Roberts To Moto2 Class?

Paul Carruthers | June 3, 2009

Kenny Roberts has submitted an application to field a Moto2 team in next year’s World Championship, the three-time World Champion confirmed this morning.Roberts, who last fielded a MotoGP team in 2007, says the new 600cc four-stroke class may be the perfect place for his team to be.”We’re still working on sponsorship stuff,” Roberts said, prior to heading out the door for a round of golf with World Superbike Championship leader Noriyuki Haga. “But we thought we’d get an entry in. It really should be a better class to bring up young Americans in. You have the motors and you get to build the bikes, which is what we’ve always done. If we don’t get the big thing [sponsorship for a return to MotoGP], it may be possible to do that and get some Americans over there racing.”The sponsorship package that Roberts is seeking involves a Las Vegas casino and its projected involvement with a motorsports project that would involve more than just motorcycles.Some 47 teams applied for Moto2 entries with the application period closing on Friday at the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello. A provisional entry list is expected to be released at the next round of the MotoGP World Championship in Spain on June 14.

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Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.