Unknown 2000s Motorcycle Racing
About some little-known brands - TSR, BSL - that performed in the 2000s, you can read in the previous article about little-known motorcycles of the 1990s. They just appeared in the 90s, and in the 2000s ended their existence. So in this material - only about "newcomers".
2001−2005. Proton . Collaboration of the team of three-time world champion Kenny Roberts and the Malaysian motorcycle racing program continued. Until then, the fruit of their joint work was the Modenas KR V3 motorcycle (Modenas is the largest motorcycle company in Malaysia), since 2001, the brand has changed, and Proton was born. In fact, the team remained the same, the title sponsor and the supplier of spare parts just changed. The picture shows the Proton KR5 motorcycle, which started in 2003-2005. The Proton team did not achieve any noticeable successes - the best result in the race was the 6th (several times), and in the championship - the 12th Nobuatsu Aoki (2002).
2001. Saber . The Saber team started in the 250 cc class since 1999, and in the early 2000s decided to try their hand at the older 500 cc. The Saber V4 motorcycle (pictured) with the Yamaha YZR500 engine was presented, but Johan Stigefelt, the only pilot of the team, did not achieve any success - he started in 15 of the 16 Grand Prix of the season, finished maximum in 13th place, and took 22nd place in the championship. Then the money ran out, and the team was forced to leave the upper class.
2001. Pulse . Along with Saber, the Pulse team and the motorcycle of the same name became another private debutant of the year. It was founded by Briton Dave Stewart, who previously managed the BSL team, which we talked about in the previous article. He bought a MuZ 500 motorcycle with a Swissauto engine (this unsuccessful attempt was also in the first article), the engineers modified it a bit, called the Pulse 500 (in the picture) and put it on the track. In Italy, pilot Mark Willis finished 13th, taking 25th place in the championship, but in general the team could not even finish the season due to lack of funds.
2003−2005. Moriwaki A not very successful attempt to gain a foothold in the MotoGP class of the World Cup was made by the Japanese company Moriwaki. Subsequently, in 2010-11, she will successfully return to the Moto2 class - pilot Tony Elias will win several races and become the world champion at Moriwaki, but this will come later. And in the early 2000s, the team sometimes exhibited one motorcycle in one of the races, without having spent a single full season. The best result in the race was the 11th Olivier Jacques at the Japanese Grand Prix'2004, he also took the best 24th place for the team in that championship. In the picture is Moriwaki-Honda RC211V (yes, for the highest class, the company used client motors).
2005. Blata . In 2005, the World Championship Motorsports (WCM) team broke off cooperation with Harris, a motorcycle designer who had worked in the championship since the 1980s, and built his next car together with the Czech company Blata. The problem was that Blata specialized in scooters and mini-bikes, having no experience in creating large and especially racing motorcycles of the MotoGP class. The result of the work was Blata WCM V6, in which the pilot Franco Battini even managed to finish 11th in Japan, and in the championship took 22nd place. The Czechs were dissatisfied with the results of the team and broke off cooperation.
2006−2007. KR . In 2006, Kenny Roberts finally decided not to cooperate with any Malaysians, but to build his own motorcycle racing motorcycle of the MotoGP class. Inexplicably, the KR211V with the Honda client engine was the team's most successful motorcycle. In his first season, Kenny Roberts Jr. finished twice on the podium - 3rd, and in the championship he finished the final 6th line, that is, he rose unimaginably high for a small private team. The next KR212V was already less successful, and then the team stopped participating in top-level races. In the picture - KR211V.
2006−2007. Ilmor . The company Ilmor is primarily known for its racing engines - they were a huge success in the United States (Indycar), and cooperation with Mercedes-Benz and Mclaren brought Ilmor championship titles in Formula 1 1998 and 1999, as well as the 1998 Design Cup. According to the principle “we can build cool engines, can’t we cope with the motorcycle frame?” Ilmor came to MotoGP - but it turned out that not everything is so simple. The Ilmor X3 motorcycle was introduced, but all the pathos ended in nothing. The start in three Grand Prix (2 in 2006 and 1 in 2007) showed the complete non-competitiveness of the machine - two 15-places and a total of 22 Gary McCoy in the 2006 championship. Ilmor abandoned the project - and for good reason. A year later, the new Ilmor engines sensationally won the Formula 1 World Water Championship. Pictured is Ilmor X3.
Also in the championships of the 2000s, TSR, BSL, Harris, Modenas and Paton motorcycles continued to appear, which were discussed in the first article.