Forghieri linked to bike bid

Famed former Ferrari Formula 1 designer Mauro Forghieri could become the latest technical figure to switch his attention to the increasingly popular MotoGP series, with speculation suggesting he could be behind a bid by BMW to enter the category

Forghieri linked to bike bid

Forghieri currently works for an Italian engine specialist company, Oral Engineering, and the business is being linked with the rumoured bid by BMW for an entry to MotoGP - perhaps as early as the start of 2006.

A report in British newspaper Motor Cycle News on Wednesday claimed that the BMW MotoGP bike could be ready to test as early as February - with veteran racer Jeremy McWilliams being linked with a testing role.

Should the BMW project become reality, then Forghieri would not be the first F1 technical figure to make the switch to two wheels. Alan Jenkins has worked for Ducati, designing the Desmosedici MotoGP bike, while John Barnard was technical director for the Kenny Roberts MotoGP outfit.

Forghieri shot to fame in the 1960's when Enzo Ferrari put him in change of designing the team's car and engine following a walkout of personnel. Under his guidance Ferrari won the drivers' title four times - with John Surtees in 1964, Niki Lauda in 1975 and 1977 and Jody Scheckter in 1979.

He left Ferrari in 1987 to join Lamborghini and, after a brief spell at the short-lived Modena team, he joined Bugatti before taking up his position with Oral Engineering at the end of 1994.

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