Sunday November 9, 2003
One of the most exclusive road motorcycles in the world went on sale recently when Petronas' highly-publicised FP1 roadster was released at GALERI PETRONAS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Only 100 of the limited edition machines will be built, primarily for World Superbike Championship homologation purposes, and Australia has close ties to the project in that the racebike upon which the roadster is based has been ridden this year by Australian Troy Corser.
The unveiling the first large capacity roadster to originate from Malaysia was attended by Malaysia's Minister of Youth and Sports Dato' Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and one of the key figures in the project, Carl Fogarty.
"There is no doubt that this will be the most beautiful bike on the roads. This motorcycle is a credit to PETRONAS, to Malaysia and everyone who been connected with the project. I am very proud to be associated with the FP1. As the first road bike created from a race bike it combines cutting edge technology with real elegance and has set new standards at the top end of the road bike market" said Fogarty.
A total of 150 units of the road version of the FP1 have been manufactured to meet the condition set by the F'd'ration Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) before it could allow the Foggy PETRONAS Racing Team to compete in the World Superbike Championship. The first batch of 75 units of the bikes was manufactured in the United Kingdom and the second batch of the bikes was assembled in Malaysia by PETRONAS.
Of the 150 units, PETRONAS will make available 100 units of this limited edition of the PETRONAS FP1.
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