

The Honda RC 213 V in testing in Moto GP testing season

The  RC213V is a 1000 cc Moto GP proto type machine developed by Honda racing for use in Moto GP 2012.The RC213V is a factory Moto GP bike.As the official sponsor for Honda in 2012 is Repsol the bike is seen in Repsol colors during the testing season of the bike.Honda has two riders for 2012 one is 2011  Moto GP champion Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa.Honda is the 2011 Moto GP Manufacturer champion and as a defending champion for the title.Honda engineers had put in their best efforts to make the RC213V.Casey Stoner who rode the bike in the testing season was satisfied with the bike and he finished in first place during the testing followed by two Yamaha Factory Racing riders Ben spies  Jorge Lorenzo third place On Yamaha M1 2012.From recent reports from other Honda satellite teams it is rumoured that the RC213V costs 4-5 million.

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