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GP Week : Issue 10
M oto GP Insight >> the first prototype, he added: there was the possibility of switching to disc-valve induction and to fit a balance shaft, if necessary. “The engine performs well on the dynamometer, but the real proof will come in track testing,” he said. The machine will be tested and developed for the rest of this year, and will enter the series from 2009, with a three- year plan. “We will learn in year one, try to win races in year two, and hope for a full championship challenge in the third. But we have no illusion it will be easy – the 125 class is very competitive,” said Garry Taylor, who will be a consultant to the team. It will be managed from China by a GRG senior executive Simon Wei, heading the new racing department which is also involved in domestic racing. Test and race riders have yet to be confirmed, but they too will be from outside China. “It is our long-term plan to develop the sport in China, and develop Chinese riders,” said Wei. “But that is in the future.” The same applied to the possibility of an eventual MotoGP entry. But Wei insisted the reason to go racing was not only for commercial expansion. “Our president Mr Wong was already a big MotoGP fan before the project began,” he said. The Maxtra project is a flagship to break into the Western World, in line with GRG’s plans for future world-wide expansion. 41