Garry McCoy On FB Corse: "The First Year Will Be Tough"

After the rumored link-up of Garry McCoy and the FB Corse MotoGP team was finalized over the weekend, the details of the deal left plenty of room for questions. We caught up with Garry McCoy at his home in Andorra to put some of those question to him. Here's what he has to say, about his expectations for the 2010 season, when he expects to be racing, and how his previous experience will work to his advantage.

MotoMatters: Are you pleased that you've finally got a deal in place?

Garry McCoy: Yeah, for sure. What can I say? The World Supersport ride [with Triumph] was looking good there for a while up until mid-January, and then I thought I had nothing there for a moment. Then the GP deal popped up with FB Corse.

MM: Did they contact you or were you phoning them?

GM: They were chasing me down. I hadn't contacted them at all.

MM: I understand you were getting getting ready to go back to Australia when the deal happened.

GM: Yeah, I was planning to go out at 9 o'clock in the morning and we were still doing the deal at about 3am.

MM: The deal is for two years, do you know how many races you'll be doing this year?

GM: Well supposedly it's the whole season as long as everything goes well.

MM: When will you get to test the bike for the first time?

GM: We're still not sure. Hopefully some time towards the end of February.

MM: And you're still not sure where you'll be testing the bike either?

GM: No, I mean the bike's still not completely ready. I'm not sure what stage it's at at the moment, but hopefully within the next week or two, we should have the bike ready to get out on track.

MM: Obviously, the first year's going to be tough because you've got a lot of development work to do, but you've really got no idea about where the bike is or how competitive it is?

GM: No, that's one of the reasons I pushed for the two-year deal, because it is a brand new bike and it is going to take a lot of development. I think the first year is going to be really tough, we've got to find all the settings for each track and so on. So it would really be a shame to just do a one-year deal and then walk away from it. So I think it's good to have the two years, and like I said, just work with the bike this year and hopefully keep on improving things every time we go out.

MM: Obviously you've already had development roles with Kawasaki and Ilmor, do you think that experience will help you in this deal?

GM: For sure! I think that experience in general is good. What they really need is someone with a lot of experience to try and improve this bike and develop it. I think to put a young guy on there if the bike's nowhere near set up, I think it would be a big job for someone who's not really used to setting up bikes.

MM: And it's going to be a bit of a leap from a Supersport machine to a MotoGP machine?

GM: I don't know, I'm not too worried about that really. I think a bike's a bike, obviously one's got more horsepower than the other, but at the end of the day it's about how you control your right wrist.

MM: Since the switch to the 800s, MotoGP has been much more about conserving corner speed. Do you think that having Supersport experience helps in that respect?

GM: Yeah well, Supersport, and I know it's a long time ago, but even when I raced 125s back in GPs, and even in World Superbike I've known that this is one of my good points, keeping the speed up through the turns.

MM: So you should be suited to this.

GM: I won't say that just yet, but it shouldn't be a problem.

MM: the regulations are going to change in 2012, MotoGP is going back to 1000cc. Obviously that is after this deal expires, but would you like to stay on to ride a 1000cc MotoGP bike? How do you see that return to 1000cc?

GM: Yeah, I think that would be good, but I've got to get through the first two years before I think about that. I'd sort of planned on having a good go at the championship in the World Supersport this year, or at least trying to win a few races. Now I'll be going to a class where I'll be starting from the back really, and just trying to improve the bike up through the field.

MM: That will require a different mindset, stop thinking about beating other riders and just concentrate on improving the bike.

GM: Yes, exactly. It's really, every race is going to be more or less like a test.

MM: Do you think the lack of testing is going to hurt this project?

GM: Yes, for this year it is for sure. I mean guys are out on track now on bikes that have been out there for 10 years and with manufacturers who have been out there for a long time, and here we are with a completely fresh bike that hasn't even got tires on the rims. So it's definitely going to hurt us for sure. But I think the team accepts that, they know what they're up against, and we just have to do what we can, try and get it on track, get to the first race, and hopefully everything goes well and we can at least finish a race and get some information back for 2011. And that's it really, we've just got to go out and do whatever we can do.

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...I thought of it!  ;-)

Seriously, what are Hamish Jamieson and/or Peter Clifford up to?  One would think they could speed up the process of finding settings for the man.

Without question, that will be the best sounding bike on the grid, so they now have marketing heaven!

Wow, I wasn't expecting FB Corse to contest the whole season, I find that less likely but it would be great for Gaz if they do, was anything mentioned about funding and/or sponsorship?