Yamaha announced it will offer a leasing arrangement for its YZR-M1 engines to teams interested in racing in the MotoGP World Championship. The Japanese manufacturer has signed a leasing arrangement with MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports to supply engines for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Racing teams will be able to lease a Yamaha M1 engine on a per-year basis for their own race bikes. Teams will be free to develop their own chassis or use a chassis from suppliers such as FTR or Suter. Yamaha will not provide any additional engine development on leased engines, so teams will be responsible for their own engine improvements.
Full details including pricing will be released shortly, but interested parties can contact either Dorna or Yamaha for more information.
Racing teams currently competing as Claiming Rule Team entries will likely be interested in the arrangement. CRT squads currently use engines derived from production motorcycles.
[Source: Yamaha, Dorna]