Qianjiang Motors (QJ Motor) is set to become the second Chinese motorcycle maker to look to international grand prix with an entry into the 2022 Moto3 World Championship.
Powerhouse is one of China’s largest and best-known motorcycle manufacturers nationally, as it made inroads into the European market with its purchase and overhaul of Italian Benelli.
It now looks set to expand further into GP races with a deal reportedly made with KTM to rename the RC250GP entered by the Spanish team Avintia Esponsorama Moto3.
Strictly a name change exercise – rather than QJ Motor developing its own Moto3 chassis – it’s a tactic that will now represent five of the six manufacturers listed to compete in 2022.
In addition to QJMotor, Chinese company CFMoto has teamed up with Prustel GP to rebrand its KTM bikes for 2022, while Austrian company direct partners GasGas and Husqvarna – as well as KTM itself – are also in attendance.
This means that the only non-KTM or affiliate brand chassis will be Honda with its NSF250RW, which will be used by five of the Moto3 teams.
QJMotor Avintia Esponsorama, which resumes the VR46 effort after Valentino Rossi’s team took over the MotoGP commitment from Avintia – will race with two protected from the VR46 Academy in Matteo Bertelle and Elia Bartolini this year.