LCR targets two-bike team in 2015
1 December 2013 – LCR Honda is hoping to expand its MotoGP entry to two bikes by the 2015 campaign.
Aside from selected wildcard entries, the outfit has fielded one bike since entering the sport back in 2006, with Germany's Stefan Bradl its lone rider at present.
It had been in talks to expand its entry to two machines with former World Champion Nicky Hayden in 2014, but a deal fell through due to a lack of budget.
However, team boss Lucio Cecchinello is determined to turn his ambition into reality, outlining 2015 as the renewed timeframe.
"Of course, it would be a dream to be able to finalise that programme [with Hayden], but the reality is that in the end – to make a proper plan – we needed a budget," said Cecchinello.
"We were able to find more or less 50 percent of that budget through HRC and American Honda. As for the other 50 percent, we were talking with both potential and existing sponsors, but unfortunately they didn't accept our proposal.
"So, for now we have had to postpone – and I say postpone, as opposed to give up on – our next target, which would be to have a two-rider team."
After his five-year stint with Ducati, Hayden signed for frontrunning CRT outfit Aspar.