It is safe to say that MotoGP’s newest and unexpected recruit didn’t appear from absolutely nowhere, so who exactly is the Go & Fun Gresini teams new signing?
Bryan Staring has carved out a solid career in his home Australian motorcycle scene, the 25 year old from Perth is a three time national champion across 125cc racing, Superbike and Supersport and in 2012 he contested the FIM Superstock 1000 for Pedercini Kawasaki, finishing fourth with three wins to his name (Aragon,Brno & Portmao) and it was his ability to work around the bike issues he faced on the Kawasaki ZX-10R and still achieve wins which lead him into consideration for the Gresini CRT ride from seemingly nowhere.
Staring has also been a wild card rider in WSBK at his home race at Phillip Island and sometimes trains with Superbike legend and fellow countryman Troy Bayliss.
As Casey Stoner retired last season his arrival also means there will still be an Australian presence in the MotoGP class in 2013.
Staring is ready to make the most of his new appointment, taking over from Michele Pirro, who leaves after finishing the season third in the CRT standings to become Ducati test rider:
“In all my racing years I never expected to be in the MotoGP paddock as it seemed unreachable to me. To have the opportunity to race in this championship with a team like Go&Fun Honda Gresini is something incredible. This is my biggest challenge now and I’ll approach it as I have all my other challenges, I’ll give it everything I have. I realize I have a lot to learn and I look forward to taking it all in. I’m very appreciative for Fausto Gresini and the sponsors of the Team who have contributed to the position I’m in now. I can’t wait until I’m rolling out of pit lane”.
Fausto Gresini used the team press release to detail why he thinks Staring is the man for the job:
“The young Australian will be entrusted with carrying forward the CRT project that we all have such belief in, especially after such a great result in the final round of 2012 at Valencia. Bryan shone in the Superstock 1000 series this season with three wins and he has the right approach and ability to help us achieve our objectives with the FTR-Honda. I can’t wait to see him on track and working with our guys and I am sure he will settle in well. ”
Gresini’s full squad line up as Alvaro Bautista with Staring on their CRT entry in MotoGP, Indonesian rider Doni Tata Pradita joins Ratthapark Wilairot in Moto2 and Niccolo Antonelli remains with the team in Moto3, he is partnered by newcomer and fellow Italian Lorenzo Baldassarri.
Both the MotoGP and Moto3 squads are sponsored by Go & Fun while Wilairot is again on a Thai Honda Gresini and Pradita on the Federal Oil sponsored bike rode by Gino Rea last year, who is rumoured to be the rider for the ESGP FTR unconfirmed entry after testing late last week.